Wagner: Parsifal Box set
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The CD booklet has a summary of each act, but no libretto.
Boris Christoff is a great Gurnemanz, but once again, because of the obnoxiously huge cuts, his contributions to the part have been cut down, but not too considerably.
Vittorio Gui could have made a landmark Italian Parsifal, but his cuts have cut short some integral parts of the score. Still, Callas' Kundry is a great addition to your library.
Callas' wails of terror when Kundry realizes that she is again in Klingsor's power and, above all, the ferocious power of Callas' high note when she tells Parsifal that she laughed at Christ on his way to the cross will knock you back in your seat. Since the recording is primarily valuable as a document of Callas' performance (although the excellent playing of the orchestra under Vittorio Gui shines through the limited sound), it doesn't really matter that the performance is in Italian, and the only cuts anyone will regret are those which diminish Kundry's role. Unfortunately there are a few such cuts, most notably in Act II, Scene II, although most of Kundry's most important moments are there.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of my favorite recordings of Parsifal, because of the brilliant conducting of
Georg Solti and the magnificent playing of the Vienna Philharmonic. Read more
What a revelation! I own several versions of Parsifal, but this one is the most emotionally involving. Now I cannot listen to my other versions. You can't go wrong.Published 4 months ago by Phillip R. Marcus
Many of the reviews listed here are for OTHER recordings of Parsifal - not this splendid 1964 BayreuthPublished 5 months ago by J. Kauffman
Other exponents of the title role of PARSIFAL overshadow Jon Vickers for superior psychological insight and youthful sound (Jess Thomas) and for subtlety of interpretation... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Theodore Shulman
A great recording. Arrived on time and I have enjoyed it since!Published 15 months ago by Alexander Corbluth
Stewart Crowe's excellent review of this recording on Amazon UK has covered the many reasons for its pre-eminence, so I will do little more than refer you to his critique and... Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Ralph Moore
I am not rating the version, but the opera itself. It is a dark opera with a few "moments", less than the awesome Ring, Tristan and isolde, Lohengrin. Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by Martin Pitchon
I've just noticed that my 2008 review of this set was no longer on Amazon. Fortunately (or not) I had saved it on my hard drive, and can re-post it. Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by L. Lubin
Tutto bene. Tempo di spedizione ottimo. Cd in ottimo stato. Massima soddisfazione da parte mia e da parte della mia famiglia.