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  • Orchestra: Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festipiele
  • Conductor: Hans Knappertsbusch
  • Composer: Wagner
  • Audio CD (January 28, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Andromeda
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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- Recorded in performance at Bayreuth, 1952. - Hans Knappertsbusch leads a dream cast of mid-20th century Wagnerian singers, including Wolfgang Windgassen, Martha Modl and Ludwig Weber. - Newly remastered in 24bit/96KHZ sound.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 7, 2014
Format: Audio CD
This live performance is fairly slow even by conductor Hans Knappertsbusch's usual standards; elsewhere he settles on timings around 250 minutes, but this 1952 performance is still marginally faster than the recording of the inaugural performance of this production at Bayreuth the year before and certainly does not noticeably drag - although the following year Clemens Krauss went for a considerably leaner, more propulsive "Parsifal". That 1953 season also benefitted by the arrival of Rita Streich as First Flower Maiden and the replacement of Wolfgang Windgassen by Ramon Vinay. Windgassen here reprises the role with considerable success, even if he is not ideally suited to the role of Parsifal by timbre or temperament.

There are few changes here from the more celebrated issue of the recording from the previous year. That was in fact a composite recording devised from two live performances, patched from the general rehearsal; this one is simply a faithful recording of how it was on the night of the 1st August, 1952.

The only important cast change here from 1951 is the substitution of Kurt Böhme for Arnold Van Mill as Titurel, a relatively small role. Böhme is adequate if rather rough. Martha Mödl, Ludwig Weber, George London and Hermann Uhde are common to all three seasons from 1951-53 and thus, apart from noting the pace of Krauss compared with the profundity of Knappertsbusch and the relative merits of two rather different Parsifals, we are largely comparing like with like when looking at all three consecutive Bayreuth runs.

In truth, all are monuments to the supremacy of Bayreuth following its post-war revival in 1951 and for me their greatest drawback resides in the Gurnemanz.
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