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JOHNSON, S.: Wagner, His Life and Music (Unabridged)

Well over a century after Wagner’s death, the man and his music are as controversial as ever. Praised for his profound insights into the workings of the human heart, he has also been condemned as a dangerous libertine, a proto-fascist and an arrogant bore. His vast four-part operatic Ring cycle has been elevated as one of the greatest achievements of western culture and dismissed as an unparalleled example of creative megalomania.

This audiobook makes no attempt to gloss over the darker sides of Wagner’s character, personally or artistically, but argues that the finer aspects of his vision transcend its flaws. It tells the story of an extraordinary life, and charts Wagner’s development, from unpromising beginnings, into the creator of some of the most brilliantly innovatory and seductively beautiful music ever composed.



Disc 1

Wagner, Richard

  Wagner: His Life and Music (Unabridged)
1.   Preface 00:09:04
2.   The Life: Chapter 1. A Child of His Time 00:03:52
3.   Artistic Ancestry 00:03:18
4.   Paternity and Prejudice 00:03:48
5.   A Disturbed Imagination 00:04:07
6.   Musician or Poet 00:05:34
7.   First Compositions 00:03:23
8.   Youthful Idealism 00:03:20
9.   A Devouring Flame 00:05:12
10.   Chapter 2. The Road to Paris 00:03:35
11.   Young Germany 00:06:51
12.   Minna 00:02:12
13.   The Composer Takes the Stage 00:04:38
14.   The Flight from Riga 00:04:04
15.   An Auspicious Meeting 00:07:00
16.   New Friends, New Ideas 00:07:04
17.   'Through Adversity to the Stars' 00:02:24


Disc 2

Wagner, Richard

  Wagner: His Life and Music (Unabridged)
1.   Return to the Fatherland 00:05:35
2.   Chapter 3. Triumph and Disaster 00:04:06
3.   A 'Storm - Swept Ballad' 00:05:28
4.   Holy German Art 00:05:50
5.   The Greek Ideal 00:03:18
6.   The Revolutionary 00:11:03
7.   A Wanted Man 00:04:32
8.   Chapter 4. Exile 00:02:15
9.   Bright Sounds, Dark Thoughts 00:04:56
10.   Evolution of the Ring 00:09:34
11.   'Friend Schopenhauer' 00:07:39
12.   Tackling Tradition 00:02:03
13.   The Ring Strikes a Reef 00:02:30
14.   'In the Hothouse' 00:06:25
15.   Chapter 5. 'A Light Must Show Itself' 00:02:55


Disc 3

Wagner, Richard

  Wagner: His Life and Music (Unabridged)
1.   Growing Hopes 00:07:14
2.   A Marriage of Minds 00:03:45
3.   Scandal 00:06:20
4.   Shattered Dreams 00:02:17
5.   A New Champion 00:04:25
6.   The Ring Resumed 00:05:44
7.   Chapter 6. 'A Safe Stronghold' 00:07:48
8.   The Cathedral of Art 00:05:16
9.   Power Courted and Questioned 00:04:33
10.   Religion and Art 00:04:12
11.   Redemption through Blood 00:02:40
12.   Compassion and Renunciation 00:03:48
13.   Coming to Terms with Richard Wagner 00:05:06
14.   The Music: Prelude 00:02:15
15.   [Music] Eine Faust - Overture 00:12:14


Disc 4

Wagner, Richard

  Wagner: His Life and Music (Unabridged)
1.   Wesendonck Lieder 00:00:44
2.   [Music] Wesendonck Lieder: No. 3. 'Im Treibhaus' 00:05:51
3.   [Music] Wesendonck Lieder: No. 5. 'Traume' 00:04:17
4.   Siegfried Idyll 00:05:54
5.   The Operas 00:00:44
6.   [Music] Rienzi: Overture 00:11:07
7.   Der Fliegende Hollander 00:00:47
8.   Synopsis: Act I 00:00:51
9.   Act II 00:01:03
10.   Act III 00:00:57
11.   The Drama in Music 00:01:51
12.   [Music] Der Fliegende Hollander: Overture 00:11:31
13.   The Drama in Music continued 00:08:49
14.   Tannhauser 00:01:45
15.   Synopsis: Act I 00:01:32
16.   Act II 00:01:09
17.   Act III 00:01:21
18.   The Drama in Music 00:01:00
19.   [Music] Tannhauser: Overture 00:13:58
20.   The Drama in Music continued 00:02:22


