Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Sängerknaben
Sir Georg Solti
Hans Hotter (bass), Zoltan Kelemen (bass), Lucia Popp (soprano), Gottlob Frick (bass), Marga Schiml (contralto), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Margarita Lilowa (mezzo-soprano), Herbert Lackner (bass), Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano), Robert Tear (tenor), Ewald Aichberger (baritone), Gillian Knight (mezzo-soprano), Heinz Zednik (tenor), René Kollo (tenor), Anne Howells (soprano), Rotraud Hansmann (soprano), Alison Hargan (soprano), Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)
4-CDs + Blu-ray Audio disc, in deluxe hardback presentation with a detailed essay on the opera by Carl Dahlhaus.
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Review of the original release:
Of all the celebrated recordings ofParsifalthis 1972 Solti version must boast the most distinguished cast – all delivering fine expressive and technically polished performances; the principals especially well controlled in their long paragraphs. The playing of the Vienna Philharmonic is glorious.
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau captures Amfortas’s anguished impotence, and his defiance exceedingly well. René Kollo as the innocent fool, the redeemer, Parsifal, once again proves himself to be the ideal noble Wagnerian hero. Christa Ludwig is a vibrant, and corruptly sensual Kundry in her attempts to seduce Parsifal, in Klingsor’s garden – first in motherly, then more voluptuous, tones. Gottlob Frick as Gurnemanz, whose role is to relate so much of the historical narrative is steadily noble and dignified. Zoltan Kélémen is a sinister and malevolent Klingsor. It is interesting to note as Klingsor’s flower maidens so many up-and-coming voices who would later distinguish themselves including Anne Howells, Kiri Te Kanawa, Gillian Knight and Lucia Popp.