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Wagner: Parsifal [Box set]

Herbert von Karajan Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (5 July 1984)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001G53
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Wagner: Parsifal - PreludeBerliner Philharmoniker14:14£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 1 - "He! Ho! Waldhüter ihr"Kurt Moll 8:18£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 1 - "Recht so! Habt Dank! Ein wenig Rast!" - "Gawan! - Herr! Gawan weilte nicht!"Kurt Moll 6:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 1 - "Nicht Dank! Haha! Was wird es helfen?" - "He! Du da! Was liegst du dort wie ein wildes Tier?"Kurt Moll 7:30£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 1 - "O wunden-wundervoller heiliger Speer"Kurt Moll 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 1 - "Titurel, der fromme Held"Marjon Lambriks10:15£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 1 - "Weh! - Hoho! - Auf! - Wer ist der Frevler?"Kurt Moll 6:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 1 - "Nun sag'! Nichts weißt du, was ich dich frage"Kurt Moll 7:14£1.09  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 1 - "Vom Bade kehrt der König heim"Kurt Moll 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 1 - VerwandlungsmusikBerliner Philharmoniker 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 1 - "Nun achte wohl und laß mich seh'n" - "Zum letzten Liebesmahle"Kurt Moll 7:48£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 1 - "Mein Sohn Amfortas, bist du am Amt?"Victor von Halem12:03£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 1 - Enthüllet den Gral!Walter Hagen-Groll 7:28£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 1 - "Wein und Brot des letzten Mahles"Kurt Moll11:08£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 2 - Prelude - "Die Zeit ist da"Berliner Philharmoniker 5:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 2 - "Ach! Ach! Tiefe Nacht! Wahnsinn!" - "Furchtbare Not!"Berliner Philharmoniker10:34£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 2 - "Hier war das Tosen!"Walter Hagen-Groll 4:26£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Listen  1. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 2 - "Komm, holder Knabe!"Janet Perry 5:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 2 - "Parsifal! Weile!"Janet Perry 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 2 - "Dies alles hab' ich nun geträumt?"Berliner Philharmoniker 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 2 - "Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust"Berliner Philharmoniker 5:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 2 - "Wehe! Was tat ich? Wo war ich?" - "Bekenntnis wird Schuld in Reue enden"Berliner Philharmoniker 5:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 2 - "Amfortas! Die Wunde!"Berliner Philharmoniker 7:27£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 2 - "Grausamer! Fühlst du im Herzen" - "Ich sah ihn" - "Nun such' ich ihn von Welt zu Welt"Berliner Philharmoniker12:53£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 2 - "Vergeh, unseliges Weib!"Berliner Philharmoniker 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 3 - PreludeBerliner Philharmoniker 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 3 - "Von dorther kam das Stöhnen"Kurt Moll 7:41£1.09  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 3 - "Heil dir, mein Gast!"Kurt Moll 7:45£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 3 - Heil mir, daß ich dich wiederfinde! (Parsifal, Gurnemanz)Kurt Moll 4:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 3 - "O Herr! War es ein Fluch" - "Die heil'ge Speisung bleibt uns nun versagt"Kurt Moll 6:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 3 - "Nicht so! Die heil'ge Quelle selbst erquicke unsres Pilgers Bad"Kurt Moll 4:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 3 - "Gesegnet sei, du Reiner, durch das Reine!" - "Wie dünkt mich doch die Aue heut so schön!"Kurt Moll 8:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 3 - Du siehst, das ist nicht so (Gurnemanz, Parsifal)Kurt Moll 6:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 3 - "Mittag. Die Stund' ist da" - Verwandlungsmusik (Gurnemanz)Kurt Moll 4:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 3 - "Geleiten wir im bergenden Schrein"Walter Hagen-Groll 4:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 3 - Ja, Wehe! Wehe! Weh' über mich! (Amfortas, Ritter)Walter Hagen-Groll 8:02£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 3 - Nur eine Waffe taugt (Parsifal)Berliner Philharmoniker 4:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wagner: Parsifal / Act 3 - "Höchsten Heiles Wunder!" - "Erlösung dem Erlöser!" (Knaben, Jünglinge, Ritter)Walter Hagen-Groll 4:46£0.79  Buy MP3 


