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Wagner: Parsifal Box set


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Audio CD, Box set, October 11, 1991
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  • Performer: Berlin State Opera Choir
  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (October 11, 1991)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • 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: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000000SFK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Parsifal: Vorspiel
2. Parsifal: Act 1: He! Ho! Waldhueter ihr (Gurnemanz, Erster un zweiter Ritter, Erster un sweiter Knappe, Kundry)
3. Parsifal: Recht so! - Habt Dank! Ein wenig Rast (Amfortas, Zweiter, Ritter, Gurnemanz)
4. Parsifal: Nicht Dank! - Haha! Was wird es helfen? (Kundry, Dritter, und vieter Knappe, Gurnemanz)
5. Parsifal: O wunden-wundervoller heiliger Speer! (Gurnemanz, Knappen)
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Disc: 2
1. Parsifal: Vom Bade kehrt der Koenig heim (Gurnemanz, Parsifal)
2. Parsifal: (Verwandlungmusik)
3. Parsifal: Nun achte wohl und lass mich seh'n (Gurnemanz, Gralsritter, Junglinge, Knaben)
4. Parsifal: Mein Sohn Amfortas, bist du am Amt? (Titurel, Amfortas, Knaben, Junglinge, Ritter)
5. Parsifal: Enthuellet den Gral! (Titurel, Stimmen, Knaben)
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Disc: 3
1. Parsifal: Act 2: Vorspiel - Prelude
2. Parsifal: Die Zeit ist da (Klingsor)
3. Parsifal: Ach! Ach! Tiefe Nacht! (Kundry, Klingsor)
4. Parsifal: Hier war das Tosen! Hier, hier! (Madchen I. und II. Gruppe, Parsifal)
5. Parsifal: Komm, komm, holder Knabe! (Madchen I. und II. Gruppe, Parsifal)
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Disc: 4
1. Parsifal: Act 3: Vorspiel
2. Parsifal: Von dorther kam das Stoehnen (Gurnemanz, Kundry)
3. Parsifal: Heil dir, mein Gast! (Gurnemanz)
4. Parsifal: Heil mir, dass ich dich wiederfinde! (Parsifal, Gurnemanz)
5. Parsifal: O Herr! War es ein Fluch, der dich vom rechten Pfad vertrieb (Gurnemanz, Parsifal)
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Editorial Reviews

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Discs, libretto, case and inlay very good, shelf wear to slipcase. All orders received before 3pm shipped from the UK that weekday.

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It's a commonplace that Daniel Barenboim has done some of his best directing in Berlin, not Chicago, as this recording of Parsifal with the Berlin Phliharmonic attests. Wagner's score is fiendishly difficult--it's perhaps the composer's most delicate music--and Barenboim's decidedly intellectual temperament is complementary. The soloists (José van Dam, Siegfried Jerusalem, John Tomlinson, and Waltraud Meier) are superb. For me, Meier's startling, toneless gasp at the beginning of the third act--the first human sound after the ravishing orchestral introduction--is alone worth the price of this record. --Joshua Cody

Customer Reviews

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My one persistent complaint about this recording is the sound engineering.
L. Lubin
Wagner's music is so laden with emotion that one can certainly feel exactly what he is trying to convey.
Bjorn Viberg
Baremboim's cast has a great strength: the Kundry of Waltraud Meier, one of the finest ever recorded.
Gerardo Cabrera Munoz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Of all the recordings of PARSIFAL available at the moment, this one (and any of Knappertsbusch's live Bayreuth performances) is probably the best. Daniel Barenboim conducts the Berlin Philharmonic expertly, and to these ears he has a better grasp of the music than Solti, Karajan, or especially Levine (whose recording should definitely be avoided unless one wants to hear Jessye Norman's excellent Kundry). Siegfried Jerusalem brings a good voice and considerable intelligence (how often can THAT be said?) to Parsifal, and is, along with Vickers, probably the best exponent of the role. Waltraud Meier is a hugely satisfying Kundry: this is one of her best performances vocally and she is always dramatically alive. José van Dam could sound a little more desperate as Amfortas but is vocally perfect, and John Tomlinson is excellent as Titurel. The only drawbacks to this recording are Matthias Hölle and Günter von Kannen (as Gurnemanz and Klingsor, respectively). Both give good performances, but neither has the vocal ammunition needed for this opera. Their deficiencies are not enough, however, to spoil the whole. If anything, get this recording to hear Meier and Jerusalem in Act II. Truly harrowing.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Paco Yáñez on February 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Wagner's interpretation has a lot of fans that are not very open-mind to new ways of performing the works of the great Richard. This affects conducting, playing and singing and those listeners use to be much more closed to a kind of performances that come from the XIXth Century tradition, having the climax in the figure of Hans Knappertsbusch.

