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Wagner, Wolfgang 1919-2010

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Most widely held works by Wolfgang Wagner
Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner( Visual )

13 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in German and Undetermined and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A much deeper and darker tragedy in the form of this opera, a yearning for death in the guise of homesickness for the "dark land of night from which Tristan's mother sent him forth," determines Tristan's disposition and destiny from the beginning
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner( Visual )

27 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner's tribute to Hans Sachs and the Meistersingers and the love story of Walther and Eva
Parsifal by Richard Wagner( Visual )

28 editions published between 1981 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wolfgang Wagner's production of his grandfather's opera
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Visual )

21 editions published between 1976 and 2011 in German and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the face of the battle, Siegmund, fathered by Wotan, discovers that Sieglinde is his twin sister. Yet, they join as man and wife. Wotan knows he must kill Siegmund for the violation of the laws of matrimony. But unable to bear the agony of the deed, he sends the Valkyrie Brunnhilde, in his place. Brunnhilde takes mercy on the two lovers. In anguish, Wotan causes Siegmund's death by shattering his sword in battle. Brunnhilde is made mortal as punishment for betraying Wotan, and he surrounds her with a wall of flame that can only be broken by a hero. A wall of flame. A portent of the fall of the Gods
Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner( Visual )

8 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in German and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the most acclaimed Wagner productions of the postwar period, this electrifying, revolutionary Bayreuth staging of 'The flying Dutchman" catapulted the German director Harry Kupfer to international fame. Kupfer's psychologically acute production presents the entire story as a hallucination, in which Senta's yearning for the eternally wandering Dutchman sends her into a trance-like state."
Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner( Visual )

13 editions published between 1980 and 2006 in German and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The crucible set for the Gods is heated when the forge begins to form the powerful ring in the underworld of Nibelheim. Wotan bargains with the Giants to build the glory of Valhalla and risks the Gods immortality. To appease the Giants and ensure eternal youth, Wotan steals the Rhinegold and the ring from the evil dwarf, Alberich and gives it to the Giants. In fury, Alberich bitterly spits forth the ring's unforgiving curse
Siegfried by Richard Wagner( Visual )

11 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in German and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New productions of Wagner's The Ring at the Bayreuth Festival are mounted every 6 years. Bayreuth recordings of the complete cycle are rare; this is the 2nd filmed version. The Kupfer/Barenboim Ring was performed over a 5-yr. period and recorded at the conclusion
The making of the Ring : a documentary by Peter Weinberg( Visual )

14 editions published between 1983 and 2005 in English and German and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary about the making of Patrice Chéreau's daring and controversial 1976 production at Bayreuth of Wagner's cycle "Der Ring des Nibelungen." Includes a brief history of the Bayreuth Festival from its beginning to the present
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner( Visual )

13 editions published between 1981 and 2006 in German and Undetermined and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three Rhinemaidens are swimming in the depths of the river Rhine as Alberich the Nibelung (a night-dwarf) enters. The Rhinemaidens tell Alberich that if someone should forswear all love, he would be able to forge an all-powerful ring of the Rhinegold. Mad with despair, Alberich forswears and curses all love and he steals the Rhinegold and flees before the shocked Rhinemaidens can take any action
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner( Visual )

