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
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Wagner: Parsifal / Kaufmann, Pape, Gatti, Met Opera [Blu-ray]
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Catalog: 372572   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner, Strauss / Richard Hickox, Jard Van Nes, Et Al
Release Date: 06/21/2005   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10313   Number of Discs: 1
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Great Opera Choirs - Wagner, Mozart, Verdi, Purcell, Et Al
Release Date: 01/30/2007   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 4046   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner: Two Symphonies, Marches, Rienzi Overture / Jarvi, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Release Date: 03/27/2012   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5097   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

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  • 101.
    Wagner: Overtures And Preludes / Gerd Albrecht, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9870 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Gerd Albrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 102.
    Wagner: Lohengrin, Meistersinger - Overtures, Preludes, Etc
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469226 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Kurt Moll,  Birgit Nilsson,  Roberto Banuelas  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Karl Böhm,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus  ... 
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  • 103.
    Karajan Edition - R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben;  Wagner
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 66108 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Famous Overtures / Antonio De Almeida, Moscow So
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7136 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonín Dvorák,  Giacomo Puccini,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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  • 105.
    Famous Overtures - Marriage Of Figaro, Egmont, Hebrides, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553627 Release Date: 10/05/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 106.
    Richard Strauss Conducts - Mozart, Wagner, Strauss, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90392 Release Date: 02/22/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Strauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 107.
    Classical Sailing - Wagner, Delius, Strauss, Et Al
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1052 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Robert Schumann,  Frederick Delius,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Classical Terror
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1033 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Hector Berlioz,  Antonio Bazzini,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 109.
    The Begian Years Vol 13 / University Of Illinois Symphonic Band
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 3085 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Harry Begian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Illinois Symphonic Band
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  • 110.
    Famous Overtures / Sir Georg Solti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460982 Release Date: 11/09/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Emanuel Brabec
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 111.
    Klemperer Legacy - Wagner: Orchestral Works Vol 1
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 66805 Release Date: 09/08/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 112.
    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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  • 113.
    Wagner: Overtures & Preludes / Maazel, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 36699 Release Date: 02/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Wagner: Overtures And Preludes / Bohm, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453989 Release Date: 09/08/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander (Highlights) / Levine, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 61969 Release Date: 04/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Birgitta Svendén,  Deborah Voigt,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Ben Heppner  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 116.
    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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  • 117.
    Knappertsbusch Dirigiert Richard Wagner
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90286 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Wagner: Orchestral Music / Ormandy, Szell
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 62403 Release Date: 04/16/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Wagner: Overtures And Preludes / Barenboim, Chicago So
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 99595 Release Date: 01/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Rudolf Kempe Conducts Wagner
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1035 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
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  • 121.
    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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  • 122.
    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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  • 123.
    Art Of Classics - Beruhmte Ouverturen Und Zwischenspiele
    Label: Intercord Klassische Diskothek   Catalog: 25929 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Zanotelli,  Gunter Neidlinger,  George Randolph Warren,  Carl-August Bünte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Philharmonic Orchestra,  Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 124.
    Wagner: Overtures And Preludes / Böhm, Gerdes, Kubelik Et Al
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 439687 Release Date: 02/14/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Otto Gerdes,  Karl Böhm,  Rafael Kubelik,  Eugen Jochum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 125.
    Bruno Walter Edition - Wagner: Orchestral Music
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64456 Release Date: 01/24/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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