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As the curtain goes up, we see a rocky grotto, with reclining nymphs and dancing naiads. Tannhauser rests his head in the lap of his temptress, the voluptuous Venus. That's what's happening on stage during about the first 14 minutes of the opera Tannhauser, by Richard Wagner. Hear those 14 minutes of music in a concert version played by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher.



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