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: Parsifal / Kaufmann, Pape, Gatti, Met Opera [Blu-ray]
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Wagner: Parsifal / Kaufmann, Pape, Gatti, Met
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Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg / Gatti, Volle, Sacca, Gabler, Zeppenfeld
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Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander / Selig, Merbeth, Muzek, Thielemann, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde, An Orchestral Passion - Arranged By Henk De Vlieger / Jarvi, RSNO
Release Date: 02/22/2011   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5087   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 151.
    Music from the Movies
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 46956 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Williams,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Harold Wright,  Anatol Ugorski  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  John Mauceri,  Herbert von Karajan,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert Winds,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 152.
    Opera - Wagner: Ring Of Nibelungen (Highlights) / Haitink
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74135 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  John Tomlinson,  Eva Martón,  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 153.
    A-z Of Opera
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555037-38 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  Roberto Servile,  Nicola Matinucci,  Thomas Sunnegardh,  Katarina Dalayman  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner,  Will Humburg,  Alexander Rahbari,  Leif Segerstam  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Choir,  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Failoni Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 154.
    Klemperer Legacy - Wagner: Orchestral Works Vol 2
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 66806 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 155.
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 946089 Release Date: 07/03/2000   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Johann Pachelbel,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
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  • 156.
    Bayreuth Festival 1927 - Siegfried Wagner, Karl Muck, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90393 Release Date: 03/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Maria Nezadel,  Minnie Ruske-Leopold,  Charlotte Müller,  Ingeborg Holmgren  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Von Hoesslin,  Karl Muck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 157.
    Best Of The Millennium - Top 40 Classical Hits
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463240 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Richard Wagner,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé,  Cheryl Studer,  Mischa Maisky,  Yuli Reyentovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Norman Del Mar,  Daniel Barenboim,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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  • 158.
    Classical Lightning
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1037 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Wagner,  Ferde Grofé,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 159.
    Classical Music In Films
    Label: Fine Tune   Catalog: 4405 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Weber,  Lucy Parham,  Luciano Pavarotti,  John Serge  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Gibson,  Aladar Janes,  Adrian Leaper
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Milan Angelicum Orchestra,  Prague Symphony Orchestra
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  • 160.
    Sounds Of Excellence - Great Music From The Opera
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 671 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Wagner,  Georges Bizet  ... 
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  • 161.
    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Concert Masterpieces
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 627 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Richard Wagner,  Claude Debussy,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  Frank Shipway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 162.
    Wagner's Greatest: Ride Of The Valkyries, Etc
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1044 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 163.
    Cinema Classics, Vol 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503066 Release Date: 08/30/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gustav Mahler,  Samuel Barber  ... 
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  • 164.
    Wagner: Overtures And Orchestral Music / Jansons, Oslo Po
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73299 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 165.
    Resurrection Part I - Composed Music Works 2000-1600
    Label: Winter & Winter   Catalog: 910039 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Franz Schubert,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Mauricio Kagel  ... 
    Performer:  Stefano Barneschi,  Federica Valli,  Paolo Beschi,  Paul Plunkett  ... 
    Conductor:  Uri Caine,  Konrad Ruhland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cuncordu de Orosei,  La Gaia Scienza,  Bell'Arte Salzburg  ... 
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  • 166.
    Pops Stoppers - Jalousie, Etc / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 63304 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Richard Wagner,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 167.
    The Greatest Classical Hits Of Wagner
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1837 Release Date: 02/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
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  • 168.
    Thunder & Lightning / Sir Georg Solti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460496 Release Date: 11/10/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Gottlob Frick,  Pilar Lorengar,  Martti Talvela,  Yvonne Minton  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  World Orchestra for Peace,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 169.
    Wagner E Venezia / Uri Caine Ensemble
    Label: Winter & Winter   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Mark Feldman,  Uri Caine,  Dominic Cortese,  Drew Gress  ... 
    Conductor:  Uri Caine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uri Caine Ensemble
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  • 170.
    Twilight Of The Gods - The Essential Wagner Collection
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 459141 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Herbert von Karajan,  Rafael Kubelik,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 171.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen - Highlights / Runnicles
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 17109 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 172.
    Wagner: Favourite Overtures / Sir Georg Solti
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458214 Release Date: 05/12/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 173.
    The Yellow Guide - Classical Music
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457440 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Wagner,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Marita Napier,  Marilyn Mims,  Linda Kelm,  Diane Kesling  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  James Levine,  Semyon Bychkov,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 174.
    Tune Your Brain - Music To Manage Your Mind, Body And Mood
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457356 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Richard Wagner,  Franz Schubert,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Cheryl Studer,  Gil Shaham,  Trevor Pinnock,  Géza Anda  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  James Levine,  Ion Marin,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bastille Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 175.
    Wagner: Orchestral Music / Levine, The Met Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447764 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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