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Finally on DVD, the 1998 production of Wagner’s Parsifal from the Bayreuth Festival. in mystically poetic staging that exerts an unbroken fascination not least as a result of its expressive lighting effects.
Conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli and directed by Wagner’s Grandson Wolfgang Wagner.
The four main roles are taken by Poul Elming, Linda Watson, Falk Struckmann and Hans Sotin – one of the strongest line-ups in Bayreuth’s more recent history.
First DVD release of this 1998 production.
Running Time 268 minutes
Picture 16:9, colour
Sound PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles German (original language), English, French, Spanish
Packaging NTSC: Amaray 2 DVD
Booklet English, German, French
“impressively atmospheric and gorgeously played”
Awards Issue 2011
“the fact that Wolfgang Wagner's production and design are characteristically traditional and unchallenging might actually be a plus-point for many...The long dialogue scene between Kundry and Parsifal is done with outstanding musical and dramatic conviction...Struckmann, Elming and the veteran Hans Sotin are all at their vocal best, while Sinopoli responds to the simplicity of the staging by letting the music speak with maximum expressiveness.”
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