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Richard Wagner

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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 / Barenboim
Release Date: 10/25/2011   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4755   Number of Discs: 11
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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Barenboim, Bayreuth [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 10/30/2012   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4755   Number of Discs: 4
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Wagner Without Words / Llyr Williams
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Signum U.k.  
Catalog: 388   Number of Discs: 2
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Wagner at The Met
Release Date: 04/09/2013   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 542717   Number of Discs: 25
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Wagner: Parsifal / Kaufmann, Pape, Gatti, Met
Release Date: 04/01/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 372558   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 76.
    Brass Music By Opera Composers - Strauss, Freiberg, Et Al
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 540 Release Date: 07/27/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Carl Michael Ziehrer  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Jeitler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Winds
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  • 77.
    Stokowski's Wagner / Matthias Bamert, Bbc Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9686 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 78.
    Wiener Opernlieblinge Von Seinerzeit / Güden, Kunz, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90345 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Hilde Konetzni,  Herbert Alsen,  Luise Willer,  Ludwig Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Rudolf Moralt,  Clemens Krauss,  Hanns Steinkopf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 79.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen - Highlights / Runnicles
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 17109 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 80.
    The Only Opera Cd You'll Ever Need
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68823 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Moffo,  Helen Donath,  Roberta Peters,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Lorin Maazel,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    George London - Of Gods And Demons
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 62758 Release Date: 01/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Louis Gruenberg,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  George London
    Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler,  Rudolf Moralt,  Jean Paul Morel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Wagner: Orchestral Music / Klaus Tennstedt
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 68616 Release Date: 06/25/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Rudolf Bockelmann
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89121 Release Date: 04/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Carl Loewe
    Performer:  Rudolf Bockelmann,  Clemens Schmalstich,  Lauritz Melchior,  Helena Jung  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Alfred Schmidt,  Albert Coates,  Clemens Schmalstich,  Carl Leonhardt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra  ... 
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  • 87.
    Wagner: The Best Of The Ring / Böhm, Nilsson, Rysanek, Et Al
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 454020 Release Date: 04/09/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Dorothea Siebert,  Ruth Hesse,  Helga Dernesch,  Gustav Neidlinger  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Marcel Journet Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89106 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Marcel Journet
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  • 89.
    Evelyn Lear And Thomas Stewart Sing Wagner & Strauss
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1011 Release Date: 11/06/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Thomas Stewart,  Evelyn Lear
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  • 90.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Alexander Kipnis Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89107 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Kipnis
    Conductor:  Johannes Heidenreich,  Leo Blech
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Hans Hemann Nissen
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89090 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Pfitzner,  Hugo Wolf,  Robert Schumann,  Carl Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Hermann Nissen,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
    Conductor:  Fritz Zweig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Hans Hotter In Frühen Aufnahmen
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90200 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Marschner,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Hilde Scheppan
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother,  Hans Weisbach,  Heinrich Hollreiser,  Robert Heger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian State Orchestra  ... 
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  • 93.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Friedrich Schorr
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89052 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Schorr,  Melanie Kurt,  Otto Helgers,  Emmy Bettendorf
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  • 94.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Josef Herrmann
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89076 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Herrmann,  Kurt Böhme,  Margarete Düren,  Heinrich Tessmer  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Rudolf Moralt,  Karl Böhm,  Reinhold Merten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Saxon State Orchestra  ... 
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  • 95.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Josef Von Manowarda
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89069 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Wagner,  Franz Schubert,  Carl Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Josef von Manowarda,  Arpád Sándor,  Waldemar Henke,  Maria Olszewska  ... 
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  • 96.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Nazzareno De Angelis
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89042 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Arrigo Boito,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Nazzareno de Angelis,  Gina Cigna
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  • 97.
    Unvergessene Stimmen Der Wiener Staatsoper
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89401 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Hilde Konetzni,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Esther Réthy,  Set Svanholm  ... 
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  • 98.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Cesare Formichi
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89055 Release Date: 08/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Cesare Formichi,  Grace Holst,  Ines Maria Ferraris
    Conductor:  Sir Hamilton Harty,  Albert William Ketèlbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Mark Reizen Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89080 Release Date: 02/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Reizen
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  • 100.
    Prima Voce - Tibbett In Opera
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7825 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett,  Giovanni Martinelli,  Leonard Warren,  Rose Bampton  ... 
    Conductor:  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Rosario Bourdon,  Wilfrid Pelletier,  Alexander Smallens  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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