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: Lieder / Sburlati, Scolastra
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94451   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Grimsley, Mellor, Blythe, Vinke, Fisch, Seattle Opera
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Avie  
Catalog: 2313   Number of Discs: 14
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Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde / Knappertsbusch, Klose, Braun, Treptow, Frantz
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Andromeda  
Catalog: 9011   Number of Discs: 3
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Wagner: Highlights From Tristan Und Isolde & Tannhauser
Release Date: 03/13/2012   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 6164   Number of Discs: 1
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Schumann & Wagner / Butt, London Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 05/08/2012   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 6163   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

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  • 76.
    Sunday Evenings With Pierre Monteux - California 1941-52
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1192 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Olivier Messiaen,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothy Warenskjold,  William Kapell,  Boris Blinder,  Naum Blinder  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Standard Symphony Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Pierre Monteux In France 1952-58 Concert Performances
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1182 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Greindl,  Libero De Luca,  Hélène Bouvier,  Maria Stader  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
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  • 78.
    Wagner: Orchestral Excerpts / Toscanini, Nbc So
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1382 Release Date: 07/11/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Weekend Classics - A Wagner Weekend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000658602 Release Date: 07/04/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Karl Böhm,  Wilhelm Pitz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 80.
    Famous Conductors - Hans Knappertsbusch
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90699 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Franz Lechleitner,  Günther Treptow
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 81.
    Wagner: Die Fliegende Hollander Highlights / Konwitschny
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3264 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Rudolf Schock,  Marianne Schech,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus
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  • 82.
    Carl Muck
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1345 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Karl Muck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra members
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  • 83.
    Karajan Collection - Wagner: Orchestral Music / Berlin PO
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76896 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
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  • 84.
    The Karajan Collection - Bruckner: Symphony No 8, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76901 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Otto Nicolai,  Richard Wagner,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 85.
    The Power Of Wagner
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 72888 Release Date: 04/05/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  George Szell,  Lorin Maazel,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
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  • 86.
    Wagner: Overtures & Preludes
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775445 Release Date: 03/10/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
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  • 87.
    Historical - Wagner: Operatic Extracts / Furtwängler
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 86191 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Wagner: Preludes & Overtures / Kreizberg, Netherlands Po
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186041 Release Date: 12/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Historic Organs Of North Carolina
    Label: Pro Organo   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 11/30/2004   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault,  Henry Thomas Smart,  Henry Morton Dunham  ... 
    Performer:  Kristin Gronning Farmer,  Grant Hellmers,  Stewart Wayne Foster,  Rosalind Mohnsen  ... 
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  • 90.
    The Most Frightening Music In The Universe
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17433 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Bernard Herrmann,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Best Of Wagner
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 477503 Release Date: 05/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Thomas Stewart,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Karl [Bass Vocal] Ridderbusch  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Silvio Varviso,  Riccardo Chailly,  Otto Gerdes  ... 
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  • 92.
    Wagner: Orchestral Music / Herbert Von Karajan, Berlin Po
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 62772 Release Date: 04/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
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  • 93.
    Wagner: Overtures, Preludes / Varviso, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186123 Release Date: 08/26/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Richard Schumacher,  Silvio Varviso
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 94.
    Wagner: Overtures And Preludes / Caetani, Schumann Po
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47635 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Schumann Philharmonic
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  • 95.
    Wagner: Overtures, Preludes, Arias / Andre Cluytens, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1256 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Rita Gorr
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Stokowski - Classic 1947-1949 Columbia Recordings Vol 1
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 533 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Richard Wagner,  Charles Tomlinson Griffes  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 97.
    Wagner: Orchestral Music / Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 67896 Release Date: 09/17/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Wagner / Terfel, Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471348 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 99.
    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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    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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