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Wagner: Parsifal (Giuseppi Sinopoli, Beyreuth Festival Orchestra)
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elaborate score...and investing the music with a meditatively flowing quality rather than the usual bombast. --Das Opernglas
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You might think that: I couldn't possibly agree. This production is excellent, and strongly recommended.
The star of this production is not the director - it's the music of Wagner, ably interpreted by Sinopoli. I've watched Parsifal many times, in many forms. It tends to be ritualized, which is no bad thing, but Sinopoli brings a new freshness to the piece, and finds emotion within the ritual. The scene with Amfortas and his deceased father is delicately expressed. (Oddly enough, Schlingensief also focused on this scene, amidst the chaos of his production...)
The quality of the singing is splendid, for the most part.
Poul Elming's Parsifal was beautifully portrayed: incomparable heldentenor voice, plus a careful portrayal of Parsifal as the Tor, the simpleton: not stupid, merely incapable of dealing with the complexities and hypocrisies of life. In some portrayals, he seems to lose his innocence in the final act. Not in this production. He managed to combine authority with simplicity.
It was fun to see Falk Struckman as Amfortas. We saw him in this role at the Met in 2003, chewing the woodwork and appealing to the gallery. The character of Amfortas deserves no less.
Interesting to see Linda Watson as Kundry. She was fine, but the fey quality of the role seemed to have eluded her. Not unlike her current portrayal of Brünnhilde.
Hans Sotin's Gurnemanz was no more than adequate, but the rest of the cast compensated for this.Read more ›
Why not the fifth star? Because there is still more to Parsifal to be reveiled. Flowermaidens can be even more seductive, and Klingsor is a little "stiff." Get him closer to the audience!
to hell with modernism!!
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A very nice production but I was really disappointed that there were no subtitles available.Published 4 months ago by Horn Blower
Saw this in person... The last great Wolfgang Wagner production.Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
There are a number of DVDs/Blu-rays of PARSIFAL but most fall short due to inept conducting, mediocre singing, and atrocious stagings that may have a "message" but it's not... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Col William Russell (ret)