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Parsifal (Knappertsbusch, Bayreuth Festival Chorus&hellip ~ George London
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5.0 out of 5 stars Look no further......, 27 Aug 2013
Parsifal is, in my view, terribly difficult to bring off, and most conductors make a mess of it. It is such a mysterious, strange piece.

Any mis-step in interpretation can render it sounding, by turns, pretentious, saccharine, disjointed and even risible or barmy.

Kna is without peer in this work, and in my opinion his 1951 recording is the most successful and fully realised account of Parsifal. The mono sound is very good and you soon don't even notice the sound so transporting is the performance.

No one else can realise Parsifal like Kna, his readings are simply on another, far more exalted level from all other contenders.

I believe that this is… Read more
I Cant Lose With ~ Lester Williams
I Cant Lose With ~ Lester Williams
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Stuff, 10 July 2013
I can add little to the wonderfully informative review previously posted, but just wanted to add my 5 stars to encourage any waverers to get this album.

This sort of blues music is so life affirming- jazz inflected blue chords give the music a baleful elegance and big city sophistication, and this album contains beautifully warm recordings of Lester's mellow, soulful voice and archtop guitar, backed by a great band.
Wagner: The Goodall Ring Cycle [ENGLISH LANGUAGE] ~ Reginald Goodall
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not convinced....., 29 Jun 2013
The Goodall Ring appeared to command great reverence in the Gramophone magazine and on Radio 3 in the 1990s,and to do so on its own musical terms, notwithstanding the interest for an English speaker to hear the ring sung in their native language.

Therefore I have always been curious to hear the Goodall Ring but I had never had the chance to hear it until recently.

My Ring collection comprises the usual suspects, so I'm familiar with a fairly wide range of recordings and it has been my experience that all have much to give in their different ways- such is the depth and greatness of Wagner's masterwork, it seems inexhaustible, and I am hard pressed to find a Ring that… Read more

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