Richard Wagner (1813-1883) was a German composer, conductor, theorist and writer. He is primarily known for his operas (or music dramas as he later called them). His works especially from the late period is characterized by counterpoint, rich harmonies and orchestration, and a well-developed use of leitmotifs: musical themes associated with spec...
Richard Wagner (1813-1883) was a German composer, conductor, theorist and writer. He is primarily known for his operas (or music dramas as he later called them). His works especially from the late period is characterized by counterpoint, rich harmonies and orchestration, and a well-developed use of leitmotifs: musical themes associated with specific people, places or events in the opera.
Wagner's chromatic musical language came the development of European classical music forestalled. He contributed to the development of music with his idea of the total work of art or entity artwork (das Gesamtkunstwerk), which reached its peak in the monumental tetralogy, Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring des Nibelungen) from 1876. His use of leitmotifs exercised a considerable influence on film music in the 20th century. Wagner was a controversial figure, both for his musical and dramatic contribution and for its anti-Semitic and political affiliations.
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Arturo Toscanini: A Portrait of a great conductor. 10 CD.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 3. & Richard Wagner: Overtures. Prelude to Parsifal, + Overture to The Flying Dutchman. Yevgeny Svetlanov, USSR Symphony Orchestra. 1 cd. Melodiya MCD 241
Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem. & Richard Wagner: Preludes and Liebestod. Karl Richter. EMI Classic Archives. 1 DVD. EMI 388460-9 For mere information. Press read more ***Recommendation ***
Anton Bruckner: Symphony no. 3. & Richard Wagner: Preludes to Lohengrin. SWR SO being conducted by Michael Gielen, in a recording from 1992. 1 CD. Hänssler. PH 93031-2 Press read more
Eugen Jochum. EMI Classic Archive. Bruckner: Symphony no. 7 & Wagner: Tristan und Isolde prelude to Act 1. (Liebestod) & Mozart: Overture to Marriage of Figaro. 1 DVD. EMI Classic Archive. 310190-9 ***Recommendation ***
Anton Bruckner: Symphony no. 8. & Richard Wagner: Preludes. Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker. 2 cd. EMI 5690922
Bruno Walter. Portrait. Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Wagner. 10 CD.
Carlos Kleiber - Complete Recordings on DG. 12 cd. DG. 4778826 ***Recommendation ***
Sergiu Celibidache conducts Munchener Philharmoniker. 15 Cds. EMI. 5578612 The original box ***Recommendation ***
The art of Christa Ludwig. A very great mezzo soprano. 5 CD. EMI Classics. 517608-2 Press read more *** Recommendation ***
Dennis Brain. Horn Concertos. 4 CD. Warner
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony no. 9 "From the new world" & Mendelssohn Symfoni nr. 4 Den Italienske + von Weber: Oberon Overture + Wagner - Siegfried Forest Murmurs. NBC Symphony Orchestra. Arturo Toscanini. (1951-54) 1 CD. Sony
Erich Leinsdorf in Rehearsal and Performance. Richard Wagner: Parsifal & Robert Schumann: Symphony no. 4 1 DVD. Euroarts.
European Concert 1992. Verdi, Berlioz, Schubert, Wagner. Placido Domingo (tenor) Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim. 1 DVD. TDK. 270006
European Concert 1998. Vasa Museum Stockholm. Claudio Abbado. Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Verdi. 1 DVD. TDK. 270009 Region 0. All countries
Fritz Reiner album 1939 to 1946. Beethoven: Symphony no. 2. & Brahms: 8 Hungarian dances. & Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger, and Parsifal. & Debussy: A Faust afternoon, Iberia, Nocturnes. & JS. Bach: Orchestral Suite no. 2. New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra + Phittsburgs will be conducted by Fritz Reiner, in some historic...
Fritz Reiner conducts Richard Wagner. (1959) 1 CD. RCA Living Stereo ***Recommendation ***