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WAGNER, R.: Parsifal (Janowski)

WAGNER, R.: Parsifal (Janowski)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz


Artists:

Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra


Janowski, Marek


Christian Elsner

Soloist

Michelle DeYoung

Soloist

Franz-Josef Selig

Soloist

Lani Poulson

Soloist

Marek Janowski

Soloist

Ulrike Schneider

Soloist

Martina Ruping

Soloist

Michael Smallwood

Soloist

Clemens Bieber

Soloist

Dimitri Ivashchenko

Soloist

Eike Wilm Schulte

Soloist

Sophie Klussmann

Soloist

Timothy Fallon

Soloist

Tuomas Pursio

Soloist

Yevgeny Nikitin

Soloist

Julia Borchert

Soloist

Olivia Vermeulen

Soloist

Berlin Radio Chorus



Record Label
PentaTone

Genre:

Opera


Classical

Total Time - 226:32
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WAGNER, R.: Parsifal (Janowski)

     
 

RICHARD WAGNER

     


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Parsifal

 
1 Act I: Prelude 11:36
 Olivia Vermeulen Soloist
2 Act I: He! Ho! Waldhuter ihr (Gurnemanz, First knight) 4:52
 Christian Elsner Soloist
3 Act I: Seht dort, die wilde Reiterin (Squires, Knights, Kundry, Gurnemanz) 2:59
 Michelle DeYoung Soloist
4 Act I: Recht so! Habt Dank! Ein wenig Rast (Amfortas) - Gawan! Herr! Gawan weilte nicht (Amfortas, Second Knight, Gurnemanz) 6:28
 Christian Elsner Soloist
5 Act I: He! Du da! Was liegst du dort wie ein wildes Tier? (Squires, Gurnemanz, Kundry) 5:46
 Ulrike Schneider Soloist
6 Act I: O wunden-wundervoller heiliger Speer (Gurnemanz, Squires) 3:21
 Ulrike Schneider Soloist
7 Act I: Titurel, der fromme Held (Gurnemanz, Squires) 9:43
 Michelle DeYoung Soloist
8 Act I: Weh! - Hoho! - Auf - Wer ist der Frevler (Squires, Knights, Gurnemanz, Parsifal) 6:39
 Ulrike Schneider Soloist
9 Act I: Nun sag'! Nichts weisst du, was ich dich frage (Gurnemanz, Parsifal, Kundry) 6:40
 Ulrike Schneider Soloist
     
     


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1 Act I: Vom Bade kehrt der Konig heim (Gurnemanz, Parsifal) 1:44
 Michelle DeYoung Soloist
2 Act I: Verwandlungsmusik 2:39
 Eike Wilm Schulte Soloist
3 Act I: Nun achte wohl und lass mich seh'n (Gurnemanz) - Zum letzten Liebesmahle (Chorus) 6:24
 Eike Wilm Schulte Soloist
4 Act I: Mein Sohn Amfortas, bist du am Amt? (Titurel, Amfortas) 3:06
 Ulrike Schneider Soloist
5 Act I: Wehvolles Erbe, dem ich verfallen (Amfortas, Chorus) 6:35
 Michael Smallwood Soloist
6 Act I: Enthullet den Gral! (Titurel, Chorus) - Nehmet hin mein Blut (Chorus, Titurel) 7:01
 Ulrike Schneider Soloist
7 Act I: Wein und Brot des letzten Mahles (Chorus) 5:54
 Clemens Bieber Soloist
8 Act I: Departure of the Knights - Was stehst du noch da? (Gurnemanz, Voice from Above, Chorus) 5:09
 Olivia Vermeulen Soloist
     
     


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1 Act II: Prelude - Die Zeit ist da (Klingsor) 5:45
 Eike Wilm Schulte Soloist
2 Act II: Ach! Ach! Tiefe Nacht Wahnsinn! (Kundry, Klingsor) 7:10
 Dimitri Ivashchenko Soloist
3 Act II: Ho! Ihr Wachter! Ho! Ritter! (Klingsor) 3:19
 Christian Elsner Soloist
4 Act II: Hier war das Tosen! (Flower Maidens, Parsifal) 3:43
 Olivia Vermeulen Soloist
5 Act II: Komm, holder Knabe! (Flower Maidens, Parsifal) 4:51
 Marek Janowski Soloist
6 Act II: Parsifal! Weile! (Kundry, Parsifal, Flower Maidens) 2:47
 Sophie Klussmann Soloist
7 Act II: Dies alles hab' ich nun getraumt? (Parsifal, Kundry) 3:14
 Christian Elsner Soloist
8 Act II: Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust (Kundry) 4:58
 Dimitri Ivashchenko Soloist
9 Act II: Wehe! Was tat ich? Wo war ich? (Parsifal, Kundry) - Bekenntnis wird Schuld in Reue enden (Kundry) 5:08
 Marek Janowski Soloist
10 Act II: Amfortas! Die Wunde! (Parsifal, Kundry) 6:44
 Dimitri Ivashchenko Soloist
11 Act II: Grausamer! Fuhlst du im Herzen (Kundry, Parsifal) - Ich sah ihn (Kundry, Parsifal) - Nun such' ich ihn von Welt zu Welt (Kundry, Parsifal) 10:46
 Lani Poulson Soloist
12 Act II: Vergeh, unseliges Weib! (Parsifal, Kundry, Klingsor) 3:35
 Yevgeny Nikitin Soloist
     
     


