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Wagner: Parsifal / Meier, Jerusalem Holle, Van Dam, Von Kannen, Tomlinson

Notes & Reviews:

Parsifal always brings out the very best in its interpreters, and this new version is no exception. Barenboim is always most impressively heard in works of the grandest, most soul-searching kind ... and he meets splendidly this most formidable challenge of all. He empathizes with the internal agonies of the principal characters and charts their development, especially Parsifal's and Kundry's, with unerring fidelity to Wagner's intentions, superbly supported by the orchestra and the recording. ... I don't think I have ever heard certain passages, particularly the more reflective ones, suffused with so much sensuousness, and together conductor and orchestra sustain the line through even the most complex passages of contrapuntal writing. .... (Waltraud) Meier ... here ... offers what I have no hesitation in saying is the most arrestingly incisive, best sung Kundry in any set. Inspired by Barenboim, her imprecations against Parsifal when her designs are thwarted are quite thrilling in their precision, the high Bs thrown out fearlessly. She is matched by the most satisfying Parsifal to date on disc in Siegfried Jerusalem... - Gramophone



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