When he records parsifal in studio, in 1972three years after pierre boulez sir georg solti still possesses all of his vocal glories from his youth. Boulez s fast tempos have been much criticized over the years as have the correspondingly slow speeds of james levine in his 1985 philips bayreuth recording, 288, occupying an ample 278 minutes. Parsifal, the mariinsky labels first recording of a wagner opera, features an exceptional international cast led by rene pape, gary lehman and violeta urmana wagner described his final complete opera as a festival play for the consecration of the stage and the work has always sparked controversy, mixing moral and religious themes with music of irresistible sumptuousness. The controversy started immediately after the official announcement by festspielchef wolfgang wagner that the 2004 bayreuth festival would open with a new production of parsifal directed by germanys enfantterrible, christoph schlingensief 19602010. Richard wagner wagner parsifal pierre boulez bayreuth70.
Wieland, wagner s grandson achieved a new look of the operas that would influencedirectors and designers for decades. Wagner, richard classical, hans knappertsbusch, bayreuth. Parsifal was the only opera production that was played at the festival in 1882. I own about a dozen complete parsifal recordings and only one of them fits on 3 cds, boulez at bayreuth, as does this kegel performance. Classical music reference recording 123,337 views 4. Invidious comparisons aside, id recommend this set to anyone who thinks parsifal is one of the greatest symphonic operas ever music drama, if you prefer. It was his last completed opera, and in composing it he took. Parsifal, wwv 111, is an musical drama in three acts composed and written by richard wagner between the years 1857 and 1882. Those 1951 performances were beautifully recorded by john culshaw and kenneth wilkinson for decca and issued on a legendary mono lp set that for years was the only complete parsifal. Pierre boulez 1925 2016 pierre boulez at the bayreuth festival. A recording in good mono sound from a performance in which boulez takes rather.
Classical music reference recording 124,025 views 4. The essential difference with all his prior works is the fact that there is no love in parsifal. Wagner parsifal boulez 3 cds download jetzt kaufen. You should also own knappertsbuschs bayreuth performances of 1951 and 1962, the latter being the best performance available on cd, but barenboim is a shadowy second. At the end of each line you find more information about the music of that specific performer. All the characters live in a loveless universe in which only the urge to reproduce desire, lust remains. Parsifal wwv 111 is an opera in three acts by german composer richard wagner. Development of the work took 25 years, and it became wagner s last completed opera.
The majority require 4 cds, including the most highly praised performances, knappertsbusch at bayreuth in 1951 and 1962, karajan in the studio, kubelik, solti, as well as what are usually considered second. The same year it was premiered in the reopening of the bayreuth festival. My main goal was to get rid of the socalled tradition my main goal was to get rid of the socalled tradition, which for me is unbearable. Parsifal is an opera that should have a feeling of existing in suspended animation, however, boulezs brisk tempi give a naturalism and almost conversational. Wagner described his final complete opera as a festival play for the consecration of the stage and the work has always sparked controversy, mixing moral and religious themes with music of irresistible sumptuousness. Jean cox, in my opinion, never got the recognition that he deserved in the heldentenor roles. After the majestic recording of ring, decca gathers around him an exceptional areopagus.
But perhaps most surprisingly, the best thing about this ring is the singing, or, rather, the. Parsifal is an opera that should have a feeling of existing in suspended animation, however, boulez s brisk tempi give a naturalism and almost conversational rhythm to the vocal lines as well as capturing the youthful energy of the title character. Hegel, schopenhauer, history and grace in parsifal core. Recorded at the bayreuth festival in 1970, this remains one of the finest modern performances of wagner s parsifal available today. Boulez refuses to wallow, but theres no lack of depth or profundity. The cultural and political right braced themselves for the inevitability that wagner s most sacred and protected work was going to be trashed. For example 602 m128 means that this performer offers a mp3 file of 128kbps that takes 6. Thomas stewart, franz crass, gwyneth jones, james king, richard wagner, pierre boulez, bayreuth festival chorusorchestra wagner. In 1966, it was the musical equivalent of sending men to mars.
It was premiered at the second bayreuth festival, in 1882. A discography of complete recordings of wagners parsifal. Although wagner s answer to this remains to be seen for the time being, one thing is. Out of context, boulez s tempos may well seem provocatively antiwagnerian. Parsifal 19680727 boulez bayreuth wagner discography. For diehard wagner lovers such as me it is a must have and i commend it as such.
Wieland wagners strippeddown, minimalist bayreuth festival staging of his grandfathers parsifal finally met its aural equivalent when pierre boulez first. Discography of complete and nearcomplete recordings of wagners opera parsifal. Boulez bayreuther festspiele, 2004 youtube mozart requiem sir colin davis 2004 multisubs duration. Pierre boulez agreed to conduct parsifal, richard wagner s last and most controversial opera, at bayreuth, the composers own theatre. King, james, king, james, richard wagner, pierre boulez. Classical music reference recording 121,632 views 4.
Parsifal cd the 1951 wieland wagner hans knappertsbusch parsifal with his incredible production the bayreuth festival rose like a phoenix out of the ashes of world war ii. Parsifal, the mariinsky labels first recording of a wagner opera, features an exceptional international cast led by rene pape, gary lehman and violeta urmana. Pierre boulez agreed to conduct parsifal, richard wagner s last and most controversial opera, at. Click on the button to go to the page where you can download the music. In its first summer there parsifal was performed 16 times july 26 through august 29. Because knappertsbusch had learned his wagner from hans richter and he had learned his from the master. Wagner s music doesnt have to be murky to be metaphysical or massive to be overwhelmingly moving and boulez gets playing from the toooften turgid bayreuth festival orchestra that makes the music crackle and blaze with musical and dramatic meaning. Though a little shy on warmth, conductor pierre boulez s judicious tempo choices combined with his uncanny understanding of the subtleties of wagner s sonic fabric and their effect on the operas overall design are remarkably captivating. Wagner parsifal, wwv 111 download free sheet music. A fabulous, luminous recording of wagners final opera. Parsifal 20040725 boulez bayreuth wagner discography. Hans knappertsbusch was as closely associated with wagner, and especially parsifal, as sir adrian boult was with the planets and the symphonies of vaughn williams, as sir. Classical music reference recording 118,510 views 4.338 310 119 1118 1214 644 1179 112 203 671 107 1422 369 1345 794 1250 1123 416 1526 299 897 1210 1257 60 167 1466 1448 998 274 190 272 813 57 15 800 1048 454 1418 639 1405