Parsifal-1

Netherlands Radio Choir, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

Philosopher Ernst Bloch once referred to the ‘Bühnenweihfestspiel’ or consecrational stage festival Parsifal as ‘a metaphysical adagio’. In these few words he summed up the story line and the musical purport of Wagner’s last opera – that is, if such a thing is at all possible in his operas, because as a composer Wagner was never at a loss for words when it came to bandying about statements artistic and non-artistic about the world in general and the universe in particular. Wagner’s musical theatre revolves around fundamental questions of human existence. Tristan und Isolde is about an all-consuming love, but also about the implications of the longing for love and the death wish. The work is about defining an identity through love and the loss of that identity through that same love. Der Ring des Nibelungen is about the incompatibility of love and the pursuit of power; it is also an in-depth exploration of the question of whether man has a free will, and it is about the eternal cycle of destruction and renewal which holds mankind captive on this earth. Parsifal is about all of the above and much, much more. Wagner himself defined the theme of his swan song as ‘Das gro.e Leid des Lebens’, the great suffering of life.
Everything he still wanted to say at the end of his life about life, love, sex, psychology, politics, society, nature, art, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and anti-Semitism was mixed together in a grail chalice (poisonous, according to some) to form a ‘metaphysical adagio’ of four hours of consecrational musical drama. Consecrational in the literal meaning of the word. Wagner’s own name for the genre, ‘Bu?hnenweihfestspiel’ means a consecrational stage festival. The plot of Parsifal refers implicitly and explicitly to Christianity and religious rites. Indeed, it was one of Wagner’s many ambitions to replace European Christianity by his own ritual art.

Tracklist

1.
ACT I- Vorspiel
12:24
2.
ACT I- He! Ho! Waldhuter ihr
08:24
3.
ACT I- Recht so! - Habt Dank! - Ein wenig Rast
05:52
4.
ACT I- Nicht Dank! - Haha! Was wird es helfen?
07:57
5.
ACT I- O wunden-wundervoller heiliger Speer!
03:44
6.
ACT I- Titurel, der fromme Held, der kannt?ihn wohl
10:54
7.
ACT I- Weh! Weh!... Wer ist der Frevler?
07:03
8.
ACT I- Nun sag! Nichts weisst du, was ich dich frage
07:01
9.
ACT I- Vom Bade kehrt der Konig heim
02:04
10.
ACT I- Verwandlungsmusik
03:45
11.
ACT I- Nun achte wohl und lass mich sehn
07:09
12.
ACT I- Mein Sohn Amfortas, bist du am Amt?
11:01
13.
ACT I- Enthullet den Gral!
07:39
14.
ACT I- Wein und Brot des letzten Mahles
11:15

Total time: 01:46:12

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Original Recording Format

Digital Converters

DCS AD/DA

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Producer

Gerard Westerdaal

Recording Engineer

Gert Altena

Recording location

Operahuis Amsterdam Holland

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Pyramix

SKU

CC72519-1

Release Date September 9, 2014
SKU CC72519-1

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