Richard Wagner

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Wilhelm Richard Wagner (/ˈvɑːɡnər/; German: [ˈʁiçaʁt ˈvaːɡnɐ]; 22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is primarily known for his operas (or, as some of his later works were later known, "music dramas"). Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. Initially establishing his reputation as a composer of works in the romantic vein of Weber and Meyerbeer, Wagner revolutionised opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk ("total work of art"), by which he sought to synthesise the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama. He described this vision in a series of essays published between 1849 and 1852. Wagner realised these ideas most fully in the first half of the four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung).

His compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for their complex textures, rich harmonies and orchestration, and the elaborate use of leitmotifs—musical phrases associated with individual characters, places, ideas or plot elements. His advances in musical language, such as extreme chromaticism and quickly shifting tonal centres, greatly influenced the development of classical music. His Tristan und Isolde is sometimes described as marking the start of modern music.

Wagner had his own opera house built, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, which embodied many novel design features. The Ring and Parsifal were premiered here and his most important stage works continue to be performed in an annual festival run by his descendants. His thoughts on the relative contributions of music and drama in opera were to change again, and he reintroduced some traditional forms into his last few stage works, including Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg).

Until his final years, Wagner's life was characterised by political exile, turbulent love affairs, poverty and repeated flight from his creditors. His controversial writings on music, drama and politics have attracted extensive comment since the late 20th century, especially where they express antisemitic sentiments. The effect of his ideas can be traced in many of the arts throughout the 20th century; his influence spread beyond composition into conducting, philosophy, literature, the visual arts and theatre.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1952 Die Walkure, Act 3 Richard Wagner; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan 1
1962 The Flying Dutchman Richard Wagner, Antal Doráti, George London, Leonie Rysanek, Giorgio Tozzi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 3
1970 Ring des Nibelungen (Berliner Philharmoniker feat. director: Herbert von Karajan) Richard Wagner 1
1971 Tristan und Isolde (Stein, Nilsson, Vickers) Richard Wagner 1
1973 Der Ring Des Nibelungen Wagner; Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Karl Böhm 2
1976 Rienzi Richard Wagner; Staatskapelle Dresden, Heinrich Hollreiser 1
1981 Tristan und Isolde Wagner; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Leonard Bernstein 1
1982 Highlights from "The Ring" (New York Philharmonic feat. conductor: Zubin Mehta) Wagner; New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta 2
1982 Lohengrin (Highlights) Richard Wagner; Berliner Philharmoniker, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Herbert von Karajan 1
1983 Das Rheingold Richard Wagner; Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti 3
1983 Die Walküre Richard Wagner; Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti 1
1983 Götterdämmerung Richard Wagner; Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti 1
1983 Siegfried Richard Wagner; Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti 1
1983 The Ring of the Nibelung and others Richard Wagner 1
1984 Parsifal Richard Wagner; Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Peter Hofmann, Dunja Vejzovic, Kurt Moll, José van Dam, Siegmund Nimsgern, Victor von Halem, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin 1
1984 Die Walküre Richard Wagner; Sir Georg Solti, Wiener Philharmoniker 1
1984 Götterdämmerung Wagner; Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti 1
1984 Orchestermusik Richard Wagner; Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim 4
1984 Siegfried (Wiener Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Sir Georg Solti) Richard Wagner 1
1985 Das Rheingold Richard Wagner; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 2
1985 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Richard Wagner; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Catarina Ligendza, Christa Ludwig, Plácido Domingo, Horst Laubenthal, Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Eugen Jochum 5 2
