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    Question Wagner on DVD....Parsifal

    Here we are at Wagner's final music drama.

    What's your DVD choice for this otherworldly work?
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    No real favourite on DVD, wish Solti's recording was recorded for DVD.
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    New MET production is visually bold modern staging with attention paid to deeper running themes of the work, the dynamic changing sky is cool, "there will be blood" at Klingsor's castle/garden setting but does the later barren desert/wasteland landscape serve its purpose as visual reference for good friday or grail scence?

    Cast is about as good as can be assembled today with Kaufmann, Pape, Mattei....

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    I second the choice above, for pretty much the same reasons. Love the singing of those three men.
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    Bayreuth 2012 and 2016 and Covent Garden 2013. Visually provocative but fascinating nonetheless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    Bayreuth 2012 and 2016 and Covent Garden 2013. Visually provocative but fascinating nonetheless.
    I *really* wish the video of Stefan Herheim's acclaimed 2008 Bayreuth production was released on DVD. Talk about provocative but fascinating!
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    I vote for the blu-ray release from Staatskapelle Berlin which may have an even more impressive collection of Wagnerians than DA's Met release. Conducted by Barenboim with Pape, Schager, Kampe, Koch, Tomasson, & Hölle. Some innovative ideas with the staging as well :-)

    Here's a review of it in the house, but with Meier (even better!) as Kundry: http://seenandheard-international.co...al/#more-62025
    Last edited by Bonetan; Feb-20-2018 at 20:09.

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    My pick would probably be the Herheim from Bayreuth if that were available.

    Barring that I'm torn between Girard/Gatti at the Met and Tcherniakov/Barenboim from Berlin. I might lean towards the former, but perhaps that is because I saw it in the house. I'm real interests to see what I think of the layer after I see it.

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    Buying this because........
    Live audience.
    Good singers.
    Beautiful, traditional production.
    No blood everywhere
    Last edited by Itullian; Feb-25-2018 at 02:56.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amfortas View Post
    I *really* wish the video of Stefan Herheim's acclaimed 2008 Bayreuth production was released on DVD. Talk about provocative but fascinating!
    Were they not still doing this production in 2012 because I'm pretty sure that is available on DVD? Herheim was still the director until then then they had a three year hiatus until the new production in 2016.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    Were they not still doing this production in 2012 because I'm pretty sure that is available on DVD? Herheim was still the director until then then they had a three year hiatus until the new production in 2016.
    They made a video of the production; it was up on YouTube for a while. And they announced the DVD was forthcoming. Then contractual difficulties scuttled all that; now we may never see a release.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amfortas View Post
    They made a video of the production; it was up on YouTube for a while. And they announced the DVD was forthcoming. Then contractual difficulties scuttled all that; now we may never see a release.
    Ah, that's what I was remembering. I think a friend has a rip of that. I must get in touch with him!
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    The 2016 Barenboim is on my wish-list though for sure.
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    I'd like to write a dense review of two 2013 filmed Parsifals I watched: Thielemann Salzburg and Pappano Covent Garden. None of them are traditional but I'd like all of you to discuss the concepts they bring out and how tolerant could you be with them.

    So far, I was able to check out the timings of each one, and I found that it was very important for the enjoyment of the music and singing:

    Parsifal


    Thielemann SKD


    Pappano ROH CG
    Act I
    93m35s
    109m36s
    Act II
    66m19s
    69m19s
    Act III
    70m17s
    78m20s
    Total
    3h50m41s
    4h17m13s

    Musically, I just dare to say that Warner Classics finally owns a top quality stereo Parsifal in their catalogue. It never felt slow, and I didn't recognise the dull Troyens orchestra in this performance. It's like they weren't the same.

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