Parsifal-2

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 II- Vorspiel
01:59
2.
ACT II- Die Zeit ist da. - Schon lockt mein Zauberschloss den Toren
03:40
3.
ACT II- Ach! - Ach! Tiefe Nacht!
10:40
4.
ACT II- Hier war das Tosen! Hier, hier!
04:05
5.
ACT II- Komm, komm, holder Knabe!
04:59
6.
ACT II- Parsifal! - Weile!
02:46
7.
ACT II- Dies alles hab ich nun getraumt?
08:46
8.
ACT II- Wehe! Wehe! Was tat ich? Wo war ich?
04:24
9.
ACT II- Amfortas! - Die Wunde! - Die Wunde!
08:28
10.
ACT II- Grausamer! F?hlst du im Herzen nur andrer Schmerzen
12:11
11.
ACT II- Vergeh, unseliges Weib!
04:01
12.
ACT III- Vorspiel
05:10
13.
ACT III- Von dorther kam das Stohnen
07:55
14.
ACT III- Heil dir, mein Gast!
06:34
15.
ACT III- Heil mir, da_ ich dich wiederfinde!
04:21
16.
ACT III- O Herr! War es ein Fluch
07:07
17.
ACT III- Nicht so! - Die heilige Quelle selbst erquicke unsres Pilgers Bad
04:00
18.
ACT III- Gesegnet sei, du Reiner, durch das Reine!...
05:00
19.
ACT III- Wie dunkt mich doch die Aue heut so schon!
02:45
20.
ACT III- Du siehst, das ist nicht so
06:36
21.
ACT III- Mittag. - Die Stund ist da
04:16
22.
ACT III- Geleiten wir im bergenden Schrein den Gral zum heiligen Amte
04:02
23.
ACT III- Ja, Wehe! Wehe! Wehuber mich!
06:51
24.
ACT III- Nur eine Waffe taugt
05:08
25.
ACT III- Hochsten heiles Wunder!
03:57

Total time: 02:19:41

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Original Recording Format

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Producer

Gerard Westerdaal

Recording Engineer

Gert Altena

Recording location

Operahouse Amsterdam Holland

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Pyramix

SKU

CC72519-2

Release Date September 9, 2014
SKU CC72519-2

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