Considering they've played Wagner at every single wedding I've ever been to (at the moment when the bride walks down the aisle), I find that hard to believe.
And how many people even know that Wagner wrote that music? How many of them have actually heard all of Lohengrin??
I think you've been reading the wrong music critics.
Take a look at the staging of Wagner's operas today and ask yourself: "Is there a right kind?" (pleasant exceptions including the MET and Seattle, I guess)
But associating Wagner with Nazis is like associating Black Sabbath with teenage suicide -- it's just a pointless search for someone besides ourselves to blame.
Tell that to the people of Israel, who have held an unofficial (yet quite strictly enforced) ban on public performances of Wagner since the mid-1930s. (note that this is before the Holocaust) Recently Daniel Barenboim snuck in a performance of the overture to Tristan und Isolde. For presenting the passionate introduction to a classic love story, Barenboim has been accused of "childishness" and "cultural rape" by his countrymen (despite the applause he got for it at the time).
Some Quotes: (from editorials appearing in the Jerusalem Post)
By any standards, it was spiritual, cultural, and psychological rape. --Uri Dan
I wonder how those who stayed and "applauded enthusiastically" felt the morning after. --Adina Steele
Which isn't to say that all Jewish people blame Wagner for the Holocaust (Solti, Klemperer, Levine, Barenboim -- Jewish Wagner Conductors)
I haven't seen anyone with respectable musical opinions do it.
Heh, neither have I. Too bad we're in the minority as to what constitutes "respectable musical opinions."
"No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it." -- Theodore Roosevelt
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