I am SO. RELIEVED.
Rachmaninoff was winning when I left, guys. Winning. Over Tchaikovsky! Is there anything that could possibly be more wrong? (Don’t answer that — I don’t want to know what you’ve seen browsing XTube, thank you.) Thank God a little bit of Disney magic followed me home, and when I closed the poll dear Piotr Ilyich had taken it by one.
Okay, enough of Cagematch!es past. Time for Cagematch!es present. I spent this whole morning trying to figure out what to do next. I still haven’t hit Italy, but I have no idea who to pair with Respighi. Should I go with the Gershwin-Berstein fight I’ve been pondering for awhile? Go straight for the girlfight and then move to round two? I was starting to get worried when I hit it. YES.
Germany, I hope you’ve had enough rest, because in this corner, programming his symphonies and leading with lieder,* it’s
Are you ready? Well, you better GET ready, because in this corner, getting the nod from James Herriot, stubbornly defended by my dad, inspiring great ire and vehement admiration all at once, it’s
That’s pronounced Ri-kard Vahgner, muthatruckers, and don’t you forget it!
Oh, man, I hope this is as much fun as Brahms-Schumann. Mahler works, right? I mean, he gets pretty grandiose in his symphonies, and he loved Wagner! (I almost made it Mendelssohn, but then I realized that 1. Mendelssohn is so not Wagnerian and 2.
some people have no sense of ironic humor. Updated to add: Haha, oops. I just remembered that Mahler was also Jewish. So take your irony pill after all.)
C’mon, be fair. Remember, we’re not voting based on whether we agree on the composer’s personal morals and philosophies; we’re voting based on music. I LIKE Overture to Rienzi. Of course, I also like the “Titan” symphony. I like all of Mahler’s symphonies, really, but then I appreciate the familiarity of Wagner’s operas — you hear a theme and immediately you know where you are.
I expect some fightin’ words in the comments — DO NOT DISAPPOINT ME.
* I know you wanted him to fight Schubert, Bek, but I hope this is some consolation.