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 Opera [Blu-ray]
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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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Ives: Three Places in New England; Sibelius, Wagner / Michael Tilson Thomas
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5111   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner: Parsifal / Kaufmann, Pape, Gatti, Met
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Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg / Gatti, Volle, Sacca, Gabler, Zeppenfeld
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Catalog: 72688   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod

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  • 26.
    For Mother - A Classical Bouquet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001267302 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Jules Massenet,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Nigel Kennedy  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Art Of Bernard Haitink
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001267402 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 28.
    Bernstein, Gershwin, Ravel, Wagner / Barenboim, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 69816 Release Date: 02/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Maurice Ravel,  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Donald Peck
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Wagner: Overtures & Preludes / Ozawa, Berlin Phil
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426271 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Wagner: The Flying Dutchman Overture, Etc / Halle
    Label: Hallé   Catalog: 7517 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
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    German Composers Conduct Wagner, Egk, Schrecker, Künneke, Etc / Berlin Po, Et Al
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 9787 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Max von Schillings,  Eduard Künneke,  Franz Schreker  ... 
    Conductor:  Siegfried Wagner,  Max von Schillings,  Eduard Künneke,  Franz Schreker  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra  ... 
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    Tragic Lovers - Wagner: Prelude & Liebestod From Tristan And Isolde, Etc  / Depriest, Oregon So
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3369 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  James DePreist
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
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    Mahler, Wagner / Lott, Quatuor Schumann
    Label: Aeon   Catalog: 858 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Felicity Lott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schumann String Quartet
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    Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Etc / Stokowski, Frankfurt Rso, Et Al
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2329 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Richard Wagner,  Claude Debussy,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Herbert Von Karajan 2008 - The Great Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 16091 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Ulrich Koch,  Sviatoslav Richter,  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 36.
    Karajan - Complete Emi Recordings 1946-84 Vol 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 12038 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 88
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  E. Nikolaus von Reznicek,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Ernst Haefliger,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 37.
    Wagner: Orchestral Works From The Operas
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 567893 Release Date: 01/13/2008  
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Wagner: Ouvertures & Preludes
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 826674 Release Date: 01/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 39.
    Label: Relief Classical   Catalog: 991068 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Gustav Mahler
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    Wagner: Preludes And Overtures / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 413754 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Sir Georg Solti - The Maestro
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001010909 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Leó Weiner,  Zoltán Kodály,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Wagner Without Words / Fruhbeck De Burgos, Dresden Philharmonic
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 87095 Release Date: 11/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Great Works Of Richard Wagner / Steinberg, Leinsdorf
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65208 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  Concert Arts Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Wagner: Orchestral Highlights / Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Rca Silver Seal   Catalog: 60493 Release Date: 07/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    Wagner: The Flying Dutchman Overture, Etc / Hallé
    Label: Hallé   Catalog: 7517 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Daniel Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2055538 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Giovanni Bottesini,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Nabil Shehata,  Kyril Zlotnikov
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Carl Schuricht Collection - Historical Recordings 1950-1966
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93140 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Richard Wagner,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Barry McDaniel,  Clara Haskil,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble,  Hessian Radio Chorus Frankfurt  ... 
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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    Václav Talich Special Edition Vol 8 - Tchaikovsky, Wagner
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3828 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Vaclav Talich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Toscanini - The Television Concerts 1948-52 Vol. 4
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1006 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Johannes Brahms,  Carl Maria von Weber
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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