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Parsifal (CD) - Met Opera

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Parsifal (CD)
Composer: Richard Wagner
Release Date: August 16, 1994
Conductor: James Levine
Artists:

Plàcido Domingo
Jessye Norman
Kurt Moll
James Morris
Ekkehard Wlaschiha
Jan-Hendrik Rootering

Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
 

Parsifal
Wagner’s final opera is a musical journey unlike any other. The composer preferred to call his mature works “music dramas” to distinguish them from “conventional” opera, but he set Parsifal even further apart by naming it a Bühnenweihfestspiel, a “festival play for the consecration of a stage”—the stage in question being that of the Bayreuth Festival House. The opera tells the tale of a young man, who is destined to renew a brotherhood of knights charged with guarding the relics of Christ’s last days. The psychological, mythical, and mystical possibilities of such a story are obvious, and Wagner’s accomplishment results in an air of reverence that surrounds this piece. Premiere: Bayreuth Festival House, 1882.

Composer
 Richard Wagner (1813–1883)

Setting
Parsifal takes place in and around the sanctuary of the knights of the Holy Grail, at the mythical location of Monsalvat in Spain, during the Middle Ages. This new Met production places the action in an unspecified, timeless setting.



 

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