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David Gutman
Gramophone, December 2012

In the year Daniel Barenboim himself devoted to Beethoven it was the long-awaited DVD release of his Berlin Staatsoper Parsifal that topped my personal hit list. Harry Kupfer’s production (1992) is unobtrusively futuristic and, with Barenboim conducting as well as he ever has, this is currently the best modern recording in any format. John Tomlinson’s Gurnemanz and Waltraud Meier’s Kundry look young and sound glorious. © 2012 Gramophone



Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, September 2012

Waltraud Meier (Kundry) and Poul Elming (Parsifal) are marvelous, particularly the former, who emits some impressive sounds in her act II duet. Despite the granitic pace of the opera, Barenboim keeps everything moving extremely well and draws some impressive and expressive playing from the orchestra.

An interesting production…If you like Parsifal, this one will surely be on your to-get list. If you’ve never seen the opera, it is certainly a thoughtful and impressive production to judge it by. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review




Robert Levine
ClassicsToday.com, June 2012

…[the interpretation is] pretty riveting, due mainly to the commitment of the cast to character and to superb singing and playing.

Poul Elming, a strapping Danish baritone-turned-tenor, is remarkable in the title role, his concentration and reactions on a par with Vickers and the voice in pristine shape. Waltraud Meier remains the Kundry of our time, and this, her third DVD, is her best. The voice is at its freshest, she looks gorgeous, and her mood-swings in Act 2 are terrifying. This act is filled with creepy action, with the two principals in a life-changing, emotional tug-of-war, and Meier doesn’t miss a trick, from cajoling to weeping to self-loathing to cruel seduction.

Equally fine is the understated performance of John Tomlinson as Gurnemanz…His is a magnetic portrayal, all too human and understanding, caring about details, offering his narratives with feeling and concern.

Picture and sound are superb; subtitles are in English, German, French, and Chinese. Magnificent! © 2012 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, May 2012

Lighting is terrific, and the huge on-stage blocks, walls and patterns move with nobility and effect (and no cranking sounds as heard in the new Met Ring). Musically, this performance could hardly be bettered. The entire cast is outstanding, particularly Waltraud Meier’s Kundry, and Daniel Barenboim’s Wagner is powerful…Video is remarkably clear, and the stereo sound well-balanced, full and satisfying. © 2012 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review






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