Music: Arrow of Eros

The medieval legend of Tristan, that eponymous sad warrior who conquered Isolde as a love trophy for his king and in turn was conquered by her, has bewitched disparate imaginations. Wagner was moved to his grandest romantic music by the perfect love that could end only in death; Surrealist Poet Jean Cocteau was bemused by it. Now the tale has been stitched into a counterpoint of modern choreographic and orchestral exploration as a ballet at the Opera in Paris.

The work began to take form a year ago, when the German composer Hans Werner...

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