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Peter Hofmann (Parsifal), Dunja Vejzovic (Kundry), Kurt Moll (Gurnemanz), José van Dam (Amfortas), Siegmund Nimsgern (Klingsor), Victor von Halem (Titurel), Hanna Schwarz (Alto Stimme)
Berlin German Opera Chorus, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
In most respects this is the most perfect, atmospheric Parsifal yet committed to disc or cassette. Admitting the vocal imperfections, few as they are, the set attempts an artistic, or at least... — More…
George London (Wotan), Kirsten Flagstad (Fricka), Claire Watson (Freia), Set Svanholm (Loge), Waldemar Kmentt (Froh), Eberhard Wächter (Donner), Paul Kuen (Mime), Jean Madeira (Erda), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Walter Kreppel (Fasolt), Kurt Böhme (Fafner),...
even Solti's detractors have to admit the awesome status of Gotterdammerung, in which performance and recording unite with seamless strength to evoke the power of cosmic, cathartic tragedy. It... — More…
Jutta Vulpius, Elisabeth Schärtel, Maria Graf, Gustav Neidlinger, Astrid Varnay, Maria von Ilosvay, Wolfgang Windgassen, Georgine von Milinkovic, Mina Bolotine, Hermann Uhde, Josef Greindl, Gré Brouwenstijn
Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra, Joseph Keilberth
…Götterdämmerung with white-hot immediacy. The cast is superb, from Norns and Rhinemaidens upward. Keilberth sweeps them all along the path of tragedy with compellingly balanced drive and spaciousness,... — More…
Plácido Domingo (Parsifal), Waltraud Meier (Kundry), Franz-Josef Selig (Gurnemanz), Wolfgang Bankl (Klingsor), Ain Anger (Titurel), Falk Struckmann (Amfortas), Janina Baechle (Alto Stimme)
Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Christian Thielemann
At one and the same time this is a beautiful Parsifal… a modern Parsifal… and a new look at Parsifal, informed by Thielemann's experience and knowledge of a great tradition. …Domingo's… commitment... — More…
Margaret Curphey (Eva), Alberto Remedios (Walther), Norman Bailey (Hans Sachs), Derek Hammond-Stroud (Beckmesser), Ann Robson (Magdalene), Gregory Dempsey (David), Noel Mangin (Pogner), Stafford Dean (Nightwatchman)
Sadlers Wells Chorus & Sadlers Wells Opera Orchestra, Reginald Goodall
It's eminently listenable, capturing the musical and spiritual glow of Goodall's orchestra and voices, masterfully embodying the comedy's entwining pain and laughter. …this is not only something... — More…
Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Astrid Varnay (Brünnhilde), Hans Hotter (Der Wanderer), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Paul Kuen (Mime), Maria von Ilosvay (Erda)
Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Joseph Keilberth
Time and again, as I listened enraptured to this overwhelming performance, I felt as though as I was sitting in the Bayreuth stalls. …Keilberth's… command of every aspect of this vast score... — More…
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Plácido Domingo, Deborah Voigt
Orchestra of Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano
It appears that in 1862, three years before Tristanand Isolde's première, Wagner hoped that the Schnorrs, his original Tristan and Isolde, would give part of the Love duet in a concert performance.
This... — More…