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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  • 51.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Lawrence Tibbett
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89576 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Howard Hanson,  Louis Gruenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett,  Giovanni Martinelli,  Herman Dreeben,  Nicholas Massue  ... 
    Conductor:  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Rosario Bourdon,  Wilfrid Pelletier,  Giulio Setti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Leopold Demuth
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89577 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Leopold Demuth,  Hermine Kittel,  Wilhelm Hesch,  Elisa Elizza
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Let's Go To The Opera! / Thomas Heywood
    Label: Pro Organo   Catalog: 7168 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Heywood
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  • 54.
    Wolfgang Brendel - Famous Opera Arias - Rossini, Mozart, Etc
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 177021 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jacques Offenbach,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Brendel,  Hermann Sapell
    Conductor:  Heinz Wallberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Otto Edelmann
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90498 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Otto Edelmann,  Hans Hopf
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt,  Wilhelm Loibner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Prinzregenten Theater - Wagner: Werke / Knote, Kappel, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89305 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Pietro Mascagni,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Brodersen,  Ludwig Weber,  Hans Hopf,  Lorenz Fehenberger  ... 
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  • 57.
    Evening Star - German Opera Arias / Thomas Quasthoff, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471493 Release Date: 03/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Albert Lortzing
    Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff,  Christiane Oelze
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Heinrich Rehkemper Vol 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89538 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Strauss,  Hugo Wolf  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Rehkemper
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 60.
    The Great Polish Bass In Opera & Song / Marian Nowakowski
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 152 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  George Gershwin,  Jules Massenet,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Marian Nowakowski
    Conductor:  Philip Green,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Warwick Braithwaite,  J Kolaczowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Riccardo Stracciari Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89532 Release Date: 07/31/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Riccardo Stracciari
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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    Cantolopera - Baritone Vol 1
    Label: Cantolopera Records   Catalog: 95035 Release Date: 03/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Alberto Gazale,  Roberto Lovera
    Conductor:  Antonello Gotta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Opera Italiana,  Chorus of the Opera Italiana
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  • 64.
    Prima Voce - Heinrich Schlusnus In Opera & Song
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7907 Release Date: 02/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aimé Maillart,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Richard Strauss,  Frida Leider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Arias - Matthias Goerne / Manfred Honeck, Swedish Radio So
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467263 Release Date: 12/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Alban Berg,  Richard Strauss,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  Matthias Goerne,  Dorothea Röschmann
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adolf Frederik Childrens Choir,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus members
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  • 66.
    Prima Voce Vol 2 - Treasury Of Opera - Historic Recordings
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1738 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Félicien César David,  Jacques Offenbach,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Nina Koshetz,  Feodor Chaliapin,  Clement Barone,  Amelita Galli-Curci  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Franco Ghione,  Rosario Bourdon,  Hans Lange  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 67.
    The Golden Age Of Singing Vol 2 - 1910-1920
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7052 Release Date: 08/15/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Barrientos,  Giuseppe de Luca,  Renato Zanelli,  Titta Ruffo  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno,  Romano Romani,  Walter Rogers
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  • 68.
    Prima Voce - Riccardo Stracciari
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7905 Release Date: 03/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Riccardo Stracciari
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  • 69.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Joseph Schwartz II
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89184 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Charles Gounod,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Schwarz,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Heinrich Grünfeld,  Joseph Schwartz
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  • 70.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Pasquale Amato Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89182 Release Date: 12/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alberto Franchetti,  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Pasquale Amato,  Ester Mazzoleni,  Rinaldo Grassi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Harry De Garmo
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89175 Release Date: 08/24/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Eugène d' Albert,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Harry De Garmo
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  • 72.
    Eberhard Waechter - Gluck, Donizetti, Kreutzer, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90346 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Charles Gounod,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Eberhard Wächter,  Anny Schlemm,  Dagmar Naaf,  Maria Stader  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav König,  Ferdinand Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 73.
    Label: Caprice Records   Catalog: 21586 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Charles Gounod,  Ivar Widéen,  Erik Gustaf Geijer  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Stenhammar,  John Forsell,  Martha Ohlson,  Armas Järnefelt  ... 
    Conductor:  Hjalmar Meissner,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
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  • 74.
    Prima Voce - Marcel Journet
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7894 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Arrigo Boito  ... 
    Performer:  Marcel Journet,  Pasquale Amato
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus
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  • 75.
    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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Richard Wagner


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