11 editions published between 1981 and 2006 in German and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bleak wind chord of E flat minor opens Richard Wagner's Götterdämmerung. It establishes the dominant atmosphere of the piece from its first bar: twilight, a deceptive half-light, prevails. Shadowy figures stumble towards the abyss. The last evening of the Ring is one of plotting and betrayal, of ominous oaths, a chilling lust for power, abuse and humiliation , and, also, of a superbly staged apocalypse, when the beings and things destined for destruction shine brightly for one last time. The leitmotivs and thematic ideas from throughout the whole tetralogy recur in Götterdämmerung, intensified and woven into a musical web from which there can be no escape. Everything appears to fit together fatally with everything else. There is nothing more to be done. The net of catastrophe is knotted too fatefully for that, both musically and dramatically. When Wagner sat down to write a prose outline of what turned out as the last part of the Ring, he called it Siegfried's Death. That was in the year of revolutions, 1848. The new title, usually translated as Twilight of the Gods, came later (Bernard Shaw called it Night Falls on the Gods but that never caught on). All the threads of the drama run now towards the hero's fall. The death of Siegfried precipitates the final dissolution of the gods' world, set in train by Wotan when he impiously tore a branch from the World Ash-Tree, and to which the god was already resigned long ago, before he knew of Siegfried's conception. The natural order has been diverted from its proper course, and the last hope of righting it rests with Siegfried , the human being of the future. He knows no constraints, no fear of violence moderates his thirst for action, he is naive and spontaneous. To Wagner he represented Utopia, Thomas Mann described him as "harlequin, god of light and anarchistic social revolutionary", Shaw as "a totally unmoral person, a born anarchist, the ideal of Bakunin, an anticipation of the 'overman' of Nietzsche". Yet he is unfree, nevertheless: he must run on the rails laid by Wotan and thus he is the instrument (one might say, war machine) of the failing power of the old gods as they wait for annihilation. The truly new, however, as Wagner saw it, can only rise from the ashes of the old. So Siegfried too must die, and Brünnhilde, magnanimous in forgiveness, assumes the roles of tragic heroine and redeemer by her self-sacrifice
Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner( Visual )

17 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Götz Friedrich's 1970s production scandalized the Bayreuth old guard while revealing Tannhäuser's revolutionary qualities to a new age of Wagner lovers. 'Davis's conducting is nothing short of magnificent, while the singing is truly on a festival level' (New York Daily News). 'The performances throughout are superb-- Jones is stunningly effective.' (New York Times). 'In Jürgen Rose's beautiful settings-- an excellent introduction to a new approach to Wagner's world' (Le Quotidien de Paris)"--Container
Lohengrin by Richard Wagner( Visual )

6 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in German and Undetermined and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The power and radiance of the Lohengrin score express Wagner's deeply held belief that love is essentially mystical. The frail and lovely Elsa of Brabant is accused of murdering her own brother, but God sends a mysterious knight, Lohengrin, to defend her honor
Der Ring des Nibelungen a stage festival drama for three days and a preliminary evening by Richard Wagner( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in German and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A presentation of the second of the four operas that comprise Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), Richard Wagner's epic, which follows the struggles of gods, heroes, and several mythical creatures over the eponymous magic Ring that grants the power to rule the world. In this part, Siegmund falls in love with Sieglinde and must battle her husband, Hunding. The Valkyrie Brunhilde sides with Siegmund and in punished for her disobedience by Wotan, the ruler of the gods
Lebens-Akte : Autobiographie by Wolfgang Wagner( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in German and French and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner in Bayreuth by Richard Wagner( Visual )

7 editions published in 1992 in German and English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the history and design of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus. Shows a selection of excerpts from productions from the Bayreuther Festspiele as an advertisement for the recordings which are available on CD and video
Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg by Richard Wagner( Visual )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in German and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A remarkable evening by the Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele and the Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Wagneriana : eine Ausstellung der Universitätsbibliothek Eichstätt zum 75. Geburtstag von Wolfgang Wagner( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in German and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carl Maria von Weber und die deutsche Nationaloper by Wolfgang Wagner( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in German and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wolfgang Wagner zum 50. Geburtstag by Wolfgang Wagner( Book )

5 editions published in 1969 in German and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Wagner family by Richard Wagner( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This film is about Wagner family, a family which has ruled the theatre in Bayreuth in southern Germany for the last 140 years. Richard Wagner who built it was one of the most influential composers in the 19th century but his family has survived a mixture of lies, deception, fraud and dangerous political alliances. It's a family - in many ways the Royal family of Germany - at war with itself. "--Pamphlet
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Wagner, Wolfgang Manfred Martin 1919-2010

Wolfgang Wagner director de escena y empresario alemán

Wolfgang Wagner Duits ondernemer

Wolfgang Wagner Grandson of Richard Wagner and director of the Bayreuth Theatre

Wolfgang Wagner imprenditore e regista teatrale tedesco

Wolfgangus Wagner

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Вагнер, Вольфганг

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