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1 Act III: Prelude 4:24
 Dimitri Ivashchenko Soloist
2 Act III: Von dort her kam das Stohnen (Gurnemanz, Kundry) 7:58
 Olivia Vermeulen Soloist
3 Act III: Heil dir, mein Gast! (Gurnemanz) 6:13
 Yevgeny Nikitin Soloist
4 Act III: Heil mir, dass ich dich wiederfinde! (Parsifal, Gurnemanz) 1:12
 Franz-Josef Selig Soloist
5 Act III: Zu ihm, des tiefe Klagen (Parsifal, Gurnemanz) 2:03
 Julia Borchert Soloist
6 Act III: O Herr! War es ein Fluch (Gurnemanz) - Die heil'ge Speisung bleibt uns nun versagt (Gurnemanz, Parsifal) 5:59
 Sophie Klussmann Soloist
7 Act III: Nicht so! Die heil'ge Quelle selbst (Gurnemanz, Parsifal) 4:42
 Yevgeny Nikitin Soloist
8 Act III: Gesegnet sei, du Reiner, durch das Reine! (Gurnemanz, Parsifal) 4:42
 Tuomas Pursio Soloist
9 Act III: Wie dunkt mir doch die Aue heut so schon! (Parsifal, Gurnemanz) 2:33
 Ulrike Schneider Soloist
10 Act III: Du siehst, das ich nicht so (Gurnemanz, Parsifal) 6:02
 Martina Ruping Soloist
11 Act III: Mittag: Die Stund' ist da (Gurnemanz) - Verwandlungsmusik 4:12
 Ulrike Schneider Soloist
12 Act III: Geleiten wir im bergenden Schrein (Chorus) 3:31
 Ulrike Schneider Soloist
13 Act III: Ja, wehe! Weh' uber mich (Amfortas, Chorus) 6:42
 Ulrike Schneider Soloist
14 Act III: Nur eine Waffe taugt (Parsifal) 4:23
 Michael Smallwood Soloist
15 Act III: Hochsten Heiles Wunder! - Erlosung dem Erloser! 3:20
 Timothy Fallon Soloist
 Janowski, Marek


Background 
The mountain Monsalvat (mons salvatoris) in Northern Spain. The Castle of the Holy Grail is located on the side facing the Gothic-Christian north. It was built by the knight Titurel in order to house two of the holiest relics of Christendom: the Holy Grail and the spear. The crystal chalice from the Last Supper and the lance of the Roman Longinus had been entrusted to him by angels. Jesus had drunk from the cup with his disciples before being crucified. His side had been pierced with the spear to ensure that he was dead, and the subsequent flow of blood had been caught by the disciples in the chalice. Titurel had gathered around him a band of loyal followers in order to fight against the lack of faith existing in the world. They derived their vitality from the regular ritual of unveiling the Grail. The only condition laid down for admittance into the Brotherhood of the Grail was that of unconditional and voluntary chastity. 
On the other side of the mountain, towards the Arab/Jewish/pagan south, Klingsor rules in his magic castle, which includes a magic garden. Klingsor is a "fallen angel" who had also sought to become a knight: even as a precaution castrating himself, in order to avoid the temptation of the flesh. However, he had been rejected by Titurel for lack of strength of character. After being so scorned, Klingsor has lost his faith and succumbed to magic. Nevertheless, he seeks the sanctuary of the puritanical Grail knights. For the sole purpose of seduction, he keeps a harem of delightful, magical maidens. But his strongest weapon is Kundry. As he knows her history, Klingsor has Kundry in his power: she had mocked the Saviour on the cross and as a punishment must atone for this eternally, alternately acting as a serving wench for the Grail knights, or as a seductive whore at Klingsor’s castle. Death as a release would come to her only from the man able to withstand her charms. Sleep forms the transition between Kundry’s double existence.
In the meantime, Titurel has grown old and abdicated in favour of his son Amfortas. Determined, the young man takes the sacred spear from the altar and sets off to put an end to the lurking danger of Klingsor and his girls. But Amfortas is no match for Kundry’s charms. While in the throes of love, he drops the sacred weapon. Klingsor grabs it and wounds him in the same place where Jesus was once wounded (however, in Wagner’s original version, the wound was lower, namely, where Klingsor had previously injured himself). Having lost the spear and now fatally wounded, Amfortas returns to the Grail knights as a broken man. Henceforth, the life-giving ritual of the Grail causes him untold emotional and physical pain.

                      Winner of Technical Excellence in Recording

BBC Music magazine Awards 2013


"...no one buying the recording will regret it, and it makes for a fine third edition in the new Wagner series."  ****½

Steven Ritter - Audiophile Audition - 20 July 2012

 


                       ***  Good   **** (Sound) Exceptional

Pierre Flinois - Classica magazine - June 2012


                     Recording of the Month

        Performance *****                Recording *****

"...Christian Elsner is a wonderfully sensitive and expressive Parsifal, and his long scene with the Kundry of Michelle DeYoung is the pivot of the drama, as it needs to be but seldom is. But the strongest performance of all is the Amfortas ... of Evgeny Nikitin, a Russian who can sing German idiomatically, and who realises all the torment, physical as a well as spiritual, in this trickiest of roles. The various choruses are excellent ... the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra manages to get all of the subtle details of the score across ... The recorded sound is sensational, so realistic as to be almost alarming. If Janowski’s planned cycle, of which this is the third installment, contiues like this. it will unquestionably be the finest modern traversal on disc of Wagner’s achievement."

Marek Janowski - BBC Music magazine - June 2012




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