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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (1813-83)


A giant in the pantheon of composers.

His influence on the development of romanticism cannot be understated, his contribution in the field of opera is unique and his influence on subsequent composers in the realms of harmony and orchestration was wide and profound.

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Further Reading: Wagner

 Interview, Jaap van Zweden on the Hong Kong Philharmonic's Ring Cycle

As the final instalment of the cycle on Naxos is released, the conductor talks to Katherine about the project's origins, and the challenges and rewards of tackling Wagner's epic with an orchestra whose primary home is the concert-hall rather than the opera-house.

 Recording of the Week, Wagner's Die Meistersinger from Bayreuth, directed by Barrie Kosky

Katherine reviews the Australian director's complex but illuminating 2017 production, which places the composer himself at the heart of the action.

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