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Wagner: Parsifal / Sinopoli/Bayreuth, Watson, Elming [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

From the 1998 Festival, under the direction of the great Wagner conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli, the four main roles are taken by Poul Elming, Linda Watson, Falk Struckmann and Hnas Sotin - one of the strongest line-ups in Bayreuth's recent history. "Giuseppe Sinopoli coaxed an outstanding performance from the Festival Orchestra and Chorus, throwing light on the elaborate score... and investing the music with a meditatively flowing quality rather than the usual bombast" (Das Opernglas).

This Act 3 is very fine indeed. Some visual brightness... emerges, as the stylised forest blooms for Good Friday: Struckmann, Elming and the veteran Hans Sotin are all at their vocal best, while Sinopoli responds to the simplicity of the staging by letting the music speak with maximum expressiveness. Some will feel that the blandness of the production is reinforced by allowing both Kundry and Amfortas to survive at the end. But the second half of this Parsifal is one I would not want to be without.

The choral singing is very strong, and the Festival orchestra plays superbly, taking advantage of the fact that this opera was specifically written for the unique acoustics of Bayreuth. The Act II chorus of Flower Maidens and the Act III Good Friday Spell are led very slowly indeed, and the gradual approach offers the listener a wealth of sumptuous detail. Scholars of this unique opera may also hear ideas that were previously buried, like the Klingsor motif hiding (in a major key) underneath the final workings-out of the Grail theme at the end of Act III. That alone makes this recording worth adding to any collection.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 268 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish


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>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal
  • Performers: Poul Elming (Tenor); Matthias Hölle (Bass); Hans Sotin (Bass); Falk Struckmann (Baritone); Linda Watson (Soprano); Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Chorus
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859