Product Description

DGG 413347 2; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica Lirica

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much drama... Excellent basses 5 Oct 2004
By "qpad"
Format:Audio CD
I will make this a brief review, as much of the strong points have already been covered in the rest of the reviews of this item. I will focus on the singers.
I will just take a moment to praise the basses in this performance. Kurt Moll and José van Dam are perfect as Gurnemanz and Amfortas. Especially Moll is superb as the fatherly, all-knowing Gurnemanz. Sigmund Nimsgern is also very good.
I usually find Peter Hoffmann a bit of a let down as Heldentenor, and although this is better than his Erik in "Holländer" for Karajan, he is by no means up there with the likes of Wolfgang Windgassen or René Kollo. Dunca Vejovic is an interesting Kundry, although her very dramatic voice doesn't really blend well with the rest of the cast.
This is very good indeed. Moll and van Dam alone makes up, what Hoffmann lacks (again, as with the Karajan "Holländer". These two basses suit each other brilliantly in Wagner). Even the smaller parts are cast with such magnificent forces as Inga Nielsen (Blumenmaid), Hannah Schwarz (Stimme) and Georg Tichy (Knappe).
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 1 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm not a big fan of Karajan but I love his DDD recording of Wagner's great Eastertime opera. The libretto is more repellent than usual but the music is certainly Wagner's most exquisite. It's an extraordinary work filled with music of such intense beauty it's almost painful. The last Act is simply amazing from beginning to end and the contrast between Act One and Three and the central act set in Klingsor's castle is extremely effective. The only reservation I have about the singers is Hoffman's sometimes wobbly Parsifal but all the rest are superb. For a sample listen to the 'seduction scene' in Act Two between Kundry and Parsifal or the final, transcendent chorus in Act Three. The BPO play in THE most ravishing way imaginable and the sound quality is faultless. Maybe Karajan DOES focus more on the music than the drama but the overall effect is riveting.
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly beautiful 3 Mar 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Wow! This recording has to be one of the most beatiful recordings of a Wagner opera ever made.
Herbert von Karajan is renound for producing beautiful sounds in just about every piece he recorded, but here he created something very special. His tempo is fairly slow, but this is precisely what this opera requires to bring out its majesty and beauty. The recording is DDD and the sound is understandably wonderful and clear.
The cast is fantastic all round. Peter Hoffmann plays the title role, and he gives a magnificant performance as 'the innocent fool, enlightened by compassion'. Van Dam is brilliant as Amfortas. Nimsgern as Klingsor and Vejzovic as Kundry are wonderful (Vejzovic gives a particulary fantastic account of Kunsdry's manic laugh!). The Berlin Philharmoniker are on their usual top form in the orchestral playing and the Chor der Deutchen Oper are stunning in some of the most beautiful choral sections ever written for opera.
I listened to these CDs as if under some sort of spell cast by the music. Every section seemed to glow in beauty. From the exquisitly crafted and beautifully played prelude of Act I to the final chorus of Act III which seems to lift its sounds beyond earth and to heaven itself, this is an awe inspiring set. I listened to all 4 CDs in one sitting, unable to stop and not wanting to be deprived of the music.
Wagner's music in Parsifal is very spiritual. It was the last opera he wrote and listening to it you can here his thoughts and feel his emotions as he wrote this final encapsulating piece.
I urge, implore, and beseech whoever reads this review to buy this recording. It is truly a beautiful set. I am sorry to use the word beautiful so often, but it is really the only word which describes this music and this recording. Wonderful!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A view from the keyboard ..... 5 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
After six detailed reviews, there is little I can add to the wise (and not so wise) words already written about this release above, so I won't ! Instead, this is what the great pianist Sviatoslav Richter had to say about it:

"An exceptionally successful release from Karajan. Here he reveals some remarkable insights. Time itself seems to be conducting the music ... What grandeur Karajan is capable of achieving! It's enough for him to will it so. What humanity and depth! Thank you for this third act! This was the real Wagner." (from: Sviatoslav Richter: Notebooks and Conversations ).

Who am I to disagree ?! As for that Third Act, the aural recreation of the bells of Montsalvat, doom-laden and terrifying, echoing through the corridors and halls of Titurel's castle have to be heard to be believed. Remarkable.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Quite possibly ..." 11 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Quite possibly the greatest opera recording ever made. At least to my mind. I feel sorry for those men and women who think that the point of Parsifal is to ramp up the drama, when the truth of the matter is that Wagner has created something here quite extraordinary. He has created a spiritual journey that leads a path into our very own hearts and minds. As a well seasoned opera enthusiast I find no better interpretation for spiritual depth than Karajan. This guy seems to find a zen like calm, much like Amfortas's leafy glade which in this recording is both compelling and beautiful in equal measure. P.S - I'm still bemused by the plaudits DG Thielmann's Parsifal received. It was a hopeless, bland run through, just like Boulez, who for my money is quite possibly the worst Wagner conductor ever.
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