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4.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable Parsifal from Bayreuth, 17 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Wagner: Parsifal [Falk Struckmann, Matthais Hölle, Hans Sotin, Poul Elming] [Blu-ray] [2014] (Blu-ray)
HD technology warrants a re-release of this 1998 Bayreuth Parsifal. It demonstrates the format's superiority over DVD, both in fitting this longish opera onto a single disc, and by making it visible again in High Definition picture quality. Wolfgang Wagner's production and design are traditional and unchallenging. The grail kingdom in Acts 1 and 3 is suggested by a set of enormous crystalline columns. They rotate to form a stepped background for the grail temple. The stage is kept fairly bare. The stage settings and subdued stage lighting do not lend themselves especially well to film presentation. Close-ups are reproduced with the expected sharpness of focus but details are inevitably lost when a darkly lit production using the full dimensions of the opera stage is viewed even on a 'reference' television screen.

The quality of the singing is splendid. I imagine that the acts were filmed on separate days, to great advantage where the singers' stamina is concerned. Hans Sotin is a compassionate Gurnemanz, Linda Watson, caught in her prime, a fascinatingly troubled Kundry and Poul Elming an appropriately naive Parsifal, with a richly nuanced approach to both acting and singing, ideally suited to the role and avoiding the woodenness that afflicts so many Wagner tenors. The long dialogue scene between Kundry and Parsifal is done with outstanding musical and dramatic conviction. Falck Struckmann as Amfortas is projecting his burden of pain, both in his body language and in the tone of his voice. He is just brilliant. Sinopoli brings a new freshness to the music and this is an intensely moving account of a supreme masterpiece of musical theatre. Given the date, the sound quality is fine.
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5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Traditional, 25 Dec 2013
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Performed in Bayreuth, the sacred place where Wagner intended this music drama to be staged it features a very Nordic looking Parsifal played by Poul Elming.
How refreshing to enjoy the spectacle of a traditional performance. However we should not be surprised about this as the Stage Director and Set Designer is Wolfgang Wagner who unlike his brother Wieland understood the necessity to be faithful to the intended interpretation and portrayal of this 13th and last music drama.
Too often we have witnessed since the days of Wieland the de-germanification of the Master`s works and this is nothing other than a betrayal of both the Master himself and Aryan culture.
Linda Watson as Kundry was simply magnificent!
This production captures the true essence of the drama and the set design is both traditional in spirit but innovative in technical design. Without any hesitation I would recommend this particular production to all true Wagnerians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 31 Oct 2014
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Andres Santos Jr. "Andres Jr" (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wagner: Parsifal [Falk Struckmann, Matthais Hölle, Hans Sotin, Poul Elming] [Blu-ray] [2014] (Blu-ray)
great job!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 July 2014
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Alles OK. Danke
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