Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim says Wagner needs to be freed from Hitler association Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim says the perception of Richard Wagner is unjustly influenced by the fact he was Hitler’s favorite composer, infuriating a Holocaust survivors group which blasted the argument as a “moral failure.””We need one day to liberate Wagner of all this weight,” Barenboim told reporters Friday. He is conducting Wagner’s “Die Walkuere” for the gala premiere of La Scala’s season in Milan next week.”I think a bit of the problem with Wagner isn’t what we all know in Israel, anti-Semitism, etc… It is how the Nazis and Hitler saw Wagner as his own prophet. … This perception of Wagner colors for many people the perception of Wagner.”Barenboim said Wagner, who died in 1883, was politically on the left and could not have foreseen the Nazi Holocaust that killed 6 million Jews during World War II.