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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Astrid Varney. Opera arias from: Fidelio, Lohengrin, Tannhauser, die Walkure, Tristan und Isolde, Thais, Simon Boccanegra, Macbeth, Don Carlos, Aida, Il Trovatore, La Gioconda, Der Rosenkavalier, Salome. Eletra (1951) 2 LP. Alcanta
Beethoven: Fidelio and Leonora Overture. & Wagner: Tristan und Isolde prelude. Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker. 1 LP. EMI
Birgit Nilsson sings opera arias by Wagner, von Weber, Beethoven. Edward Downes dirigerer Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. (1963). 1 LP. Decca. LXT 6077
Birgit Nilsson. Opera arias by Richard Wagner & Giuseppe Verdi. 1 LP. Angel. 35540
Johannes Brahms: Alto Rhapsody. & Richard Wagner: Wesendonck-lieder. & Richard Strauss: 4 lieder. Janet Baker (mezzo-Soprano), Sir Adrian Boult, London Philharmonic Orchestra. (1971-1976) 1 LP. EMI. 065-02758 ***Recommendation ***
Anton Bruckner: Symphony no. 4 & Richard Wagner: Venus music. Bruno Walter, Columbia Symphony Orchestra. 2 LP. CBS
Bruckner: Symphony no. 7. + Wagner: Siegfried Idyll. Bruno Walther. Columbia Symphony Orchestra. 2 LP. CBS
Anton Bruckner: Symphony no. 7. - Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm, & Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll. Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik. 2 LP. DG
Det Kongelige kapel. 100 Aars Koncert Jubilæum 1883-1983. 5 LP. Polygram
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. A Portrait. Britten, Mozart, Verdi & Wagner. 1 LP Decca. GRV 7
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: A Opera portrait. Arias by Mozart, Gluck, Beethoven, Gounod, Verdi, Wagner, Strauss, 2 LP. DG
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Favourite scenes and arias. Gianni Schicchi, la Boheme, Otello, The Bartered Bride, Eugene Onegin, Tannhauser, Lohengrin, Der Freischuitz. 2 LP. EMI. SXDW 3049 ***Recommendation ***
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: Opera Arias. Gianni Schicchi, Otello, Der Freischütz, Tannhäuser, la Bohem, Eugen Onegin, Lohengrin, Der verkaufte Braut, 2 LP. EMI. 181-52291/93
Fritz Wunderlich: Close up. Sings Wagner, Nicolai, Lortzing, Massenet, Mozart, Handel, Lehar, Strauss, Kalman, Flotow.2 LP. EMI
Wilhelm Furtwängler Dirigiert Richard Wagner. 3 LP. EMI
German Operatic favorites. The Magic Flute, Martha, Fidelio, Lohengrin, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Der Freischütz, Tannhäuser. Many different known EMI artists. 1 LP. EMI. CFP 4561 * A brand new copy *** Recommendation ***
Herbert von Karajan: German overtürer to: Hebrides. + The merry wives of Windsor. + The Flying Dutchman. + Lohengrin. + Der Freischütz. Berlin Philharmonic, in some recordings from 1962. 1 LP. Angel. AE 34429 * A brand new copy *** Recommendation ***