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Marek Janowski - Wagner: Parsifal [4CD] (2012) (MP3)

9-02-2015, 17:32
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Marek Janowski - Wagner: Parsifal [4CD] (2012) (MP3)

Artist: Marek Janowski
Title Of Album: Wagner: Parsifal
Year Of Release: 2012
Label: PentaTone Classics
Genre: Classical
Quality: MP3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Time: 03:45:52 min
Total Size: 647 mb
WWW: allmusic

Parsifal is the second installment in Pentatone's ambitious project to record Wagner's ten important operas between in 2011 and 2013 in celebration of the bicentennial of his birth, featuring live concert performances with Marek Janowski leading Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Rundfunkchor Berlin. Janowski is an old hand at Wagner, having conducted the first (and very fine) digital recording of The Ring, and he brings a sure understanding and unified conception to Parsifal. One of its most immediately noticeable characteristics is its urgency, which essentially means faster tempos. His version at three and three-quarters hours is nearly a half hour shorter than classic recordings like Knappertsbusch's 1951 Bayreuth version and Solti's Decca release. What's gained is a momentum and sense of dramatic movement in an opera that's notorious for bogged-down performances. It also has the effect of making the opera seem more personal, even intimate at moments, because the momentum gives the dialogue between characters such immediacy. Janowski is sensitive to allowing the music plenty of space to unfold where it calls for evoking a timeless expansiveness, such as the scenes in the Hall of the Grail. The orchestra and chorus perform with seamless assurance and with a velvety sensuality. Janowski keeps textures transparent so that details of the scoring are easily audible, and that transparency also contributes to the intimacy of his reading. The exemplary vocal performances are uniformly very fine, and the singers bring an acute sense of drama to their roles and their interactions The recording is blessed with a wealth of expressive, resonant, tonally sumptuous, and clearly differentiated low voices, including Evgeny Nikitin as Amfortas, Dimitry Ivashchenko as Titurel, Franz-Josef Selig as Gurnemanz, and Eike Wilm Schulte as Klingsor. Christian Elsner is a passionate Parsifal and his ringing tenor is heroic and robust. As Kundry, Michelle DeYoung sings with warmth and poignancy and is especially effective in her rich lower register. The sound of the hybrid multichannel SACD is immaculate and spacious.

Marek Janowski - Wagner: Parsifal [4CD] (2012) (MP3)

Disc: 1
1. Vorspiel
2. Act 1. He! Ho! Waldhuter ihr
3. Act 1. Recht so! - Habt Dank! - Ein wenig Rast
4. Act 1. Nicht Dank! - Haha! Was wird es helfen?
5. Act 1. O wunden-wundervoller heiliger Speer!
6. Act 1. Titurel, der fromme Held
7. Act 1. Weh! Weh!... Hoho!
8. Act 1. Nun sag'! Nichts weisst du, was ich dich frage

Disc: 2
1. Act 1. Vom Bade kehrt der Konig heim
2. Act 1. Verwandlungmusik
3. Act 1. Nun achte wohl und lass mich seh'n - Zum letzten Liebesmahle
4. Act 1. Mein Sohn Amfortas, bist du am Amt?
5. Act 1. Enthullet den Gral! - Nehmet hin mein Blut
6. Act 1. Wein und Brot des letzten Mahles
7. Act 2. Vorspiel - Die Zeit ist da
8. Act 2. Die Zeit ist da
9. Act 2. Ach! Ach! Tiefe Nacht!

Disc: 3
1. Act 2. Hier war das Tosen! Hier! Hier!
2. Act 2. Komm, komm, holder Knabe!
3. Act 2. Parsifal! - Weile!
4. Act 2. Dies alles - hab' ich nun getraumt?
5. Act 2. Ich sah das Kind
6. Act 2. Wehe! Wehe! Was tat ich? Wo war ich?
7. Act 2. Amfortas! Die Wunde!
8. Act 2. Grausamer! Fuhlst du im Herzen - Ich sah ihn - Nun such' ich ihn von Welt zu Welt
9. Act 2. Vergeh, unseliges Weib!
10. Act 3. Vorspiel
11. Act 3. Von dorther kam das Stohnen
12. Act 3. Heil dir, mein Gast!

Disc: 4
1. Act 3. Ja! Woher kommst du denn?
2. Act 3. Heil mir, dass ich dich wiederfinde!
3. Act 3. O Herr! War es ein Fluch
4. Act 3. Nicht so! Die heil'ge Quelle selbst
5. Act 3. Gesegnet sei, du Reiner, durch das Reine!
6. Act 3. Wie dunkt mich doch die Aue
7. Act 3. Du siehst, das ist nicht so
8. Act 3. Mittag. Die Stund' ist da
9. Act 3. Geleiten wir im bergenden Schrein
10. Act 3. Nur eine Waffe taugt
11. Act 3. Hochsten Heiles Wunder! - Erlosung dem Erloser!

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