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Wagner: Parsifal (Giuseppi Sinopoli, Beyreuth Festival Orchestra)


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  • Directors: Wolfgang Wagner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: C Major
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 268 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RRW4HE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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

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From the 1998 Festival, under the direction of the great Wagner conductor Guiseppe Sinopoli, the four main roles are taken by Poul Elming, Linda Watson, Falk Struckmann and Hans Sotin - one of the strongest line-ups in Bayreuth's recent history.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Doug Urquhart VINE VOICE on June 11, 2011
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This production is about as traditional as they come: a 1990s Bayreuth production, directed by Wolfgang Wagner, conducted by Giusppe Sinopoli. No acrobats, no flying pretzel monster, no nudity, no decaying rabbit. Boring, I should imagine...

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul on August 25, 2012
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This is, in my opinion, the best Parsifal recorded on DVD, and comes close to my favorite audio-only version (Knappertsbusch 1964). This is a modern staging that doesn't changes the original meaning, and focuses on the most important things. Lightning is particularly important in this production, as it enhances the dramatic effect of some of the most important moments. I can't stress enough how much I like this production. The singing is superb, there's a symmetry present in the arrangement of things and placement of people that contrasts with the labyrinth pattern on the floor. As another reviewer mentioned, there are two elements changed from the original: Kundry doesn't die and she actually take the Grail out of the shrine. Considering how many and horrible changes some modern productions do to some operas, this change is rather insignificant and it actually fits the production. The ending transmit such feeling of harmony and perfection that really leaves me speechless every time I watch/hear it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Col William Russell on May 25, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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 Wagner's. Sinopoli was certainly no Knappertsbush or von Karajan but he does a better job than anyone after him. Linda Watson is a decent Kundry despite the unttarctive as well as unseductive weight. Elming is no Melchior or Windgassen and keeps his eyes fixed on the conductor as if on cue cards. That said, it's a moving performance of Wagner's greatest (and my personal favorite) opera. The staging isn't bad but Wolfgang was certainly no Wieland. The bottom line is that this is the best that's likely to show up on DVD or Blu-ray as the qualities of singing, conducting, and staging continue to deteriorate and won't get back this level, much less the superior earlier standards.
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