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: The Ring - An Orchestral Adventure - Arranged by Henk de Vlieger
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2052   Number of Discs: 1
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Elgar: Sea Pictures;  Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder;  Etc
Release Date: 04/04/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 530   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 Highlights Arranged For Two Pianos / Nagai, Achatz
Release Date: 11/15/1999   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 976   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner: Orchestral Excerpts From Operas / Tennstedt, Et Al
Release Date: 10/18/2005   Label: Lpo  
Catalog: 3   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Lohengrin: Bridal Chorus

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  • 76.
    Favourite German Opera Choruses / Varviso, Dresden Staatskapelle, Leipzig Radio Chorus
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4646452 Release Date: 01/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Otto Nicolai  ... 
    Conductor:  Silvio Varviso
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig Radio Chorus
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  • 77.
    The #1 Opera Album Vol 1
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467632 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Nucci,  Andrea Bocelli,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Michele Pertusi  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané,  Leone Magiera,  Sir Georg Solti,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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  • 78.
    The Best Of Opera Vol 5
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554683 Release Date: 11/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    Famous Opera Choruses- Wagner, Beethoven, Nicolai, Etc
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1077 Release Date: 04/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Otto Nicolai,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Tieozzi,  Silvio Maionica,  Karl Paul,  Marianne Schech  ... 
    Conductor:  Georges Singer,  Franco Capuana,  Armando La Rosa Parodi,  Gerhard Pflüger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Choir,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus  ... 
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  • 81.
    Classical Weddings
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1062 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Pachelbel,  Otto Nicolai,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 82.
    The Classic Wedding Album /Domingo, Terfel, Te Kanawa, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445478 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  Felix Mendelssohn,  George Frideric Handel,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  José Carreras,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Leonard Bernstein,  Paul Daniel,  Karl-Heinz Loges  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 83.
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 914131 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gregorio Allegri  ... 
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  • 84.
    Grand Opera Choruses
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458205 Release Date: 05/12/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Hector Berlioz,  Otto Nicolai  ... 
    Performer:  James McCracken,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Samuel Ramey,  Nicolai Ghiaurov  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Charles Dutoit,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra  ... 
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  • 85.
    Bride's Guide To Wedding Music Vol 2
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66817 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  James L. Molloy,  Jean Joseph Mouret  ... 
    Performer:  Virgil Fox,  Maurice André,  Nancy Allen,  Jane Parker-Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  Robert Irving,  Jean-Pierre Wallez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  South German Madrigal Choir Stuttgart,  Concert Arts Orchestra  ... 
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  • 86.
    The Complete Wedding Album - There Is Love
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80490 Release Date: 04/28/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Richard Wagner,  Samuel Barber,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Angel Romero,  Joseph Silverstein,  Larry Cooperman,  Michael Chertock  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Erich Kunzel,  Leonard Slatkin,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Chorus,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati Pops  ... 
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  • 87.
    Classical Wedding Vol 2
    Label: Spring Hill Music   Catalog: 825448 Release Date: 04/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Joseph Brackett,  John Stanley,  Giovanni Gabrieli  ... 
    Performer:  John Rommel,  Jeff Bailey,  Leslie Norton,  Barry Green  ... 
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  • 88.
    Greatest Hits - The Wedding Album
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63153 Release Date: 03/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Jean Joseph Mouret,  Henry Purcell,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  William McVicker,  Melvyn Tan,  Marisa Robles  ... 
    Conductor:  John Poole,  James Galway,  Robert Salter,  Richard Westenburg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Singers,  Canadian Brass  ... 
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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    Dies Irae - The Essential Choral Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457196 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Giuseppe Verdi,  George Frideric Handel,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Torgny Sporsen,  Nigel Robson,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Della Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Karl Richter,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Choral Society,  BBC Concert Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus  ... 
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  • 91.
    German Operatic Choruses
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550507 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Pinchas Steinberg,  Johannes Wildner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian Festival Chorus,  Failoni Orchestra Budapest,  Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 92.
    Baroque For Brides To Be
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456355 Release Date: 04/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  C. Bowers-Broadbent,  Emma Kirkby,  Norbert Schmitt  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Silvio Varviso,  Helmut Winschermann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 93.
    The Ultimate Wedding Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 452663 Release Date: 03/03/1997  
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Wagner,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Cleobury
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  Simon Preston
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  • 94.
    Wagner: Scenes from Tannhauser, Lohengrin, Die Walkure / Varady, Seiffert
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 56138 Release Date: 09/10/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Peter Seiffert,  Julia Varády
    Conductor:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 95.
    Ben Heppner Sings Lohengrin
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68239 Release Date: 07/16/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Ben Heppner,  Sharon Sweet,  Eva Martón  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus members,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 96.
    Classical Wedding
    Label: Spring Hill Music   Catalog: 25353 Release Date: 04/30/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean Joseph Mouret,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  David Davidson,  Craig Duncan,  Jim Grosjean,  Robert Mason  ... 
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  • 97.
    For Weddings / Kevin Bowyer
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7712 Release Date: 04/02/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Sir William Walton,  John Stanley,  Charles-Marie Widor  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Bowyer
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  • 98.
    The Wedding Album
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 99709 Release Date: 02/13/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Pachelbel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Pierlot,  Rotraud Hansmann,  Felicity Lott,  Marie-Claire Alain  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz,  Claudio Scimone,  Jean-François Paillard,  Theodor Guschlbauer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berne Symphony Orchestra,  Maitrise Saint-Pierre Aux Liens de Bulle,  I Solisti Veneti  ... 
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  • 99.
    Oxford Book Of Wedding Music / Jeremy D. Filsell
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7107 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Sir William Walton,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Andrew Carter  ... 
    Performer:  Jeremy Filsell
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  • 100.
    Wagner: Legende De Wagner
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 555275 Release Date: 11/03/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
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