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: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Solti
Release Date: 06/09/2015   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002330102   Number of Discs: 16
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Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Wagner / Jonas Kaufmann, Claudio Abbado
Release Date: 04/06/2010   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001413202   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner: Complete Piano Music / Pier Paolo Vincenzi
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94450   Number of Discs: 2
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Wagner: Lohengrin / Nagano, Kaufmann, Harteros, Koch, Schuster [blu-ray]
Release Date: 01/20/2015   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002247759   Number of Discs: 2
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Wagner: Wesendonck-lieder;    Elgar: Sea Pictures / Sarah Rose Taylor
Release Date: 08/11/2015   Label: Msr  
Catalog: 1532   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Marko Rothmüller
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89705 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Franz Schubert,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Marko Rothmüller,  Suzanne Gyr,  Franca Sacchi
    Conductor:  James Robertson,  Alberto Erede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Prima Voce - Igor Gorin Vol 2
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7951 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Albert Hay Malotte,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Adolph Baller,  Igor Gorin
    Conductor:  Charles O'Connell,  Carmen Dragon,  Donald Vorhees
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  • 28.
    Wagner-Gala / Abbado, Studer, Meier, Jerusalem, Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439768 Release Date: 06/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Cheryl Studer,  Bryn Terfel,  Waltraud Meier,  Siegfried Jerusalem
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Concert Recordings
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1804 Release Date: 04/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner,  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 30.
    Wagner For Brass / Canadian Brass, Berlin Po, Bayreuth Brass
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434109 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Brass,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra Brass Players
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    Heroes And Villains - Dmitri Hvorostovsky / Orbelian, Philharmonia Of Russia
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3365 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano,  Richard Wagner,  Anton Rubinstein,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia of Russia
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  • 32.
    Georg Ots Vol 2 - Recordings 1951-1969
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10353 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Anton Rubinstein,  George Gershwin,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Georg Ots
    Conductor:  Kirill Raudsepp,  Prokhorow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 33.
    Dokumente Einer Sängerkarriere - Fischer-dieskau
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93450 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Wagner,  Otto Nicolai  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Heinz Borst,  Lorenz Fehenberger,  Rita Streich  ... 
    Conductor:  Mario Rossi,  Paul Schmitz,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Fritz Busch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Comic Opera Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 34.
    Eterna Collection - Grosse Sänger / Karl Schmidt-walter
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3309 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Albert Lortzing  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Schmitt-Walter,  Hilde Scheppan,  Wilhelm Lang
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother,  Horst Stein,  Hanns Steinkopf,  Otto Dobrindt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
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  • 35.
    José Carreras Collection - A Bolshoi Opera Night
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101409 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Friedrich von Flotow,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Alfredo Kraus,  Ljuba Kazarnovskaya,  Hermann Prey,  Rolando Panerai  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Ermler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Heinrich Schlusnus - Baritone
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3306 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jacques Offenbach,  Richard Wagner,  Heinrich Marschner  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Helge Rosvaenge
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother,  Johannes Schüler,  Leo Blech,  Hanns Steinkopf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Vocal Rarities / D'Andrade, Chaliapin, Ershov, King, et al
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1350 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Ambroise Thomas,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Performer:  Feodor Chaliapin,  Roxy King,  Francis MacLennan,  Luise Perard-Petzl  ... 
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  • 38.
    Best Opera Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70879 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    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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  • 39.
    Prima Voce - John Charles Thomas In Opera & Song
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7931 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  May Brahe,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Frank Bridge  ... 
    Performer:  John Charles Thomas,  Carroll Hollister
    Conductor:  Frank Edward Tours,  Charles O'Connell,  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Nat Finston
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Ludwig - Original Soundtrack Recording
    Label: Drg   Catalog: 19092 Release Date: 07/11/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Jacques Offenbach,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Claudio Gizzi,  Franco Mannino
    Conductor:  Franco Mannino
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Alexei Ivanov
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89645 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Alexei Ivanov,  Maria Maksakova
    Conductor:  Alexander Melik-Pashayev,  Vassily Nebolssin,  Vladimir Delman,  V. Smirnov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  USSR State Radio/TV Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Classic Library - Wagner: Arias & Scenes
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 76228 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier,  Sherrill Milnes,  Ben Heppner,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Anton Guadagno,  Sir Colin Davis,  Joseph Keilberth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 43.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Herbert Janssen
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89640 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert Lortzing,  Charles Gounod,  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Herbert Janssen,  Margherita Perras,  Lauritz Melchior,  Torsten Ralf  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Zweig,  Karl Elmendorff,  Selmar Meyrowitz,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 44.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Michael Bohnen Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89633 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Albert Maria Radecke,  Carl Binder,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Bohnen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Bayerische Staatsoper 1997-2005 Live / Mehta, Bolton, Et Al
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108023 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  David Daniels,  Peter Seiffert,  Waltraud Meier,  Martin Gantner  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Classic Recitals - Tom Krause - The Heroic Baritone / Quadri
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4756814 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Alexander Borodin,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Krause
    Conductor:  Argeo Quadri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Prima Voce - Emilio De Gogorza
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7922 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Ambroise Thomas,  Jules Massenet,  Emile Paladilhe  ... 
    Performer:  Emilio de Gogorza,  Marcella Sembrich,  Emma Eames
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  • 48.
    Great Baritone Arias / Tommi Hakala, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1048 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Charles Gounod,  Umberto Giordano,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Tommi Hakala
    Conductor:  Eri Klas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Sigurd Bjorling
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93437 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Sigurd Björling,  Birgit Nilsson,  Paul Kuen
    Conductor:  Herbert Sandberg,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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  • 50.
    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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