1985 Die Walküre Richard Wagner; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 2
1985 Götterdämmerung Richard Wagner; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 2
1985 Parsifal (Bayreuth 1962) Richard Wagner; Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele, Hans Knappertsbusch 3
1985 Siegfried Richard Wagner; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 2
1985 Tannhäuser Richard Wagner; René Kollo, Christa Ludwig, Hans Sotin, Helga Dernesch, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti 1
1985 Tannhäuser Richard Wagner 1
1985 Wesendonk-Lieder / Tristan und Isolde: Vorspiel/Liebestod (soprano: Jessye Norman, London Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Sir Colin Davis) Richard Wagner 1
1986 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Chor und Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper feat. conductor: Joseph Keilberth) Richard Wagner 1
1986 Tristan und Isolde Richard Wagner; Staatskapelle Dresden, Carlos Kleiber 2 2
1986 Parsifal Wagner; René Kollo, Gottlob Frick, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christa Ludwig, Zoltán Kelemen, Hans Hotter, Vienna Philharmonic, Sir Georg Solti 2
1986 The Great Composers: Wagner - The Ring Richard Wagner 3
1986 Wagner Richard Wagner; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
1987 Lohengrin Wagner; Sir Georg Solti, Plácido Domingo, Jessye Norman, Eva Randová, Siegmund Nimsgern, Hans Sotin, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker 2
1987 Preludes & Overtures (Berliner Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Herbert von Karajan) Richard Wagner 1
1987 Preludes & Overtures: Die Meistersinger / Lohengrin / Tannhäuser / Tristan und Isolde Wagner; Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan 1
1987 Wagner Overtures (Royal Promenade Orchestra feat. conductor: Alfred Gehardt) Richard Wagner 1
1988 Tristan und Isolde Richard Wagner; Berliner Philharmoniker, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Herbert von Karajan, Vickers, Dernesch, Ludwig, Berry, Ridderbusch 1
1988 Tannhäuser / Siegfried-Idyll / Tristan und Isolde Richard Wagner; Jessye Norman, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1988 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Staatskapelle Dresden feat. conductor: Herbert von Karajan) Richard Wagner 3
1988 Die Walküre (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra feat. conductor: James Levine) Richard Wagner 1
1988 Die Walküre (Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, feat. conductor: Bernard Haitink) Richard Wagner 2
1988 Overtures and Preludes Richard Wagner; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1988 Richard Wagner Richard Wagner 1
1988 Ride of the Valkyries / Overture to Tannhäuser (conductor: Enrique Batiz) Richard Wagner 1
1988 Scenes from Tristan und Isolde / Tannhäuser / Der Fliegende Holländer / Götterdämmerung (soprano: Jessye Norman, London Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Klaus Tennstedt) Richard Wagner 1
1988 Wagner Richard Wagner; South German Philharmonic Orchestra, Hans Swarowsky 1
1988 Wagner (Seattle Symphony, feat. conductor: Gerard Schwarz) (disc 2) Richard Wagner 1
1988 Wagner 2 Wagner; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
1988 Wagner Overtures (Chicago Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Sir Georg Solti) Richard Wagner 1
1989 Der fliegende Holländer Wagner; Van Dam, Vejzovic, Moll, Hofmann, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 2
1989 Tannhäuser (Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli, choir: Royal Opera House Choir) Richard Wagner 1
1989 Das Rheingold Richard Wagner; James Morris, Marjana Lipovšek, Heinz Zednik, Theo Adam, Peter Haage, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bernard Haitink 1
1989 Das Rheingold (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra feat. conductor: James Levine) Richard Wagner 1
1989 Der Ring des Nibelungen (Orchestral Music) Richard Wagner; National Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti 1
1989 Götterdämmerung (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus feat. conductor: James Levine) Richard Wagner 1
1989 The Flying Dutchman / Tannhäuser / Lohengrin (Orchestral Highlights) Richard Wagner; Slovak Philharmonic, Michael Halász 1
1990 Der Ring des Nibelungen (Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, feat. conductor: Karl Böhm) Richard Wagner 1
1990 Romantic Song Cycles Schumann, Brahms, Wagner; Tamara Takács, Jenő Jandó 1
1990 Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Orchestra Sinfonica Della Radio Italiana feat. conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler) Richard Wagner 4
