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Parsifal by Richard Wagner
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone),
Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone),
Gottlob Frick (Bass),
René Kollo (Tenor),
Zoltan Kélémén (Bass),
Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Sir Georg Solti
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,
Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,
Vienna Boys' Choir
Written: 1877-1882; Germany
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
A great Parsifal January 17, 2012
By Peter Rossetti (Lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews
"I'm with Christian, above. A great version. Recording is A-1 too."
Tough Choice! November 30, 2011
By Christian Withers (San Antonio, TX) See All My Reviews
"If I had to choose only one favorite recording of Parsifal, it would be Karajan on DG. But it's a narrow margin above the Solti, and there are many things I prefer about Solti (his pacing, the audibility of minute details, the greater power of the brass section). By virtue of sheer overall beauty, sublimely spiritual atmosphere and hair raising choral climaxes, Karajan wins, but barely! Solti may have better overall singing, and the sound is a bit warmer (Karajan's early digital can be slightly bright at times). I've heard many recordings of this music drama (it is perhaps my favorite opera), and while some occasionally receive higher critical praise, I'd rather listen to these two repeatedly. The only one that approaches them (in my opinion) is Sinopoli on DVD."