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Wagner: Parsifal Box set

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  • Performer: Warren Ellsworth, Phillip Joll, Sir Donald McIntyre, Waltraud Meier
  • Orchestra: Welsh National Opera Chorus, Welsh National Opera Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Reginald Goodall
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (25 Sept. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000024ZI5
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prelude
2. He! Ho! Waldhuter Ihr
3. Seht Dort, Die Wilde Reiterin
4. Recht So! Habt Dank! Ein Wenig Rast
5. He, Du Da! Was Liegst Du Dort Wie Ein Wildes Tier?
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Disc: 2
1. Vom Bade Kehrt Der konig Heim
2. Verwandlungsmusik
3. Nun Achte Wohl, Und LaB Mich Seh'n
4. Mein Sohn Amfortas, Bist Du Am Amt?
5. Nein! LaBt Ihn Unenthullt!
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Disc: 3
1. Hier War Das Tosen!
2. Ihr Schonen Kinder
3. Komm, Komm, Holder Knabe!
4. Parsifal! Weile!
5. Dies Alles - Hab Ich Nun Getraumt?
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Disc: 4
1. ...In Dustrem Waffenschmucke?
2. Erkennst Du Ihn?
3. Heil Mir, DaB Ich Dich Wiederfinde!
4. O Gnade! Hochstes Heil!
5. Die Heil'ge Quelle Selbst
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Batten on 14 Nov. 2005
Not so long ago, I reviewed Kubelik's Parsifal and gave it five stars. I still think Kubelik's is one of the best Parsifals in the discography but personally, I prefer the Goodall by a whisker.
What drew me to the Goodall originally were reports of its slow tempi. Rather than putting me off, this actually encouraged me to buy it, as I have been finding myself increasingly drawn back of late to the 1951 Knappertsbusch recording, with its very slow
tempi. Goodall's tempi are even slower - a minute slower in the first Act, some fifteen minutes slower in the second and six minutes slower in the third, which makes it the slowest Parsifal in the discography and indeed in history. But it never drags.
Goodall is able to achieve a kind of horizontal clarity from the orchestra which I have never heard in any other performance and every nuance and detail of the orchestration is revealed and dwelt upon lovingly without in any way compromising ghe conductor's overarching grasp of the structure of the work.
But this is not just a 1951 Knappertsbusch in superior sound.
Knappertsbusch was renowned for bringing his own pious, 'Christian' feel to the work. Goodall brings what I can only describe as an Arthurian feel, emphasing the mystical qualities of the drama so that, for instance the religious music of Act one sounds like a solemn rite actually enacted in the Arthurian era of legend, rather than (as in Knappertsbusch)a beautiful religious ceremony pertaining to a more modern era. It is this Arthurian feel - I can't put it any other way - which sets this Parsifal apart from all the rest and which in my opinion elevates it above them.
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By John rendell Gunton on 11 July 2014
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Wonderful. Saw it live once by the WNO.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Who can deny sex to this Kundry? 15 Feb. 2003
By Guntram - Published on Amazon.com
This recording is not well-known perhaps it was registered
in 1984 and there are lots of Parsifal on CD currently.I
have many of that due to Parsifal is my predilection among
Wagner's operas.Goodall was an engaged wagnerian studious.
His approach underlines the more dense,occult both musical
and philosophical aspects in the score.The well prepared
cast surprises me,mainly Warren Ellsworth whose I never
heard before.He has a strong,piercing tenor voice allied to
a singular emission that shift itself in a dark barytonal
timbre,like a more shady Franco Corelli.It is interesting
because sometimes Amfortas(pshicho-counterpoint to Parsifal)
and the protagonist share the same depths.Waltraud Meier was
a Super-Kundry at that time.She mantains high notes at
maximum(except in "und...Lachte!..." top C,act II).In case you are
a Meier fan,hurry yourself to buy this CD:she "eletrocutates"
the listener.Who can deny sex to her Kundry,excepting
Parsifal?Some weakness here is brass section in the orchestra
(lack a first class principal trumpet) but somehow it didn't
pull down merits of the ensemble(audible harps,efficient
strings).I spent many years hearing distincts Parsifals
(Melchior,Hoffman,Domingo,Jerusalem,...}but I believe that
a so special character asks to a more unusual performer both
voice,dramatical,musical,...I found the ideal Parsifal here
and I woul like to confess:many portions of this music by
others directors makes similar to a plastic chicken after
I listen to this recording.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic performance 20 Nov. 2007
By KC - Published on Amazon.com
I love this set. It is a wonderful performance. Goodall as usual is focused and dedicated to maintaining Wagner's score markings. It is a solemn and spiritual rendering of this sublime opera. Meier is utterly amazing. She hits those high notes with lazer like precision and knocks ones socks off. I wonder why this set isn't better known. The performers are first class. I prefer this performance to Karajans. The Parsifal is far more secure.

Buy it you won't be disappointed. It is four hours and forty five minutes of bliss.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Superb, Obviously Under-rated Parsifal- Goodall Brings it All Together. 27 April 2014
By Cort Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
I'm at a loss as to why this Parsifal is not better known. In honor of the Centenary or Wagners birth I picked up four complete Wagner box sets. I found Levine's Parsifal, despite some beautiful spots turgid and not particularly well recorded. Solti's Parsifal was very good but he doesn't shine like he does with the Ring and other recordings, Knapperbusch's was a great Parsifal but of course it's an older recording.

Goodall really brought it all together - the singing - the leads are all excellent - his ability to shine a light on details that I didn't know were there, the pacing is exquisite - the recording is wonderful; this to my surprise is my favorite Parsifal. I look forward to checking out more Goodall in the future.
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