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February 04, 2013

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Eric Skelly

Well you're just having yourself quite the little Parsifalapalooza, aren't 'ya?!

Steve

Right you are, my friend. Do you have a favorite version?

Eric Skelly

I don't have a single favorite, oddly enough. I like the Knappertsbusch a lot...but I still really like the much-reviled Karajan (despite the difficult-to-listen-to Parsifal and Kundry), for the diaphonous sonic beauty of the orchestral sound, as well as Kurt Moll's Gurnemanz and Jose van Dam's Amfortas (best ever in my opinion). I'll be very interested to read your conclusions. I've not heard the Kubelik nor the Gergiev that you have listed above, both of which look promising on paper.

Eric Skelly

So are you doing a Parsifal recording round-up? And will you post it here? I don't want to miss it.

Steve

Truthfully I don't consider myself nearly expert enough to undertake a meaningful survey. With clear memories of the Robert Wilson/Christoph Eschenbach version at HGO, and, surprisingly, rather dimmer memories of the previous Met version, I've spent a couple of weeks soaking in the music before viewing the new Met production this coming Thursday. That said, I do need to go back to the Karajan for Moll and Van Dam, but I suspect it's the Kubelik I'll be reaching for most frequently when I just want to hear a sublime performance on disc.

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