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Wagner: Parsifal / Gergiev

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>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal
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Notes & Reviews:

The Mariinsky label's first recording of a Wagner opera features an exceptional international cast led by Rene Pape, Gary Lehman and Violeta Urmana. The Mariinsky Theatre has a long association with Wagner's music. The composer himself conducted at the theatre, which in 1863 was the location of the first performance of music from his as yet unstaged 'Ring Cycle'. Over the past decade, Valery Gergiev has established a formidable reputation as a Wagner conductor, although remarkably this is his first recording of a Wagner opera. The composer described 'Parsifal', his final complete opera, as "A Festival Play for the Consecration of the Stage." Inspired by Wolfram von Eschenbach's Arthurian poem 'Parzifal', the work has always sparked controversy, mixing moral and religious themes with music of irresistible sumptuousness. The 'harmonic experiments' that he adopted for his previous opera, 'Tristan und Isolde', are further refined to create music of astonishing beauty that still retains and reflects the deep morality of the tale.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, R (06/05/2009-06/13/2009).


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>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia (06/05/2009-06/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1878-1882