Richard Wagner


Born: May 22, 1813; Germany   Died: Feb 13, 1883; Italy   Period: Romantic
Richard Wagner was one of the most revolutionary figures in the history of music, a composer who made pivotal contributions to the development of harmony and musical drama that reverberate even today. Indeed, though Wagner occasionally produced successful music written on a relatively modest scale, opera -- the bigger, the better -- was clearly his milieu, and his aesthetic is perhaps the most grandiose that Western music has ever known. Early in Read more his career, Wagner learned both the elements and the practical, political realities of his craft by writing a handful of operas which were unenthusiastically, even angrily, received. Beginning with Rienzi (1838-40) and The Flying Dutchman (1841), however, he enjoyed a string of successes that propelled him to immortality and changed the face of music. His monumental Ring cycle of four operas -- Das Rheingold (1853-54), Die Walküre (1854-56), Siegfried (1856-71) and Götterdämmerung (1869-74) -- remains the most ambitious and influential contribution by any composer to the opera literature. Tristan and Isolde (1857-59) is perhaps the most representative example of Wagner's musical style, which is characterized by a high degree of chromaticism, a restless, searching tonal instability, lush harmonies, and the association of specific musical elements (known as leitmotifs, the flexible manipulation of which is one of the glories of Wagner's music) with certain characters and plot points. Wagner wrote text as well as music for all his operas, which he preferred to call "music dramas."
Wagner's life matched his music for sheer drama. Born in Leipzig on May 22, 1813, he began in the early 1830s to write prolifically on music and the arts in general; over his whole career, his music would to some degree serve to demonstrate his aesthetic theories. He often worked as a conductor in his early years; a conducting engagement took him to Riga, Latvia, in 1837, but he fled the country in the middle of the night two years later to elude creditors. Wagner as a young man had some sympathy with the revolutionary movements of the middle nineteenth century (and even the Ring cycle contains a distinct anti-materialist and vaguely socialist drift); in the Dresden uprisings of 1849 he apparently took up arms, and he had to leave Germany when the police restored order. Settling in Zurich, Switzerland, he wrote little for some years but evolved the intellectual framework for his towering mature masterpieces. Wagner returned to Germany in 1864 under the protection and patronage of King Ludwig II of Bavaria; it was in Bayreuth, near Munich, that he undertook the construction of an opera house (completed in 1876) built to his personal specifications and suited to the massive fusion of music, staging, text, and scene design that his later operas entailed. Bayreuth became something of a shrine for the fanatical Wagnerites who carried the torch after his death; it remains the goal of many a pilgrimage today. His attitude toward Jews was deeply ambivalent (he believed, mistakenly, that his stepfather was Jewish), but some of his writings contain anti-Semitic elements that have aroused considerable controversy among opera lovers, especially in view of Adolf Hitler's apparent predilection for the composer's music. Read less
Wagner: Orchestral Music from The Ring / Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic
Release Date: 03/09/2018   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573839   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner Without Words / Llyr Williams
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Signum Classics  
Catalog: 388   Number of Discs: 2
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Wagner: Orchestral Excerpts, Vol. 2 / Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
Release Date: 08/28/2012   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572768   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner: Concert Overtures / Markl, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony
Release Date: 09/08/2017   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573414   Number of Discs: 1
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The Best Of Wagner
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8556657   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Passione - Opera For Lovers
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149522 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Otto Nicolai,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia Geszty,  Evelyn Lear,  Thomas Stewart,  Hanne-Lore Kuhse  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Heinz Fricke,  Otmar Suitner,  Siegfried Kurz  ... 
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  • 27.
    Welte-mignon Piano Vol 2 - Hotel Waldhaus Sils-maria
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7111 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sydney Smith,  Richard Wagner,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Carl Schmidt,  Felix Mottl,  Arthur Friedheim,  David Schor  ... 
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  • 28.
    Great Operatic Arias - Christine Brewer, Vol 2 / Parry, London PO
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3159 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Antonín Dvorák,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Robinson,  Christine Brewer,  Judith Howarth
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 29.
    The Record of Singing Vol 5 - From the LP to the Digital Era
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28949 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Jacques Offenbach,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  Luciana Serra,  Neil Shicoff,  Alain Vanzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Georges Prętre,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra,  Paris Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 30.
