Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883) was one of the most controversial and enigmatic composers of his or any era. He achieved his greatest fame writing operas with traditional (neither classical, Christian, not historical) stories that fanned the romantic and nationalist flames of his adoring German audiences. Wagner uniquely controlled all aspects of his operas, from the music and staging, to the theater and the words. His big idea was to create a 'total work of art', that synthesized poetry, drama, music and visuals. But first and foremost he was a wonderful musical composer. Enjoy this taster collection containing 24 musical pieces from Wagner's sublime oeuvre.