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Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, December 2014

After reviewing some tediously obscure re-interpretations of the score over the last couple of years, this release of what appears to have been a previously unissued recording comes as a breath of fresh air. The final section of the score, with Elming singing and acting superbly, grips the viewer by the throat. © 2014 MusicWeb International



Andrew Quint
Fanfare, November 2014

The best vocal performance here comes courtesy of the American soprano Linda Watson, who effectively regulates her attempts to seduce Parsifal in Act II.

The video was mastered from a high-definition source and is actually pretty good. The surround sound option captures a sense of the unique Festspielhaus acoustic. The voices don’t have the artificial immediacy of many live opera productions these days, which is a good thing. In summary, this Blu-ray disc is a mandatory acquisition for Sinopoli’s many fans… © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review




Manuel Ribeiro
Pizzicato, September 2014

This production directed by Wolfgang Wagner is very traditional. It deeply respects the original meaning. Sinopoli is an excellent conductor giving the score everything it needs. The quality of the singing is mostly superb, and so this appealing DVD will certainly be serving as reference for a long time. © 2014 Pizzicato



José Luis Bermúdez
Classical Net, September 2014

This Blu-ray disc from C Major is both a fascinating historical document and a first-rate performance of Parsifal…From a musical point of view, there is powerful conducting and some very good individual singing…Overall this is a strong performance, and definitely one of the best available on Blu-ray.

Sinopoli’s conducting is commanding where it counts and he brings out many details of the score that remain buried in other performances. Each of the two transformation scenes is very effective. The Good Friday Music…flows naturally from the pacing of the act, rather than emerging as a set piece.

Wolfgang Wagner’s production is appealingly simple…Variation comes with the lighting, which is used to very good effect. In Act III the glowing grail casting a luminous red light on the costumes of the knights is particularly memorable.

There is one truly outstanding performance here—Falk Struckman’s Amfortas. Struckman captures Amfortas’s declining authority in Act I without making him seem decrepit and he certainly steals the show in Act III.

This performance is more than good…The Blu-ray picture is very impressive, as is the sound quality. This disc should be in every Parsifal enthusiast’s collection. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review



Robert Cummings
Classical Net, July 2014

…Sinopoli shapes the work thoughtfully and imaginatively and draws excellent performances from his singers. This 1998 Bayreuth production was justly praised at the time of its staging and when it was issued on DVD in 2011. This new Blu-ray issue should draw even more admirers of this fine production.

Highly recommended! © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review



Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, July 2014

Indeed for many viewers—including myself—in both its avoidance of extraneous and disruptive directorial ‘concepts’ and its faithfulness to what Wagner’s music is telling us, this might very well be the video representation of choice for Parsifal. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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