Richard Wagner
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1813-05-22
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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner Biography (Wikipedia)

Wilhelm Richard Wagner ( (listen); 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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The Mastersingers (Prize Song)
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The Mastersingers (Prize Song)

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Tristan und Isolde - Prelude
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Tristan und Isolde - Prelude
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Bin ich nun frei? (Das Rheingold)
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Bin ich nun frei? (Das Rheingold)
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Lohengrin: Prelude
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Lohengrin: Prelude
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Lohengrin - Act 3 Prelude
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Lohengrin - Act 3 Prelude

Lohengrin - Act 3 Prelude

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Daniel Barenboim (conductor), Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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Die Meistersinger - Prelude
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Die Meistersinger - Prelude
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Ewig war ich, ewig bin ich (Siegfried)
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Ewig war ich, ewig bin ich (Siegfried)
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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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Lohengrin - Act 3; Prelude
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Lohengrin - Act 3; Prelude
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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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Isolde's Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
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Isolde's Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
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Wesendonck-Lieder for voice and orchestra
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Wesendonck-Lieder for voice and orchestra
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"Mogst du, mein kind" (Daland's aria from Act II Die Fliegende Hollander)
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"Mogst du, mein kind" (Daland's aria from Act II Die Fliegende Hollander)
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Prelude)
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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Prelude)
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Der Venusberg (Tannhauser)
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Der Venusberg (Tannhauser)
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Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
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Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
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Träume (Wesendonck Lieder)
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Träume (Wesendonck Lieder)
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Good Friday Music (Parsifal)
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Good Friday Music (Parsifal)
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Das Rheingold [Part 1 of 'Der Ring des Nibelungen']
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Das Rheingold [Part 1 of 'Der Ring des Nibelungen']
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Tristan and Isolde: Prelude to Act 3: Hirtenreigen
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Tristan and Isolde: Prelude to Act 3: Hirtenreigen
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The Flying Dutchman (Overture)
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The Flying Dutchman (Overture)
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Parsifal (Act 1 Prelude)
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Parsifal (Act 1 Prelude)
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Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey (Götterdämmerung)
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Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey (Götterdämmerung)
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Träume (Wesendonck-Lieder)
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Träume (Wesendonck-Lieder)
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Prelude to Act 1 from 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg'
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Prelude to Act 1 from 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg'
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Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine journey, transc. Glenn Gould for piano [from "Gotterdammerung"]
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Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine journey, transc. Glenn Gould for piano [from "Gotterdammerung"]
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Overture and Venusberg Music, from Tannhäuser
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Overture and Venusberg Music, from Tannhäuser
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Pilgrims' Chorus (Tannhauser)
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Pilgrims' Chorus (Tannhauser)

Pilgrims' Chorus (Tannhauser)

Choir
Kingsway Symphony Chorus
Conductor
Camarata
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral" (3rd mvt)
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Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral" (3rd mvt)
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Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
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Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
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Parsifal - opera in 3 acts
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Parsifal - opera in 3 acts
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O du mein holder Abendstern - from "Tannhauser"
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O du mein holder Abendstern - from "Tannhauser"
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Siegfried's Funeral March (Götterdämmerung)
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Siegfried's Funeral March (Götterdämmerung)
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The Flying Dutchman - Acts 2 & 3
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The Flying Dutchman - Acts 2 & 3

The Flying Dutchman - Acts 2 & 3

Singer
Tomas Tomasson
Kristinn Sigmundsson
Amber Wagner
Sarah Murphy
Rodrick Dixon
Matthew Plenk
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Orchestra
RAI National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor
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The Flying Dutchman - Act 1
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The Flying Dutchman - Act 1
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Tannhäuser (Overture)
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Tannhäuser (Overture)
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Pilgrims' Chorus (Tannhäuser)
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Pilgrims' Chorus (Tannhäuser)
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Lohengrin (Act 3 Prelude)
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Lohengrin (Act 3 Prelude)
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Parsifal: Finale.
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Parsifal: Finale.
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Overture - The Flying Dutchman
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Overture - The Flying Dutchman
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Siegfried Idyll
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Siegfried Idyll

Siegfried Idyll

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Swedish Chamber Orchesra
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Siegfried Idyll
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Siegfried Idyll

Siegfried Idyll

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Orchestra
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Members
Conductor
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Isoldes Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde - An Orchestral Passion)
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Isoldes Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde - An Orchestral Passion)
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Ride of the Valkyries
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Ride of the Valkyries
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Die Walkure - Wotan's farewell (conclusion)
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Die Walkure - Wotan's farewell (conclusion)
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Isolde's Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde), trans. for piano
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Isolde's Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde), trans. for piano
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The Flying Dutchman (Overture)
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The Flying Dutchman (Overture)

The Flying Dutchman (Overture)

Orchestra
London Classical Players
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