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 - An Orchestral Adventure - Arranged by Henk de Vlieger
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Catalog: 2052   Number of Discs: 1
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Elgar: Sea Pictures;  Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder;  Etc
Release Date: 04/04/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 530   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner: Parsifal / Haenchen, Richards, Larsson, Rootering, Mayer, Tomasso
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James Rutherford Sings Wagner
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Catalog: 2080   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Grimsley, Mellor, Blythe, Vinke,   Fisch, Seattle Opera
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Catalog: 2313   Number of Discs: 14
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Work: Siegfried's Funeral Music

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  • 101.
    Faszination Musik - Wagner / Carl Schuricht
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93019 Release Date: 01/22/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 102.
    Rererences - Wagner: Operatic Extracts / Furtwangler Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 64935 Release Date: 08/07/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Wagner: Der Ring Nibelungen (Highlights) / Karajan, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469223 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jess Thomas,  Thomas Stewart,  Cvetka Ahlin,  Liselotte Rebmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Bandboy - Musket, Fire & Drum
    Label: Bandleader   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Michael Hall,  Traditional,  Herman Koenig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Air Force Regiment Band,  Massed Corps of Drums of the Guards,  Household Division Massed Bands  ... 
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  • 105.
    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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  • 106.
    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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  • 107.
    Merit - Bruckner: Symphony No 3;  Wagner / Knappertsbusch
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4257 Release Date: 01/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Wagner: The Ring - Great Scenes / Solti, Vienna PO, et al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448933 Release Date: 07/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Helga Dernesch,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Berit Lindholm,  Marilyn Tyler  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 109.
    Karg-elert: Harmonium Works Vol 2 / Johannes Matthias Michel
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999523 Release Date: 06/02/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Johannes Matthias Michel
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  • 110.
    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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  • 111.
    Wilhelm Furtwangler - Wagner: Tannhauser Overture, Etc
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1141 Release Date: 04/14/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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  • 112.
    R. Strauss, Wagner / Wolfgang Sawallisch, Philharmonia
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1112 Release Date: 10/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 113.
    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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  • 114.
    Karl Muck - The Electrical Wagner Recordings 1927-1928
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1118-2 Release Date: 09/23/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Karl Muck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Wagner: Orchestral Music / Klaus Tennstedt
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 68616 Release Date: 06/25/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 116.
    Wagner: The Best Of The Ring / Böhm, Nilsson, Rysanek, Et Al
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 454020 Release Date: 04/09/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Dorothea Siebert,  Ruth Hesse,  Helga Dernesch,  Gustav Neidlinger  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Max Von Schillings Dirigiert Wagner Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90267 Release Date: 03/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Max von Schillings
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Bruno Walter - The Early Recordings - Schumann And Wagner
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1059 Release Date: 11/06/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Robert Schumann
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  British Symphony Orchestra,  Mozart Festival Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Opera At The Movies
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8551164 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner,  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Miroslav Dvorsky,  Miriam Gauci,  Luba Orgonasova,  Jonathan Welch  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Uwe Mund,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Will Humburg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Orchestra,  Slovak State Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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  • 120.
    Wagner: Die Götterdämmerung Highlights / Barenboim, Bayreuth
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 97909 Release Date: 08/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Anne Evans,  Philip Kang,  Bodo Brinkmann,  Siegfried Jerusalem  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 121.
    Wagner: Opera Overtures & Excerpts
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445571 Release Date: 08/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
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  • 122.
    150 Jahre Wiener Philharmoniker / Hans Knappertsbusch
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90116 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Carl Michael Ziehrer,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Max Lorenz
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 123.
    Wagner: Legende De Wagner
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 555275 Release Date: 11/03/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
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  • 124.
    Wagner: Orchestral Favourites / Solti, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 440606 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 125.
    Cinema Classics 9
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 556629 Release Date: 10/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar,  Wolfgang Rübsam,  Dong-Suk Kang,  Pascal Devoyon  ... 
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Barry Wordsworth,  Bohdan Warchal,  Oliver Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak State Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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