Barenboim, the chief guest conductor at La Scala, also has said that Italy's musical heritage deserves to be protected.
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"Rheingold is a masterpiece, I don't want to be misunderstood" Barenboim said. "But Wagner with his complexity wrote naturally something that is more important than a simple introduction. It remains a great prologue."