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W.R.Wagner

W.R.Wagner

The German composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner (1813–1883) composed this aria as part of the opera Lohengrin. Princess Elsa is falsely suspected of murdering her brother. At her trial, she relates a dream of a knight in shining armor who will save her. The knight then appears on a boat towed by a swan. He has come to save her, but there is a condition.
The power and beauty of Wagner’s works have attracted many enthusiastic fans, who are called "Wagnerians." Among these was King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who built Neuschwanstein castle under the influence for Wagner’s operas. Other works by Wagner in the Historical Recordings Collection include the "Grand March" from the opera Tannhäuser and the "Wedding March" from Lohengrin.


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2021-01-27
Approximately 600 historical recordings are newly available online.
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2021-01-12
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2020-03-30
Introductory Guides to Japanese Historical Recordings: "How Records Spread the Tokyo Style of Yokyoku Nationwide" and "Listening to 'The Days of Xylophones'" are now available in English.
2019-11-27
Approximately 1,000 historical recordings are newly available online.
See also National Diet Library News External link.