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: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg / Gatti, Volle, Sacca, Gabler, Zeppenfeld
Release Date: 07/29/2014   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 72688   Number of Discs: 2
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Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander / Selig, Merbeth, Muzek, Thielemann, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Release Date: 07/29/2014   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1140   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner: Parsifal / Kaufmann, Pape, Gatti, Met Opera [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 04/01/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 372572   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner: Parsifal / Kaufmann, Pape, Gatti, Met
Release Date: 04/01/2014   Label: Sony  
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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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    Opera Encores / Butterfield, Polegato, Bradshaw, Et Al
    Label: Cbc Sm 5000 Series   Catalog: 5196 Release Date: 08/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Halévy,  Leo Fall,  Albert Lortzing,  Friedrich von Flotow  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Butterfield,  Brett Polegato,  Peter Neelands
    Conductor:  Richard Bradshaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Opera Company Orchestra,  Canadian Children's Opera Chorus
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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    Simply The Best Night At The Opera / Algana, Bartoli, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 26499 Release Date: 07/06/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Annick Massis,  Marilyn Horne,  Håkan Hagegård  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Marc Minkowski,  Lawrence Foster,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Le Concert des Tuileries,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    Bo Skovhus - Arias /Conlon, English National Opera Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60035 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Wagner,  Benjamin Britten,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Boje Skovhus
    Conductor:  James Conlon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English National Opera Orchestra
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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Andrej Ivanov
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89067 Release Date: 07/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Rubinstein,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Andrei Ivanov,  Irina Maslennikova
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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    Four Famous German Baritones
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89978 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Albert Lortzing,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  Gerhard Hüsch,  Hans Wocke,  Karl Hammes,  Herbert Janssen  ... 
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  • 95.
    Dokumente Einer Sängerkarriere - Paul Schöffler
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90325 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Paul Schöffler,  Irmgard Seefried
    Conductor:  Hermann Abendroth,  Karl Rankl,  Karl Böhm,  Wilhelm Loibner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 96.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Joel Berglund
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89151 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Johan August Söderman,  Andreas Hallén,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Joel Berglund
    Conductor:  Nils Grevillius,  Leo Blech
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Four Famous Wagnerian Baritones
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89982 Release Date: 05/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Rudolf Bockelmann,  Lauritz Melchior,  Hans Hermann Nissen,  Josef Herrmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich,  Albert Coates,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra  ... 
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  • 98.
    Mattia Battistini - Il Re Dei Baritoni
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89304 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Luigi Denza,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Augusto Rotoli  ... 
    Performer:  Mattia Battistini,  Carlo Sabajno,  Elvira Barbieri,  Vincenzo Bettoni  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 99.
    The Art Of Willi Domgraf-fassbaender
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89228 Release Date: 02/18/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender,  Walter Grossmann,  Erna Berger,  Walther Beck  ... 
    Conductor:  Manfred Gurlitt,  Clemens Schmalstich,  Fritz Zweig,  Erich Orthmann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin City Opera Orchestra
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  • 100.
    Alexander Kipnis - Opera Arias & Songs
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 62354 Release Date: 01/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur Bergh,  Alexander Kipnis,  Frank Bibb
    Conductor:  Robert Hood Bowers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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