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An ASTOUNDING bargain.,
This review is from: Wagner: Parsifal (Audio CD)
This is the famous Knappertsbusch (COMPLETE!)Recording from 1951,selling on this Quadromania label for about £1 per disc. It is of course in mono and 1951 sound, but the transfer seems excellent, with plently of both treble and bass. I paid about £5.99 for my copy and I am astonished to find it retailing for even less! The one drawback is that it has no sleeve notes or libretto - just a track listing, but if you already own another performance of Parsifal with a libretto and are keen to explore this legendary recording of the work, look no further.
This recording had the best Parsifal cast in the discography: Windgassen as Parsifal, Marthe Moedl as Kundry, George London as Amfortas and Ludwig Weber as Gurnemanz. I own six recordings of Parsifal including this one and apart from the Goodall, this is the one I go back to the most. The tempi are very broad, but the performance never flags. Rather, in the hands of Knappertsbusch - who made Parsifal his own over the decade or so during which he conducted it at Bayreuth - the slow tempi bring a kind of religious transcendalism to the work and a unique organic unity all his own. Yes, this recording (and at this remarkable price!) is an absolute 'must have' for any lover of Parsifal.
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Initial post: 27 Mar 2008 22:24:15 GMT
P. S. Wilson says:
I entirely agree; this is an outstanding bargain. It would be a sin not to buy it at this ridiculous price!
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