Disc 5

Wagner, Richard

  Wagner: His Life and Music (Unabridged)
1.   [Music] Tannhauser: Venusberg Music 00:12:20
2.   The Drama in Music continued 00:05:02
3.   Lohengrin Synopsis: Act I 00:01:43
4.   Act II 00:01:28
5.   [Music] Lohengrin: Act II, Scene 4. Bridal Procession 00:06:24
6.   Act III 00:01:27
7.   The Drama in Music 00:01:36
8.   [Music] Lohengrin: Prelude 00:09:53
9.   The Drama in Music continued 00:03:11
10.   [Music] Lohengrin: Prelude to Act III 00:02:32
11.   The Drama in Music continued 00:03:07
12.   From Opera to Music Drama 00:03:44
13.   Der Ring des Nibelungen 00:05:16
14.   Das Rheingold Synopsis: Scene 1 00:01:01
15.   Scene 2 00:01:05
16.   Scene 3 00:00:59
17.   Scene 4 00:01:55
18.   Die Walkure Synopsis: Act I 00:02:27
19.   Act II 00:01:45
20.   Act III 00:01:22
21.   [Music] Die Walkure: Act III, Scene 3 (Conclusion). 'Nicht streb, o Maid, den Mut mir zu storen' (Wotan, Brunnhilde) 00:04:31
22.   [Music] Die Walkure: Act III, Scene 3 (Conclusion). 'Leb wohl, du kuhnes, herrliches Kind!' (Wotan) 00:05:02


Disc 6

Wagner, Richard

  Wagner: His Life and Music (Unabridged)
1.   [Music] Die Walkure: Act III, Scene 3 (Conclusion). 'Der Augen leuchtendes Paar' (Wotan) 00:05:51
2.   [Music] Die Walkure: Act III, Scene 3 (Conclusion). 'Loge, hor! Lausche hieher!' (Wotan) 00:01:27
3.   [Music] Die Walkure: Act III, Scene 3 (Conclusion). 'Wer meines Speeres Spitze furchtet' (Wotan) 00:03:41
4.   Siegfried Synopsis: Act I 00:02:21
5.   Act II 00:01:50
6.   Act III 00:01:30
7.   Gotterdammerung Synopsis: Prologue 00:01:02
8.   Act I 00:01:50
9.   Act II 00:01:21
10.   Act III 00:02:04
11.   [Music] Gotterdammerung: Act III, Scene 3 (Conclusion). 'Mein Erbe nun nehm' ich zu eigen' (Brunnhilde) 00:02:59
12.   [Music] Gotterdammerung: Act III, Scene 3 (Conclusion). 'Fliegt heim, ihr Raben!' (Brunnhilde) 00:03:56
13.   [Music] Gotterdammerung: Act III, Scene 3 (Conclusion). Conclusion (Hagen) 00:05:04
14.   The Drama in Music 00:08:40
15.   'At the climax of Das Rheingold…' 00:07:28
16.   Tristan und Isolde Synopsis: Act I 00:02:07
17.   Act II 00:01:52
18.   Act III 00:01:44
19.   The Drama in Music 00:04:41
20.   [Music] Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act I 00:08:39
21.   The Drama in Music continued 00:08:01


Disc 7

Wagner, Richard

  Wagner: His Life and Music (Unabridged)
1.   Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg Synopsis: Act I 00:01:46
2.   Act II 00:01:51
3.   Act III 00:02:55
4.   The Drama in Music 00:01:19
5.   [Music] Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Prelude 00:09:45
6.   The Drama in Music continued 00:10:27
7.   Parsifal Synopsis: Act I 00:01:55
8.   Act II 00:01:22
9.   Act III 00:01:54
10.   The Drama in Music 00:01:20
11.   [Music] Parsifal: Prelude to Act I 00:10:27
12.   The Drama in Music continued 00:11:08
13.   [Music] Parsifal: 'Good Friday Spell' from Act III 00:11:14

Total Playing Time: 08:56:06






Author(s):
Johnson, Stephen

Composer(s):
Wagner, Richard

Reader(s):
Johnson, Stephen

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Non-Fiction

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: NA0141

Barcode: 9781843797517

Physical Release: 05/2013

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