    Pilar Lorengar In Recital
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4476 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Barbieri,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Juan Pons,  Miguel Zanetti
    Conductor:  Miguel Gómez-Martinez,  Luis Garcia-Navarro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish Radio/TV Orchestra,  Spanish Radio/TV Chorus
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  • 31.
    Icon: Victoria de los Angeles - The Opera Singer
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17308 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Jussi Björling,  Boris Christoff,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Morelli,  Stanford Robinson,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Gabriele Santini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  RCA Victor Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Aino Ackté - Collected Recordings 1902-1913
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: ODE883 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Goring Thomas,  André Messager,  Edvard Grieg,  Paul Vidal  ... 
    Performer:  Aino Ackté
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  • 33.
    Wagner: Opera Arias and Duets / Nilsson, Hotter
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 9703 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Birgit Nilsson,  Hans Hotter
    Conductor:  Leopold Ludwig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Romantic Opera Arias
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 69501 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Bedrich Smetana,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Christa Ludwig
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Heinrich Schmitz,  Heinz Wallberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Régine Crespin - Un Portrait
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64434 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Régine Crespin,  John Wustman,  Janine Reiss,  Jacques Mars  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann,  Georges Prętre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  French National Radio Orchestra  ... 
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  • 36.
    Johanna Gadski - Recordings 1904-1917
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10092 Release Date: 07/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Johanna Gadski,  Marcel Journet,  Marie Mattfied,  Ellison Van Hoose
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  • 37.
    Mireille Flery - Radio Broadcast Recordings
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10375 Release Date: 05/14/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Michalis Vourtsis,  Spiro Samara,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Mireille Flery,  Despina Helmi-karamauna,  Rita Ferringo
    Conductor:  Filoctetes Oikonomide,  Totis Karalivanos,  Franco Caracciolo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Greek Radio Orchestra,  Naples Scarlatti Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Gré Brouwenstijn - Wagner, Verdi, Beethoven, Weber
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426031 Release Date: 03/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gré Brouwenstijn
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt,  Willem van Otterloo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hague Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder, Arias / Charlotte Margiono, Et Al
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186077 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Charlotte Margiono
    Conductor:  Ed Spanjaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Tiana Lemnitz Vol 2 - Wagner-Szenen
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10144 Release Date: 09/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Tiana Lemnitz,  Franz Völker,  Margarete Klose,  Rudolf Bockelmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Rudolf Kempe
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  • 41.
    Wagner, Strauss / Pieczonka, Schirmer, Munich Rso
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 665061 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Adrianne Pieczonka
    Conductor:  Ulf Schirmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Prima Voce - Great Singers Vol 2 (1903-1939)
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7812 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Wagner,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Mafalda Favero,  Jussi Björling,  Harry Ebert,  Kirsten Flagstad  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Leo Blech
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 43.
    The Art Of Victoria De Los Angeles - Mozart, Puccini, Etc
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6472 Release Date: 11/04/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Charles Gounod,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Gerald Moore,  Cesare Valletti,  Jussi Björling  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Pierre Monteux,  Sir Thomas Beecham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 44.
    The Complete Félia Litvinne and Selected Recordings by Natalya Yermolenko-Yuzhina
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52049 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Alexander N. Serov  ... 
    Performer:  Natalia Yermolenko-Yuzhina,  David Yuzhin,  Félia Litvinne,  Alfred Cortot
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  • 45.
    The Very Best Of Hildegard Behrens
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 86308 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Hildegard Behrens,  Robert Schunk,  David Syrus,  José van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schneider,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Michel Plasson,  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 46.
    Wagner Heroines
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 32317 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Mária Temesi
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
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  • 47.
    Dame Gwyneth Jones Sings Wagner / Paternostro
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10286 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones
    Conductor:  Roberto Paternostro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 48.
    100 Best Opera Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 862112 Release Date: 02/15/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Gary Lakes,  Maria Callas,  Tito Gobbi,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  James Conlon,  Alceo Galliera,  Lamberto Gardelli,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 49.
    Welte-mignon Mystery, Vol. 2: Felix Mottl
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: 135 Release Date: 02/15/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
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  • 50.
    Prima Voce - Emmy Destinn
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7910 Release Date: 03/02/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Emmy Destinn,  Karl Jörn,  Maria Duchęne
    Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
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