Richard Wagner
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1813-05-22
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Wilhelm Richard Wagner (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 ...

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Richard Wagner, Eugen Jochum & Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
DANCE OF THE APPRENTICES
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DANCE OF THE APPRENTICES DANCE OF THE APPRENTICES DANCE OF THE APPRENTICES DANCE OF THE APPRENTICES
Richard Wagner, Sir Roger Norrington & The London Classical Players
Der Fliegende Hollander, Overture
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Der Fliegende Hollander, Overture Der Fliegende Hollander, Overture Der Fliegende Hollander, Overture Der Fliegende Hollander, Overture
Richard Wagner, Christian Gerhaher, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks & DANIEL HARDING (conductor)
O du mein holder Abendstern [Tannhauser], arr. unknown for cello and piano
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O du mein holder Abendstern [Tannhauser], arr. unknown for cello and piano O du mein holder Abendstern [Tannhauser], arr. unknown for cello and piano O du mein holder Abendstern [Tannhauser], arr. unknown for cello and piano O du mein holder Abendstern [Tannhauser], arr. unknown for cello and piano
John Tomlinson & Richard Wagner
Hoi-ho! Götterdämmerung
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Hoi-ho! Götterdämmerung Hoi-ho! Götterdämmerung Hoi-ho! Götterdämmerung Hoi-ho! Götterdämmerung
Bryn Terfel & Richard Wagner
Das Rheingold
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Das Rheingold Das Rheingold Das Rheingold Das Rheingold
Richard Wagner, Jan Hennig, Ernst Breidenbach & Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Parsifal: Flower Maidens' Chorus
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Parsifal: Flower Maidens' Chorus Parsifal: Flower Maidens' Chorus Parsifal: Flower Maidens' Chorus Parsifal: Flower Maidens' Chorus
Richard Wagner, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Sakari Oramo
Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
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Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
Richard Wagner, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Edward Gardner
Overture from Tannhauser
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Overture from Tannhauser Overture from Tannhauser Overture from Tannhauser Overture from Tannhauser
Richard Wagner, Juanjo Mena, Bergen filharmoniske orkester, Mathilde Wesendonck & Jane Eaglen
Wesendonck-Lieder for voice and orchestra
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Wesendonck-Lieder for voice and orchestra Wesendonck-Lieder for voice and orchestra Wesendonck-Lieder for voice and orchestra Wesendonck-Lieder for voice and orchestra
Richard Wagner, BBC Philharmonic & Vassily Sinaisky
Prelude and Act III Liebestod from the opera Tristan and Isolde
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Prelude and Act III Liebestod from the opera Tristan and Isolde Prelude and Act III Liebestod from the opera Tristan and Isolde Prelude and Act III Liebestod from the opera Tristan and Isolde Prelude and Act III Liebestod from the opera Tristan and Isolde
Richard Wagner, German Opera Orchestra, Franz Konwitschny & German Opera Chorus
Gotterdammerung, Act 2: Hoiho! Hoiho! Ihr Gibichsmannen, machet euch auf!
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Gotterdammerung, Act 2: Hoiho! Hoiho! Ihr Gibichsmannen, machet euch auf! Gotterdammerung, Act 2: Hoiho! Hoiho! Ihr Gibichsmannen, machet euch auf! Gotterdammerung, Act 2: Hoiho! Hoiho! Ihr Gibichsmannen, machet euch auf! Gotterdammerung, Act 2: Hoiho! Hoiho! Ihr Gibichsmannen, machet euch auf!
