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Wagner: Parsifal / Decker, Hölle, Schöne, Soffel

Wagner / Decker / Holle / Schone / Soffel
Release Date: 11/28/2006 
Label:  Dynamic   Catalog #: 33497  
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Iorio ZennaroUlrich DünnebachMikolaj ZalasinskiMatthias Hölle,   ... 
Conductor:  Gabor Otvos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice OrchestraVenice Teatro la Fenice Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Richard Decker, tenor
Matthias Hölle, bass
Wolfgang Schöne, baritone
Doris Soffel, soprano
Mikolaj Zalasinski, baritone
Ulrich Dünnebach, bass
Iorio Zennaro, tenor
Federico Sacchi, bass
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice
Gabor Ötvös, conductor
Denis Krief, director, set, light and costume designer

Recorded: March 2005
NTSC All Region
Sound: LPCM 2.0 & DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo 2.0
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Letterbox
Duration: 244 mins.
Subtitles: Italian, English, German & French

The operatic output of Richard Wagner, from the never-completed draft of Die
Read more Hochzeit (1832) to the final version of Parsifal (1882) spans exactly fifty years. It is a very long lapse of time, which has few parallels in the history of music and is exceeded only by Giuseppe Verdi’s artistic longevity: fifty-four years, in fact, separate Verdi’s first opera, Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio (1839), from his last, Falstaff (1893). In fifty years Wagner did not only mature and outline more and more clearly the aesthetic ideals that formed the intellectual substratum of his composing activity but definitely upset the course of the history of music and of the music theatre. In the 1870s, having attained widespread popularity in the German-speaking countries, Wagner endeavored to carry out an old and visionary project of his, the creation of a particular theatre destined only to the performance of his operas and of the great Tetralogy he was bringing to completion. With the help of some well-off friends and associations of supporters, Wagner opened a subscription to collect the necessary funds, and in May 1872 he was able to lay the foundation stone of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, to the realisation of which Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, also gave his generous and decisive contribution. The first Bayreuth Festival was officially inaugurated in the summer of 1876 with a staging of Der Ring des Nibelungen, with Hans Richter on the podium. From 1877 to 1882, at the apex of success, Wagner dedicated himself to writing his last opera, Parsifal. In those years, to take care of his health, the musician made frequent trips to Italy, where he completed his Parsifal. The opera was premièred in Bayreuth on 26th July 1882, and ran 15 performances. (3 DVDs)
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Works on This Recording

Parsifal by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Iorio Zennaro (Tenor), Ulrich Dünnebach (Bass), Mikolaj Zalasinski (Baritone),
Matthias Hölle (Bass), Richard Decker (Tenor), Doris Soffel (Mezzo Soprano),
Wolfgang Schöne (Bass), Federico Sacchi (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Gabor Otvos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra,  Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 3/2005 

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