Wagner: Parsifal

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Wagner: Parsifal

Label:

Hallé

Catalogue No:

CDHLD7539

Discs:

4

Release date:

2nd June 2017

Barcode:

5065001341458

Length:

4 hours 18 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Wagner: Parsifal


Lars Cleveman (Parsifal), Katarina Dalayman (Kundry), Sir John Tomlinson (Gurnemanz), Detlef Roth (Amfortas), Tom Fox (Klingsor), Reinhard Hagen (Titurel), Robert Murray (First Knight), Andrew Greenan (Second Knight), Sarah Castle, Madeleine Shaw, Joshua Ellicott, Andrew Rees (Squires), Elizabeth Cragg, Anita Watson, Sarah Castle, Ana James, Anna Devin, Madeleine Shaw (Flower-Maidens), Madeleine Shaw (Voice from Above)

Hallé, Hallé Youth Choir, Royal Opera Chorus, Trinity Boys Choir, Sir Mark Elder

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Following their acclaimed previous Wagner opera releases, Hallé present the re-mastered recording of their 2013 Prom performance, recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall.

“Working with his orchestra, the Hallé, Sir Mark Elder produced an account of this miraculous score which, for a combination of passion and precision, surpassed any other that I have ever heard.”

Michael Tanner, The Spectator, 31 August 2013

Wagner’s last opera, Parsifal, which the composer declared to be his “farewell to the world” has been described as being in many ways the most “total” of all his “total art works”. His spiritual swansong unfurls as a slow-moving, ritualistic drama, and is arguably the best-suited of all his operas to the style of concert staging offered here.

Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, London at the 2013 BBC Proms, featuring dramatic spatial placing of off-stage choruses and musicians.

Audio re-mastered by Hallé’s award winning engineer Steve Portnoi: the original multitrack recordings of both rehearsals and concert were edited to eliminate audience noise whilst retaining the sense of place and the staged nature of the performance. The edited multitrack was then remixed to achieve a sound in keeping with Hallé label releases.

Richard Wagner: Parsifal, WWV 111

Act 1: Prelude

"He! Ho! Waldhüter ihr"

"Recht so! Habt Dank!"

"Nicht Dank!"

"O wundenwunder-voller heiliger Speer!"

"Titurel, der fromme Held"

"Die Wüste Schuf er sich zum Wonnegarten"

"Weh! Weh!"

"Wo bist du her?"

"Vom Bade kehrt der König heim"

Interlude

"Nun achte wohl, und lass mich sehn"

"Den sündigen Welten"

"Mein Sohn, Amfortas"

"Die Weihgefässes göttlicher Gehalt"

"Nehmet hin meinen Leib"

"Wein und Brot"

Interlude II

Was stehst du doch da?

Act 2: Prelude

"Die Zeit ist da"

"Ach! Ach!"

"Hier war das Tosen! Hier, hier!"

"Komm! Holder Knabe!"

"Parsifal!"

"Dies alles … hab' ich nun geträumt?"

"Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust"

"Wehe! Wehe!"

"Amfortas! Dei Wunde!"

"Gelobter Held!"

"Nun such ich ihn"

"Vergeh, unseliges Weib!"

Act 3: Prelude

"Von dorther kam das Stöhnen"

"Heil dir, mein Gast!"

"Erkennst du ihn?"

"Heil mir, dass ich dich wiederfinde!"

"O Herr. War es ein Fluch"

"Nicht so!"

"Du wuschest mir die Füsse"

"Wie dünkt mich doch die Aue heut so schön!"

"Du siehst, das ist nicht so"

"Mittag, die Stund' ist da"

"Geleiten wir in bergenden Schrein"

"Ja! Wehe!"

"Enthüllet den Gral!"

"Höchsten Heiles Wunder!"

The Guardian

31st May 2017

***

“[Dalayman's] portrayal conjures dramatic presence out of every phrase and can compare with the best of those already available on disc...Elder’s approach to the score is distinctly measured...but the sustained beauty of the Hallé’s playing and the perfect blending of the textures just about keeps it going.”

The Times

2nd June 2017

****

“a testament to Elder’s ability to draw the very best from an orchestra, and to traverse the huge peaks (and troughs) of Wagner’s scores with unerring skill...Yes his tempos are mostly slow, but the Hallé plays Wagner’s last opera with shimmering beauty...Dalayman’s Kundry is a class act, sensual and sensitively sung.”

BBC Music Magazine

July 2017

***

“The Hallé offers playing worthy of the orchestra’s long Wagner tradition. Elder’s very slow Prologue reminds us of his journeyman days under Reginald Goodall, leading into a luminous, measured performance with many beauties, notably the Grail scene, yet dramatic enough to animate Klingsor’s nervy strings”

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