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Wagner: Parsifal [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden, Johan Botha, Michaela Schuster, Wolfgang Koch
  • Directors: Michael Schulz, Brian Large
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca (UMO)
  • DVD Release Date: 29 July 2013
  • Run Time: 242 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CZDVUAO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,252 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Christian Thielemann conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden in this performance of Wagner's opera recorded live in 2013. The performance was held for the Salzburg Easter Festival and featured vocalists including Johan Botha, Michaela Schuster, Stephen Milling and Wolfgang Koch.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2013
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The Salzburg Easter Festival production of Wagner's most enigmatic work is not the most attractive you've ever seen, nor is Michael Schulz's strange take on the work particularly obvious in its intentions. Even with the use of actors playing doubles of the main characters, their personalities and motivations remain for the most part remote, flat, mysterious and largely lifeless but the production does nonetheless hold close to the themes and the meaning of Parsifal. The real insights, innovations and illuminations on the work here however are almost entirely on the musical side. This is very much Christian Thielemann's show, which means that it may not meet the expectations we have of Parsifal, but it is never less than a thoughtful, fascinating and revealing exploration of this remarkable work.

It's a fairly lifeless production though, with little sense of narrative direction, and - critically for this particular work - little in the way of mood or atmosphere. While the appearance might be a little unsettling, unfamiliar and alienating, it's clear nonetheless that the director's choices do address many of the themes in Parsifal. There are five young boys and then five young men who shadow Parsifal, a bruised and battered Jesus who appears to be a physical representation of Kundry's curse, and a dwarf actor who represents the evil of Klingsor (who is sung moreover for extra significance here by the same singer who plays Amfortas). Two almost naked dancers meanwhile clinging to Amfortas are credited as Nike here, who may be representations of the pain that clings to him in his eternal torment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ultrarunner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Aug. 2013
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I have placed my original review on this opera online, as some people have had difficulity with the new Gatti Parsival. Some say it is too dark and slow. I disagree, I think it has merit. However, it is a matter of opinion and taste.This staging is full of light and Thielemann's tempi is half an hour shorter. I will write more details about this opera, after I have completed this review. The stage director is Michael Schultz and the Video director is Brian Large, who is highly experienced, thus the camera does not wander around. The staging is semi modern with plastic see through pillars, with light eminating from their top when the curtain opens. As Act I progresses the Pillars turn grey, then green. However, after the Transformation scene, faces ascend up the plastic round pillars which reach to the ceiling, thereafter they light up entirely.

In Act 2 there are busts of Greek Gods with heads off and they are laying on the floor. Plus, bodies and faces of Gods from ancient religions, including eastern, hanging upside down from the ceiling. In the corner is a statue of Buddha, which is a reference to Buddhist influence upon this opera. Kundry eventually sits upon it. Gurnemanz at the beginning of Act I sings,

" Yes, she may be under a curse. She lives here now-perhaps reincarnated to expiate some sin from an earlier life not yet forgiven there. Now she makes atonement by such deeds as benefit the knightly order, she has done good, beyond all doubt, serving us, and thereby helping herself."

Act 3 has a simple white stage titled upwards, where the action takes place. The costumes are semi modern, with Gurnemanz dressed in a beige suite with pieces of armour stuck to it. Amfortas wears blue batik robe. Kundry has clothes that could fit in any era.
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Must say the conductor took this opera at a good pace the singers were very good and I enjoyed the production it again was different.
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By YOUICHIROU UEHARA on 29 Nov. 2014
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Thielemann's performance is good ,but I do not like this Staging.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Chandler on 17 Aug. 2013
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I will not compete with the Ultrarunner review but can still add a few words
I bought this on spec as it was cheap and on first look I thought I had made a mistake. Gradually however it grew on me and on a second run I became captivated by it. The sound and singing is exceptional and the vocal face movements amazing. The production is very weird and there is no explanation in the booklet but even though I still do not understand it I find it oddly very satisfying. Splitting Klingsor in act 2 is inspired! I have compared it with the Salminen Meier Blu-ray and they are just so different. This release is still cheap and all I can say is that if you like Parsifal get yourself a copy quick!
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