Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (photo: Tully Potter)
Born: 1813
Died: 1883

No composer has had so deep an influence on the course of his art, before or since. Entrepreneur, philosopher, poet, conductor, one of the key composers in history and most remarkable men of the 19th century, Wagner knew he was a genius. He was also an unpleasant, egocentric and unscrupulous human being. 

Explore Wagner’s life and music...

The Gramophone Collection: Wagner's Ring 

Mike Ashman visits the musical immortals and the younger gods of today to deliver his verdict on the complete Ring cycle on record... Read more

Happy Christmas, dear Cosima 

How Richard Wagner, not the first name you associate with matters jolly and festive, made a present of a musical masterpiece. Mike Ashman tells the story... Read more 

Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

A survey of recordings of Wagner's opera, which weaves a powerful spell over performers and audiences alike, by Alan Byth (Gramophone, October 1998)... Read more

Top 10 Wagner recordings

While no list of great Wagner recordings could ever be considered 'definitive', our selection gathers a group of interpretations that we feel should earn a special place in any opera-lover's collection... Read more

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