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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 at The Met
Release Date: 04/09/2013   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 542717   Number of Discs: 25
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Richard Wagner - Great Recordings
Release Date: 02/26/2013   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 543504   Number of Discs: 40
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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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Wagner: Parsifal / Kaufmann, Pape, Gatti, Met Opera [Blu-ray]
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Catalog: 372572   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Gould, Stemme, Janowski
Release Date: 10/30/2012   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186404    Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Lohengrin: Bridal Chorus

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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:  Gray Armstrong,  Robert Mason,  Jim Grosjean,  Craig Duncan  ... 
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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    Grand & Glorious - Great Operatic Choruses / Robert Shaw
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80333 Release Date: 03/29/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Christine Brewer,  Kevin Maynor,  Karl Dent
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus,  Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus
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  • 89.
    Wedding Music / Bertalan Hock
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550790 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Bertalan Hock,  György Geiger
    Conductor:  István Bogár
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
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  • 90.
    Bride's Guide To Wedding Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64899 Release Date: 09/14/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Jane Parker-Smith,  Christopher Parkening,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Louis Auriacombe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 91.
    Music For Festive Occasions / Giangiulio, Riedo
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 232 Release Date: 06/15/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Bert Truax,  Claude Gervaise,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Riedo,  Richard Giangiulio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Trumpets
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  • 92.
    The Wagner Collection - Solti, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440107 Release Date: 01/19/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 93.
    Music For All Occasions
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61488 Release Date: 01/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Irving Berlin,  George Frideric Handel,  Adriaen Valerius  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Krips,  James Galway
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Arthur Fiedler,  James Galway,  Sir Thomas Beecham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  Boston Pops,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 94.
    World's Greatest Choruses
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61241 Release Date: 09/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Martin Luther,  George Frideric Handel,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Dunn,  Thomas Pyle,  Geneviève Macaux,  Monique Linval  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Robert Shaw,  Richard Westenburg,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Mendelssohn Club Chorus Philadelphia,  Robert Shaw Chorale  ... 
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  • 95.
    Wagner - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60847 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski,  Arthur Fiedler,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norman Luboff Choir,  New Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Pops  ... 
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  • 96.
    The Wedding Album / Anthony Newman
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 47273 Release Date: 05/24/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  André Campra,  Franz Schubert,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Newman
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  • 97.
    Opera Choruses - Aida, Faust, Nabucco, Etc
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60205 Release Date: 10/19/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Ambroise Thomas,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Harold Enns,  Thomas Jamerson,  Dorothy Krebill,  Leontyne Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Robert Shaw,  Renato Cellini,  Georges Prêtre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus,  Robert Shaw Chorale  ... 
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