1990 Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg - Tristan Und Isolde Richard Wagner; Herbert von Karajan, Otto Edelmann, Erich Kunz, Hans Hopf & Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 1
1991 Les Introuvables du Chant Wagnerien Richard Wagner 1
1991 DIE WALKÜRE.TRISTAN UND ISOLDE.SIEGFRIED IDYLL - (Arturo Toscanini) Richard Wagner 1
1991 Götterdämmerung - Querschnitt Richard Wagner 1
1991 Parsifal (Berliner Philharmoniker, Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper feat. conductor Daniel Barenboim, singers Meier, Jerusalem, Hölle, van Dam) Richard Wagner 1
1991 Siegfried (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra feat. conductor: James Levine) Richard Wagner 1
1991 Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll / Sibelius: Valse triste Richard Wagner, Jean Sibelius; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra 1
1992 Tannhäuser Richard Wagner; Bayreuther Festspiele, Wolfgang Sawallisch 1
1992 Parsifal Richard Wagner; Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine 1
1992 Das Rheingold (Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele feat. conductor: Pierre Boulez) Richard Wagner 1
1992 Siegfried (Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele feat. conductor: Pierre Boulez) Richard Wagner 1
1992 Overtures & Preludes Wagner; Sir Adrian Boult 1
1992 Der Fliegende Holländer (Bayreuther Festspiele feat. conductor: Woldemar Nelsson) Richard Wagner 1
1992 Der Fliegende Holländer (ORF Symphonieorchester, Vienna & Budapest Radio Chorus feat. conductor: Pinchas Steinberg) Richard Wagner 1
1992 Die Walküre: 2.Akt (Orchester der Staatsoper, Berlin feat. conductor: Bruno Seidler-Winkler and Wiener Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Bruno Walter) Richard Wagner 1
1992 Götterdämmerung Richard Wagner; Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez 1
1992 Götterdämmerung Richard Wagner; Éva Marton, Siegfried Jerusalem, Thomas Hampson, Marjana Lipovšek, John Tomlinson, Theo Adam, Eva-Maria Bundschuh, Bernard Haitink, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks 1
1992 Tristan und Isolde Richard Wagner; Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Karl Böhm 4
1992 Tristan und Isolde (Wiener Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Georg Solti) Richard Wagner 2
1993 Overtüren Richard Wagner; Wiener Symphoniker, Wolfgang Sawallisch 1
1993 Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 / Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (San Francisco Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Herbert Blomstedt) Bruckner / Wagner 1
1993 Tanhäuser Highlights Richard Wagner 1
1993 Die Walküre (Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele feat. conductor: Daniel Barenboim) Richard Wagner 1
1993 Siegfried Idyll / Overtures / Preludes (New York Philharmonic / Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli) Richard Wagner 1
1993 Parsifal (Orchestre der Bayreuther Festspiele, cond. Hans Knappertsbusch) Richard Wagner 1
1993 Richard Wagner Richard Wagner 1
1993 Symphonies: In E major / In C major Richard Wagner; Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Hiroshi Wakasugi 1
1993 Tristan Suite (Seattle Symphony feat. conductor: Gerard Schwarz) Richard Wagner 1
1993 Tristan und Isolde (Chor und Orchester der Bayrischen Staatsoper feat. conductor Knappertsbusch, singers Treptow, Braun, Schöffler, Klose) Richard Wagner 1
1993 Wagner for Brass / The Canadian Brass Richard Wagner 2
1994 Glenn Gould Conducts & Plays Wagner Wagner; Glenn Gould 1
1994 Der Fliegende Holländer Richard Wagner 1
1994 Götterdämmerung (feat. conductor: Daniel Barenboim) Richard Wagner 1
1994 Beethoven: Calm Sea & Prosperous Voyage, Choral Fantasy, Rondo / Wagner: Preludes & Overtures Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner; Jerzy Semkow & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra 1
1994 Lohengrin Richard Wagner; Wiener Philharmoniker, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Claudio Abbado 1
1994 Tristan und Isolde / Tannhäuser / Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Wagner; Berliner Philharmoniker, Karajan 2
1994 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Richard Wagner; Wolfgang Sawallisch, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper 1
1994 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wiener Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Hans Knappertsbusch) Richard Wagner 1
1994 Götterdämmerung - Highlights Richard Wagner 1
1994 Grieg - Mussorgsky - Rachmaninoff - Wagner auf der Orgel Grieg, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Wagner; Ernst-Erich Stender 1

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