WAGNER
Parsifal
[digital download]

***** Performance ***** Recording
'Gergiev, with the vigorous Mariinsky chorus and orchestra, achieves a glowing translucency in both choral and orchestral textures.' BBC Music Magazine
Editor's Choice
'A truly moving experience, one of the finest Wagner recordings of recent years' Gramophone
CDs of the Year New York Times

  • Valery Gergeiv Musical director & conductor
    Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus

    Evgeny Nikitin Amfortas
    Alexei Tanovitski Titurel
    René Pape Gurnemanz
    Gary Lehman Parsifal
    Nikolai Putilin Klingsor
    Violeta Urmana Kundry

    Knights of the Grail

    Yuri Alexeev
    Yuri Vorobiev

    Squires

    Lia Shevtsova
    Olga Legkova
    Alexander Timchenko
    Andrei popov

    Flowermaidens

    Olga Trifonova
    Irina Mataeva
    Liudmila Dudinova
    Elena Ushakova
    Zhanna Dombrovskaya
    Anna Kiknadze

    Alla Martynenko Voice from Above

  • Total duration 258m35s

    Catalogue number MAR0508
    UPC 822231850823

    James Mallinson producer
    John Newton & Dirk Sobotka recording engineers
    Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson for
    Classic Sound Ltd editing, mixing & mastering

    Sung in German. Libretto in German, English, Russian & French

    Includes multi-channel 5.0 and stereo mixes.
    Notes in English / en Francais / auf Deutsch / на русском языке

  • Disc of the Month
    Performance ***** Recording *****
    'What really distinguishes this, though, is Gergiev. His reading is vivid and luminous, generally expansive but with fluidly shifting tempos, unashamedly guilty of theatrical excitement. Gergiev, with the vigorous Mariinsky chorus and orchestra, achieves a glowing translucency in both choral and orchestral textures.'
    BBC Music Magazine

    CDs of the Year Los Angeles Times

    CDs of the Year New York Times

    Editor's Choice 'A truly moving experience, one of the finest Wagner recordings of recent years.' Gramophone

    La Clef Res Musica

    ffff 'La Kundry passionnée de Violeta Urmana, le Gurnemanz très tendre de René Pape nuancent subtilement cette palette crue... le son devient couleur, la musique peinture.' Télérama

    CD of the Week 'Startling beautiful, rapturously sung and radiantly recorded.' BBC Radio 3 CD Review

    'A magnificent recording.' Der Neue Merker

    'Gergiev presumably wanted to record a Parsifal that measured up to the international competition... and he's certainly succeeded.' Daily Telegraph

    'This recording, taken from live performances in June, 2009 in St. Petersburg, is marvelously theatrical, with the situations dictating tempo and flow. The spiritual moments glow in a way that is rarely achieved, and the Mariinsky Orchestra plays magnificently from start to finish. The voice [Gary Lehman] has weight and authority and enough flexibility to caress some phrases and create quite a grand effect with others. His attention never flags, and he looms over the proceedings as rightly he should; wisdom, piety, and justice never sounded this good. When he comes across Kundry again in Act 3 it's quite an event. Violeta Urmana's Kundry, like all of her work, is vocally remarkable: there's not a weak spot in her voice, even in this difficult-to-cast part.' ClassicsToday.com

    'The cast is outstanding, with impressive performances from the brilliant René Pape (Gurnemanz) and Evgeny Nikitin (Amfortas)... This is a landmark for Gergiev and, at mid-price – or even if it were full-price – worth every penny.'
    The Observer

    'Above all, this is Gergiev's Parsifal and it is the superlatively good playing of the Mariinsky Orchestra that, with Pape's gloriously sung Gurnemanz, makes this new set essential listening for Wagnerians.'
    International Record Review

    'Marvelously theatrical... The spiritual moments glow in a way that is rarely achieved, and the Mariinsky Orchestra plays magnificently from start to finish... Besides Gergiev's leadership and the orchestra's playing, the other crucial thing about this set is René Pape's Gurnemanz. His attention never flags, and he looms over the proceedings as rightly he should; wisdom, piety, and justice never sounded this good. Violeta Urmana's Kundry, like all of her work, is vocally remarkable: there's not a weak spot in her voice, even in this difficult-to-cast part.' ClassicsToday.com

£19.99

SACD hybrid - 4 disc set

René Pape, Violeta Urmana, Gary Lehman,
Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra

Parsifal, the Mariinsky label's first recording of a Wagner opera, features an exceptional international cast led by René Pape, Gary Lehman and Violeta Urmana. 

Wagner described his final complete opera as 'A Festival Play for the Consecration of the Stage' and the work has always sparked controversy, mixing moral and religious themes with music of irresistible sumptuousness. The opera was inspired by Wolfram von Eschenbach's Arthurian poem Parzifal. Yet despite the story's overt Christian imagery, Wagner also draws on ideas from other beliefs including Buddhism. The 'harmonic experiments' that he adopted for his previous opera Tristan und Isolde are further refined to create music of astonishing beauty that still retains and reflects the deep morality of the tale.

The Mariinsky Theatre has a long association with Wagner's music. The composer himself conducted at the Theatre, which in 1863 was the location of the first performance of music from his as yet unstaged Ring Cycle. Over the past decade Valery Gergiev has become a frequent conductor of Wagner's operas, establishing a formidable reputation in the repertoire, although remarkably this is his first recording of the composer's operas.

Mariinsky label recordings are made available by LSO Live
We are grateful to Yoko Ceschina for her generous support

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