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Up to its job, and will enhance your enjoyment of Wagner's masterpiece.,
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This review is from: Parsifal: Libretto (Paperback)
This review is of the complete libretto for Wagner's Opera Parsifal published by G. Schirmer. I assume it is part of a series of libretti. It's not about the Eulenberg score, or the ENO libretto, which though excellent, were part of excellent series of their kind of thing, but they are not what I purchased. Amazon in their wisdom seem to have posted this review against all three. So hopefully this gives readers a signal as to what my review is about.
The libretto, comes in a booklet form about the size of a theatre program with a red cover. On one page is Wagner's original text in German. On the facing page a translation by Stewart Robb which is lucid, and easy to match with Wagner's words. Ideal for getting to know the libretto. Alternatively, ideal for following some recordings which have not reproduced the text, e.g. at time of writing Barenboim's recording of Parsifal. The print quality is good, as is the paper, though perhaps a little big to stand on a standard bookshelf. A slightly smaller size would gave made it more portable, and easily stored, hence four stars rather than five. But all in all up to its job and this will enhance your enjoyment of the opera.
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Initial post: 28 Jun 2014 09:01:19 BDT
Not sure which book you're reviewing here, but it's neither the one illustrated at the top of this page (Eulenburg's critical edition of the full score) nor the Alma Classics/English National Opera guide edited by Gazza Kahn, which uses Lionel Salter's translation of the libretto, not Stewart Robb's.
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2014 14:29:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jun 2014 14:38:52 BDT
Graham Mummery says:
Thank you.The one I'm reviewing is the Schirmer Opera Libretto in German and English, which I did get from the page I put the review on.
Thanks I'll amend the review, see if that provokes a change from Amazon. Hopefully that will clarify things for every one.
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