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Artists: Klaus Florian Vogt, Elena Pankratova
Format: Classical, Color, NTSC
Number of discs: 2
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
DVD Release Date: July 21, 2017
Last year’s Tristan und Isolde was the first release in an exclusive partnership between DG and the Bayreuth Festival to record its new productions. Hailed as “sublime and provocative” by the New York Times, Parsifal is the latest recording in this partnership, recorded in 2016 “with an excellent cast, headed by the clarion tenor Klaus Florian Vogt in the title role, and the conductor Hartmut Haenchen drawing radiant sound and striking transparency from the festival orchestra” (New York Times).
Richard Wagner’s Parsifal
First seen in 1882, Wagner’s final masterpiece was written specifically for the space and acoustics of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, where it was meant to be performed exclusively. The Met presented the first staged production outside Bayreuth in 1903. With a score of magnificent subtlety and beauty and a story that blends the legend of the Holy Grail with Christian imagery, Buddhist ideas, and 19th-century European philosophy, Parsifal is a unique work that transcends the boundaries of the standard repertoire. “Parsifal is not just an opera—it’s a mission,” says François Girard, who directed the Met’s acclaimed 2013 production. “At the end of his life, Wagner was trying to reconcile all the aspects of his spirituality. It’s a sacred piece in the history of music.”
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