Richard Wagner, Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker & Martti Talvela
Das Rheingold - Sanft schloss Schlaf dein Aug
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Das Rheingold - Sanft schloss Schlaf dein Aug Das Rheingold - Sanft schloss Schlaf dein Aug Das Rheingold - Sanft schloss Schlaf dein Aug Das Rheingold - Sanft schloss Schlaf dein Aug
Sir Georg Solti, Birgit Nilsson, Wiener Philharmoniker & Richard Wagner
Act III, Götterdämmerung
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Act III, Götterdämmerung Act III, Götterdämmerung Act III, Götterdämmerung Act III, Götterdämmerung
Richard Wagner, Asher Fisch, Seattle Opera Chorus, Greer Grimsley, Seattle Symphony & Alwyn Mellor
Die Walkure (Act 2: Vorspiel & Nun zaume dein Ross)
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Die Walkure (Act 2: Vorspiel & Nun zaume dein Ross) Die Walkure (Act 2: Vorspiel & Nun zaume dein Ross) Die Walkure (Act 2: Vorspiel & Nun zaume dein Ross) Die Walkure (Act 2: Vorspiel & Nun zaume dein Ross)
Richard Wagner, Sir Georg Solti & Wiener Philharmoniker
Overture to The Flying Dutchman
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Overture to The Flying Dutchman Overture to The Flying Dutchman Overture to The Flying Dutchman Overture to The Flying Dutchman
Richard Wagner, Boston Symphony Orchestra & Charles Munch
Siegfried's Rhine Journey
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Siegfried's Rhine Journey Siegfried's Rhine Journey Siegfried's Rhine Journey Siegfried's Rhine Journey
Richard Wagner, Stuart Skelton & Richard Pierson
Wintersturme from Die Walkure
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Wintersturme from Die Walkure Wintersturme from Die Walkure Wintersturme from Die Walkure Wintersturme from Die Walkure
Richard Wagner, Stuart Skelton & Richard Pierson
Preislied from Die Meistersinger
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Preislied from Die Meistersinger Preislied from Die Meistersinger Preislied from Die Meistersinger Preislied from Die Meistersinger
Richard Wagner, thomas stewart & Kónya Sándor
Die Meistersinger - Act III, scene II
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Die Meistersinger - Act III, scene II Die Meistersinger - Act III, scene II Die Meistersinger - Act III, scene II Die Meistersinger - Act III, scene II
Richard Wagner, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thomas Sondergard & Amartuvshin Enkhbat
Tannhauser - opera in 3 acts
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Tannhauser - opera in 3 acts Tannhauser - opera in 3 acts Tannhauser - opera in 3 acts Tannhauser - opera in 3 acts
Richard Wagner, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Mark Wigglesworth
Das Liebesverbot, oder Die Novize von Palermo - opera - overture
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Das Liebesverbot, oder Die Novize von Palermo - opera - overture Das Liebesverbot, oder Die Novize von Palermo - opera - overture Das Liebesverbot, oder Die Novize von Palermo - opera - overture Das Liebesverbot, oder Die Novize von Palermo - opera - overture
Richard Wagner, Wiener Philharmoniker & Sir Georg Solti
Ride of the Valkyries
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Ride of the Valkyries Ride of the Valkyries Ride of the Valkyries Ride of the Valkyries
Richard Wagner, Jan Hennig & Ernst Breidenbach
Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg (Act 3 Quintet)
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Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg (Act 3 Quintet) Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg (Act 3 Quintet) Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg (Act 3 Quintet) Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg (Act 3 Quintet)
Richard Wagner, Tobias Koch & Malgorzata Sarbak
Polonaise in D major Op.2 for piano duet
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Polonaise in D major Op.2 for piano duet Polonaise in D major Op.2 for piano duet Polonaise in D major Op.2 for piano duet Polonaise in D major Op.2 for piano duet
Richard Wagner & Tobias Koch
Sonata in A major Op.4 for piano
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Sonata in A major Op.4 for piano Sonata in A major Op.4 for piano Sonata in A major Op.4 for piano Sonata in A major Op.4 for piano
Richard Wagner, London Symphony Orchestra & Antal Doráti
Overture and Venusberg Music
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Overture and Venusberg Music Overture and Venusberg Music Overture and Venusberg Music Overture and Venusberg Music
Richard Wagner, George Szell & The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Lohengrin; Prelude to Act 1
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Lohengrin; Prelude to Act 1 Lohengrin; Prelude to Act 1 Lohengrin; Prelude to Act 1 Lohengrin; Prelude to Act 1
Richard Wagner, Hansgeorg Otto, Operorchester Leitung & Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin
The Pilgrim's chorus from Tannhauser
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The Pilgrim's chorus from Tannhauser The Pilgrim's chorus from Tannhauser The Pilgrim's chorus from Tannhauser The Pilgrim's chorus from Tannhauser
Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Richard Wagner & Mariss Jansons
Rienzi Overture
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Rienzi Overture Rienzi Overture Rienzi Overture Rienzi Overture
Richard Wagner, Daniel Barenboim & Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Lohengrin - Act 3; Prelude
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Lohengrin - Act 3; Prelude Lohengrin - Act 3; Prelude Lohengrin - Act 3; Prelude Lohengrin - Act 3; Prelude
