2013 marks the Wagner’s bicentennial year. Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor primarily known for his operas. Unlike most opera composers, who generally left the task of writing the libretto (the text and lyrics) to others, Wagner wrote his own libretti, which he referred to as “poems”. Wagner’s musical style introduced new ideas in harmony, melodic process and operatic structure, he explored the limits of the traditional tonal system, which gave keys and chords their identity, pointing the way to atonality in the 20th century. This 43 CDs boxset is Deutsche Grammophon’s comprehensive collection, excellent value for anyone who enjoys Wagner operas, there are DG, Decca and EMI recordings here:
Die Freen (DG) rec 1972 Sir Edward Downes
Das Liebesverbot (DG) rec 1975 Sir Edward Downes
Rienzi rec 1976 (EMI) Heinrich Hollreiser
Der Fliegende Hollander (DG) rec 1981 Giuseppe Sinopoli
Tannhauser (DG) rec 1988 Giuseppe Sinopoli
Lohengrin (Decca) rec 1985-6 Sir Georg Solti
Der Ring Des Nibelungen (DG) rec 1987-88 Metropolitan Opera James Levine
Tristan und Isolde (DG) rec 1980-82 Carlos Kleiber
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (DG) rec 1976 Eugen Jochum
Parsifal (Decca) 1972 Sir Georg Solti
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