Richard Wagner

Biography

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: The Ring Without Words / Maazel, Berlin Philharmonic
Release Date: 09/25/2012   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2020228   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner: Die Meistersinger / Jurowski, Finley , Selinger, Miles, Gabler, Jentzsch [blu-ray]
Release Date: 10/30/2012   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 7108   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner: Parsifal / Nagano, Ventris, Meier, Salminen, Hampson
Release Date: 05/25/2010   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 7063   Number of Discs: 2
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Wagner: Complete Piano Works / Dario Bonuccelli
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Dynamic  
Catalog: 761   Number of Discs: 2
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Wagner, Verdi: Paraphrases for Violin & Piano / Manara, Sollini
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Concerto  
Catalog: 2092   Number of Discs: 1
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    Mahler: Kindertotenlieder, Etc;  Wagner / Flagstad, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 468486 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Great Voices Of The Past - Great Moments From Wagner Operas
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 8004 Release Date: 11/06/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Theodor Scheidl,  Lydia Kindermann,  Helge Rosvaenge,  Pearl Yoder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Rca Red Seal Century - Vocalists
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63860 Release Date: 11/06/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Luisa Tetrazzini,  Titta Ruffo,  Giovanni Martinelli,  Alma Gluck  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Rosario Bourdon,  Renato Cellini,  Marcello Viotti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    Italian Singers Of Wagner Vol 2 / Del Monaco, Pertile, Et Al
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6354 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Giuseppe Modesti,  Africo Baldelli,  Maria Callas,  Luigi Rossi-Morelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui,  Lorenzo Molajoli,  Carlo Sabajno,  Argeo Quadri  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Rome,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 55.
    Recitals - An Evening With Birgit Nilsson Vol 1
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 2033 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Wolfgang Windgassen,  Birgit Nilsson,  Hermann Uhde,  Astrid Varnay  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 56.
    Wagner Gala / Knappertsbusch, Flagstad, Nilsson, London
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458238 Release Date: 08/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Birgit Nilsson,  George London,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Grace Hoffman
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Aus Münchens Operngeschichte - History Of The Munich Opera
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89405 Release Date: 05/30/2000   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Louise Höfer,  Ella Tordek,  Elisabeth Ohms,  Delia Reinhardt  ... 
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  • 58.
    The Golden Age Of Singing Vol 1 - 1900-1910
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7050 Release Date: 04/11/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Gioachino Rossini,  John Liptrott Hatton,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Kastorsky,  Marcella Sembrich,  Adamo Didur,  Charles Santley  ... 
    Conductor:  I. P. Arkadiev,  Carlo Sabajno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  I Solisti della Scala
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  • 59.
    Prima Voce - Elisabeth Rethberg
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7903 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Rethberg
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  • 60.
    Helen Traubel and Lauritz Melchior Sing Wagner
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 60896 Release Date: 06/29/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Helen Traubel,  Lauritz Melchior,  Herbert Janssen,  Torsten Ralf  ... 
    Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski,  Robert Kinsky,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Fritz Busch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Orchestra,  Columbia Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 61.
    The Art Of Maria Müller - Wagner, Puccini, Brahms, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89235 Release Date: 06/01/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Max Reger  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Raucheisen,  Maria Müller,  Ivor Newton,  Tino Pattiera  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Heger,  Leo Blech,  Heinz Tietjen,  Arthur Rother  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Municipal Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Four Austrian Sopranos Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89973 Release Date: 07/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Hilde Konetzni,  Maria Reining,  Luise Helletsgruber,  Berta Kiurina
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  • 63.
    Four Famous German Sopranos
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89971 Release Date: 07/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Giacomo Puccini,  Bedrich Smetana,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Margarete Teschemacher,  Tiana Lemnitz,  Maria Müller,  Franz Völker  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Leo Blech,  Robert Heger,  Fritz Zweig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin City Opera Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Mafalda Favero
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89162 Release Date: 07/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Ugo Bottacchiari,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Mafalda Favero,  Tito Schipa,  Alessandro Ziliani
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  • 65.
    Richard Wagner On Record
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89404 Release Date: 07/04/1998   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Berta Morena,  Nicola Geisse-Winkel,  Gertrud Bindernagel,  Karl Armster  ... 
    Conductor:  Selmar Meyrowitz,  Johannes Schüler,  Walter Lutze,  Manfred Gurlitt  ... 
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  • 66.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Kirsten Flagstad
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89141 Release Date: 05/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Hans Lange
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Maria Caniglia
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89131 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Francesco Cilèa,  Alfredo Catalani,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Caniglia,  Tancredi Pasero
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli,  Luigi Ricci,  Gino Marinuzzi,  Umberto Berrettoni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 68.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Helen Traubel
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89120 Release Date: 10/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Helen Traubel,  Kurt Baum
    Conductor:  Charles O'Connell,  Artur Rodzinski,  Ernst Knoch,  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 69.
    Prima Voce - Nezhdanova In Opera & Song
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7877 Release Date: 06/04/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Joaquin Valverde,  Richard Wagner,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Antonina Nezhdanova,  U. Masetti
    Conductor:  I. P. Arkadiev
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  • 70.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Maria Németh
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89109 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Karl Goldmark,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Németh
    Conductor:  Karl Alwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Evelyn Lear And Thomas Stewart Sing Wagner & Strauss
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1011 Release Date: 11/06/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Thomas Stewart,  Evelyn Lear
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  • 72.
    Prima Voce - Great Singers At The Gran Teatro Del Liceo
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7869 Release Date: 06/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Edoardo Mascheroni,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Barrientos,  Riccardo Stracciari,  Francisco Viñas,  Mattia Battistini  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno,  Gelabert,,  Robert Heger,  Lorenzo Molajoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 73.
    Prima Voce - Rosa Ponselle Vol 2
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7846 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Charles,  Charles Gounod,  Jules Massenet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Rosa Ponselle,  Elsie Baker
    Conductor:  Romano Romani,  Rosario Bourdon
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  • 74.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Hina Spani
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89037 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Floro Manuel Ugarte,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Apollo Granforte,  Hina Spani
    Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno,  Gino Nastrucci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Margarete Teschemacher
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89049 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Margarete Teschemacher,  Irma Beilke,  Marcel Wittrisch
    Conductor:  Hanns Udo Müller,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Karl Böhm,  Fritz Zaun
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin City Opera Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Saxon State Orchestra
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