Richard Wagner

Born 22 May 1813. Died 13 February 1883
Richard Wagner
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1813-05-22
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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner Biography (Wikipedia)

Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is chiefly 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 Carl Maria von Weber and Giacomo 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.

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Fleigt heim, ihr Raben... Grane, mein Ross (Götterdämmerung)
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Fleigt heim, ihr Raben... Grane, mein Ross (Götterdämmerung)

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Lohengrin (Prelude)
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Lohengrin (Prelude)
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Brunnhilde's Immolation -- from Gotterdammerung (1876)
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Brunnhilde's Immolation -- from Gotterdammerung (1876)
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'Stehe still' from Wesendonck-Lieder
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'Stehe still' from Wesendonck-Lieder
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Overture to Tannhauser S.442
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Overture to Tannhauser S.442
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Bridal Chorus
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Bridal Chorus
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Lohengrin (Act 3 Overture)
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Lohengrin (Act 3 Overture)
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Liebestod (Tristan & Isolde)
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Liebestod (Tristan & Isolde)
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Huldigungsmarsch for military band
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Huldigungsmarsch for military band
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Flying Dutchman - overture
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Flying Dutchman - overture
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Prologue: Dawn music & Siegfried's Rhine journey from Gotterdammerung
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Prologue: Dawn music & Siegfried's Rhine journey from Gotterdammerung
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Tristan und Isolde - Prelude
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Tristan und Isolde - Prelude
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Parsifal (Act 1 Prelude)
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Parsifal (Act 1 Prelude)
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Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde)
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Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde)
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Siegfried Idyll
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Siegfried Idyll
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Wesendonck Lieder
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Wesendonck Lieder
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Wesendonk Lieder
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Wesendonk Lieder
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Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Overture
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Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Overture
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Act II: Den Tag seh' ich erscheinen
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Act II: Den Tag seh' ich erscheinen
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Rienzi: Overture: Allegro energico
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Rienzi: Overture: Allegro energico
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Das Liebesverbot (Overture)
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Das Liebesverbot (Overture)
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Prelude (Act 1 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg')
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Prelude (Act 1 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg')
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Die Meistersinger Von Numberg: Morgenlich Leuchtend Im Rosigen Schein
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Die Meistersinger Von Numberg: Morgenlich Leuchtend Im Rosigen Schein
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Spinning Chorus transc Liszt (The Flying Dutchman)
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Spinning Chorus transc Liszt (The Flying Dutchman)
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Im Treibhaus (Wesendonck-Lieder)
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Im Treibhaus (Wesendonck-Lieder)
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Tristan and Isolde - Final Scene
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Tristan and Isolde - Final Scene
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Parsifal - Act 3 - Karfreitagmusik
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Parsifal - Act 3 - Karfreitagmusik
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Wesendonck-Lieder - No. 3, Im Treibhaus
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Wesendonck-Lieder - No. 3, Im Treibhaus
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Magic Fire Music (from Die Walkure)
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Magic Fire Music (from Die Walkure)

Magic Fire Music (from Die Walkure)

Orchestra
Bavarian Symphony Orchestra
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Gotterdammerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey
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Gotterdammerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey
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Im Treibhaus (Wesendonck-Lieder)
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Im Treibhaus (Wesendonck-Lieder)
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Die Walkure Act III
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Die Walkure Act III
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The Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walküre)
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The Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walküre)
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Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Act 3: Sieh' Evchen! Dacht ich doch)
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Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Act 3: Sieh' Evchen! Dacht ich doch)

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Act 3: Sieh' Evchen! Dacht ich doch)

Choir
German Opera Berlin Chorus
Orchestra
German Opera Berlin Orchestra
Conductor
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The Flying Dutchman (Overture)
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The Flying Dutchman (Overture)
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Das Rheingold
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Das Rheingold
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Entry of the Gods into Valhalla
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Entry of the Gods into Valhalla
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Wesendonck
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Wesendonck

Wesendonck

Performer
Claudio Trovajoli
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Träume (Wesendonck Lieder)
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Träume (Wesendonck Lieder)
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Forest Murmurs (Siegfried)
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Forest Murmurs (Siegfried)
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Forest Murmurs (from Siegfried)
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Forest Murmurs (from Siegfried)
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Tristan und Isolde - Mild und liese
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Tristan und Isolde - Mild und liese

Tristan und Isolde - Mild und liese

Choir
Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Conductor
Karl Bohm
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Prelude and Isolde's Liebestod - from "Tristan & Isolde"
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Prelude and Isolde's Liebestod - from "Tristan & Isolde"
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Forest Murmurs (Siegfried)
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Forest Murmurs (Siegfried)
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