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4.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite music., 2 July 2012
This review is from: Parsifal: Metropolitan Opera (Levine) [DVD] [2002] [NTSC] (DVD)
Now, you would think as I have only given this 4-stars that I don't think this is excellent, but you'd be wrong. I just think the rather pedestrian conducting (which slows the pace a little too much), coupled with the static production (especially Act I), just removes this from perfection.
It is gorgeoulsy sung, but Amfortas is better served elsewhere (Baden Baden), but that may be a fault of the production. Also, Klinsors kingdom didn't overwhelm me with malevolence as it should.
Siegfried Jerusalem makes a fine Parsifal, but I suspect if this had been captured a few years earlier, then he would be fresher of voice. Waltraud Meier is a wonderful Kundry, but vocally I prefer Jesse Norman, who also sang in this production, but it wasn't televised. I have a Matinee recording of it and hopefully one day the Met will make it available in its historic broadcast series.
For all that I have said, I do think this is an excellent recording and well worth having in your collection - but the version from Baden-Baden is far superior and I dream that one day they'll release a Bluray of the 2005 Vienna recording with Domingo and Meier, which is to die for and is currently out on CD (DG 00289-477-6006).
As a final after thought, I can't get out of mind the production which opens at the Met in February 2013 (which I am desperately trying to get tickets for) with Jonas Kaufmann as Parsifal and Rene Pape as Gurnemanz. Now, that will definately be out on Bluray and I await it eagerly.
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