Wagner: Parsifal (2-DVD) – Johan Botha

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Wagner: Parsifal (2-DVD) – Johan Botha

Composer: Richard Wagner
Artists: Johan Botha, Michaela Schuster, Wolfgang Koch, Stephen Milling, Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor, Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Sachsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Staatskapelle Dresden
Conductor: Christian Thielemann
Director: Michael Schulz
Format: NTSC
Language: German 
Subtitles: German, French, English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Number of Discs: 2
Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
DVD Release Date: September 10, 2013
Run Time: 242 minutes

The 2013 Salzburg Easter Festival’s “musically immensely exciting, luxuriously cast Parsifal” (Die Presse). Christian Thielemann conducts the Dresden Staatskapelle – which Vienna's Kurier declared ideal for this work and Wagner himself called his “magic harp – in a performance described by the Financial Times as “definitive...beautiful and as close to perfection as humans can get.... The cast is uniformly solid.... In the title role, Johan Botha sings with marvelously easy, silver-toned lyricism.”

 

History

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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