Richard Wagner & Uri Caine Ensemble
Ride of the Valkyries, from Die Walkure
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Ride of the Valkyries, from Die Walkure Ride of the Valkyries, from Die Walkure Ride of the Valkyries, from Die Walkure Ride of the Valkyries, from Die Walkure
Richard Wagner, Rachel Nicholls & Thomas Blunt
Träume, No 5 of Wesendonck Lieder
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Träume, No 5 of Wesendonck Lieder Träume, No 5 of Wesendonck Lieder Träume, No 5 of Wesendonck Lieder Träume, No 5 of Wesendonck Lieder
Richard Wagner, Rachel Nicholls & Thomas Blunt
Stehe Still!, No 2 of Wesendonck Lieder
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Stehe Still!, No 2 of Wesendonck Lieder Stehe Still!, No 2 of Wesendonck Lieder Stehe Still!, No 2 of Wesendonck Lieder Stehe Still!, No 2 of Wesendonck Lieder
Members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival, Richard Wagner, Canadian Brass, Arthur Frackenpohl & Edo de Waart
Traume [no.5 of "Wesendonk-Lieder"] arr. Frackenpohl [orig. for voice and piano]
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Traume [no.5 of "Wesendonk-Lieder"] arr. Frackenpohl [orig. for voice and piano] Traume [no.5 of "Wesendonk-Lieder"] arr. Frackenpohl [orig. for voice and piano] Traume [no.5 of "Wesendonk-Lieder"] arr. Frackenpohl [orig. for voice and piano] Traume [no.5 of "Wesendonk-Lieder"] arr. Frackenpohl [orig. for voice and piano]
Richard Wagner, Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan
Good Friday Music (Parsifal, Act III)
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Good Friday Music (Parsifal, Act III) Good Friday Music (Parsifal, Act III) Good Friday Music (Parsifal, Act III) Good Friday Music (Parsifal, Act III)
Richard Wagner, Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival, Karl Bohm & Birgit Nilsson
Tristan und Isolde - Liebestod
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Tristan und Isolde - Liebestod Tristan und Isolde - Liebestod Tristan und Isolde - Liebestod Tristan und Isolde - Liebestod
Richard Wagner, Philharmonia Orchestra & Sir Adrian Boult
Lohengrin: Act III Prelude
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Lohengrin: Act III Prelude Lohengrin: Act III Prelude Lohengrin: Act III Prelude Lohengrin: Act III Prelude
François-Frédéric Guy, Richard Wagner & Franz Liszt
Isolde's Liebestod transc. Liszt for piano (S.447)
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Isolde's Liebestod transc. Liszt for piano (S.447) Isolde's Liebestod transc. Liszt for piano (S.447) Isolde's Liebestod transc. Liszt for piano (S.447) Isolde's Liebestod transc. Liszt for piano (S.447)
Bryn Terfel, Richard Wagner, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & James Levine
Tannhauser - Wie Todesahnung
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Richard Wagner, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gerald Finley, Geoffrey Mitchell Singers & Edward Gardner
The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - 'Do not disdain our Masters thus'
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The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - 'Do not disdain our Masters thus' The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - 'Do not disdain our Masters thus' The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - 'Do not disdain our Masters thus' The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - 'Do not disdain our Masters thus'
Richard Wagner & Llyr Williams
Spinning chorus from 'Der fliegende Hollander' S.440, transc. for piano
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Spinning chorus from 'Der fliegende Hollander' S.440, transc. for piano Spinning chorus from 'Der fliegende Hollander' S.440, transc. for piano Spinning chorus from 'Der fliegende Hollander' S.440, transc. for piano Spinning chorus from 'Der fliegende Hollander' S.440, transc. for piano
Richard Wagner, Franz Welser-Möst & Cleveland Orchestra
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Prelude
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Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Prelude Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Prelude Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Prelude Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Prelude
Richard Wagner, Donald Runnicles, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland & BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Prelude from Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
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Prelude from Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Prelude from Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Prelude from Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Prelude from Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
Richard Wagner, Hans Hotter, Clemens Krauss, Viorica Ursuleac & Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Der Fliegende Hollander (Wie aus der Ferne)
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Der Fliegende Hollander (Wie aus der Ferne) Der Fliegende Hollander (Wie aus der Ferne) Der Fliegende Hollander (Wie aus der Ferne) Der Fliegende Hollander (Wie aus der Ferne)
Richard Wagner, The Cleveland Orchestra & George Szell
Rienzi: Overture
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Rienzi: Overture Rienzi: Overture Rienzi: Overture Rienzi: Overture
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Biography

Wilhelm Richard Wagner (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, and which was announced in a series of essays 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.

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