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Wagner: Parsifal / Haitink, Naef, Ventris, Volle

Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Imports (Dvd)   Catalog #: 1078903  
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Rolf HaunsteinMichael VolleMatti SalminenYvonne Naef,   ... 
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera ChorusZurich Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This production of Parsifal was recorded live at the Zurich Opera House in March, 2007. It was hailed by the press as one of the finest Wagner performances in recent years, thanks in part to Bernard Haitink’s gripping presence in the pit.

The production by Hans Hollmann is austere in conception; Hans Hoffer’s understated designs use geometric shapes and blocks of color to emphasize the juxtapositions at the heart of Wagner’s mystical opera—light versus dark, good versus evil. The effect is beautiful and simple, focusing attention on the music.

The excellent international cast of leading Wagnerian singers is headed by Christopher Ventris in the title role and also features Yvonne Naef as a sensuous Kundry. Matti
Read more Salminen, a stalwart at international opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera where he continues to sing major Wagnerian roles, was highly acclaimed by the press for his powerful, touching portrayal of the aging Gurnemanz.

Kundry: Yvonne Naef
Parsifal: Christopher Ventris
Amfortas: Michael Volle
Gurnemanz: Matti Salminen
Klingsor: Rolf Haunstein
Titurel: Günther Groissböck
Bernard Haitink, conductor

DVD Format: DVD-9
Picture Format: 16:9/NTSC/Color
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Sound Format: PCM STEREO/DTS 5.0
Subtitles: G/E/F/S/CH
Total Playing Time—106 min. + 148 min.
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Works on This Recording

Parsifal by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Rolf Haunstein (Baritone), Michael Volle (Baritone), Matti Salminen (Bass),
Yvonne Naef (Alto), Christopher Ventris (Tenor), Günther Groissböck (Baritone)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Chorus,  Zurich Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 

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