Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner Music Recordings

  • Born
    22nd May 1813
  • Died
    13th February 1883
  • Birthplace
    Leipzig, Germany

Richard Wagner was a German composer, conductor, theatre director and essayist, primarily known for his operas (or "music dramas", as they were later called). Wagner's compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for their complex texture, rich harmonies and orchestration, and the elaborate use of leitmotifs: musical themes associated with individual characters, places, ideas or plot elements. Unlike most other opera composers, Wagner wrote both the music and libretto for every one of his stage works. Initially establishing his reputation as a composer of works such as The Flying Dutchman and Tannhäuser which were in the romantic traditions of Weber and Meyerbeer, Wagner transformed operatic thought through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk ("total work of art").

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Der fliegende Holländer, WWV 63 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, WWV 96 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Die Walküre, WWV 86B Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Lohengrin, WWV 75 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Parsifal, WWV 111 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Siegfried, WWV 86C Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Tannhaeuser, WWV 70 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
5 Gedichte für eine Frauenstimme (Wesendonck Lieder), WWV 91 Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
Das Liebesmahl der Apostel, WWV 69 Symphonic Pieces Choir and Orchestra
Siegfried Idyll, WWV 103 Symphonic Poem Orchestra
Das Rheingold, WWV 86A Theatrical / Incidental Choir and Orchestra