This is clearly a Parsifal in a different line, a modern version of a piece that can be played, of course, in different ways and not only in the very mystical Kna did. This Barenboim's performance is deep, very Germanic and perfect from the technical point of view, as it was his Tristan und Isolde, released by Teldec too and which is, together with this Parsifal one of the best recordings Barenboim did in his years with Berlin. Daniel Barenboim is, in my opinion the greatest Wagnerian conductor in our days, as his cycle of Wagner's works for Teldec shows, or as you can watch and listen in his just released DVD with the Walküre.

The orchestra is a glory made sound, and you remember it's the BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER, not the Staatsoper, like other reviewers wrote. In my opinion the German orchestra is the finest in the world, so you can imagine how great is them playing in this CD, in a moment of great shape under a baton they know very well. I simply can not imagine a performance like this in a live recording, so the miracle made sound is clear, with all the dynamics, tones, tempi... perfectly described.

The voices are really great, despite all those who can listen only the old recordings, Wagner allows everything and this is a marvellous way of singing the main roles, like Jerusalem or van Dam shows. About Waltrud Meier I can only say that her Kundry is the best I know, as she was too the best Isolde I know.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gerardo Cabrera Munoz on March 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Sure, Baremboim is no Knappterbusch, Krauss or Furtwangler, but as Wagner conductors come these days, he is very good indeed. His beautiful reading of Parsifal is well thought out, the marvelous Berliner Philharmoniker play as well gor him as they did for Karajan 20 years ago. Baremboim's cast has a great strength: the Kundry of Waltraud Meier, one of the finest ever recorded. Siegfried Jerusalem is good too and far preferable to many of his peers. Van Dam is a great Amfortas, but he was in fresher voice for Karajan. If you want a digital Parsifal you will have to choose between this and the Karajan set. Karajan's trump card is the formidable Gurnemanz of Kurt Moll, his tenor is just about the equal of Baremboim's, but his Kundry good as she is can't quite match the eroticism of Meier. The Karajan recording is early digital, the sound a little bit cool and analytical, the Baremboim is better recorded, more natural and warmer. Both are very collectable recordings.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Herb Stankovitch on September 25, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Well, my trusted Kubelik has finally met its match.
My beloved Meier and Jerusalem, my Isolde and Tristan, gracefully sailing on an ocean of grandiose, spiritually conducted Parsifalite, beautifully captured, how could this get any better?
I read complaints about sound levels. I beg to differ. Pump up the volume, kick the neighbors out, or better yet, invite them to the sonic feast.
If we're to get our ears blown off, let it be by the sacred winds of Parsifal!
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Format: Audio CD
Wagner - Parsifal / Meier, Jerusalem, Hölle, van Dam, von Kannen, Tomlinson, Berlin Phil., Barenboim~ Richard Wagner is a great recording. Wagner's music is so laden with emotion that one can certainly feel exactly what he is trying to convey. Wagner is truly a master when it comes to opera music and Parsifal is no exception. The lyrics are simply splendid and I aim to see this opera live at least once. The book-let is a amazing and they have definitely not been niggardly when it comes to this. It contains several wonderful illustrations, a short well written essay called some thoughts on Parsifal, and I must give this album 5 well deserved stars. Well done indeed.
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