Wagner: Parsifal - Hallé (4CD)

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Artist:
Lars Cleveman, Katarina Dalayman, Hallé, Sir Mark Elder

Lars Cleveman (Parsifal), Katarina Dalayman (Kundry), Sir John Tomlinson (Gurnemanz), Detlef Roth (Amfortas), Tom Fox (Klingsor), Reinhard Hagen (Titurel), Robert Murray (First Knight), Andrew Greenan (Second Knight), Sarah Castle, Madeleine Shaw, Joshua Ellicott, Andrew Rees (Squires), Elizabeth Cragg, Anita Watson, Sarah Castle, Ana James, Anna Devin, Madeleine Shaw (Flower-Maidens), Madeleine Shaw (Voice from Above)

Hallé, Hallé Youth Choir, Royal Opera Chorus, Trinity Boys Choir, Sir Mark Elder

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Following their acclaimed previous Wagner opera releases, Hallé present the re-mastered recording of their 2013 Prom performance, recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall.

“Working with his orchestra, the Hallé, Sir Mark Elder produced an account of this miraculous score which, for a combination of passion and precision, surpassed any other that I have ever heard.”

Michael Tanner, The Spectator, 31 August 2013

Wagner’s last opera, Parsifal, which the composer declared to be his “farewell to the world” has been described as being in many ways the most “total” of all his “total art works”. His spiritual swansong unfurls as a slow-moving, ritualistic drama, and is arguably the best-suited of all his operas to the style of concert staging offered here.

Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, London at the 2013 BBC Proms, featuring dramatic spatial placing of off-stage choruses and musicians.

Audio re-mastered by Hallé’s award winning engineer Steve Portnoi: the original multitrack recordings of both rehearsals and concert were edited to eliminate audience noise whilst retaining the sense of place and the staged nature of the performance. The edited multitrack was then remixed to achieve a sound in keeping with Hallé label releases.

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Reviews:

The Guardian

“[Dalayman's] portrayal conjures dramatic presence out of every phrase and can compare with the best of those already available on disc...Elder’s approach to the score is distinctly measured...but the sustained beauty of the Hallé’s playing and the perfect blending of the textures just about keeps it going.”

The Times

“a testament to Elder’s ability to draw the very best from an orchestra, and to traverse the huge peaks (and troughs) of Wagner’s scores with unerring skill...Yes his tempos are mostly slow, but the Hallé plays Wagner’s last opera with shimmering beauty...Dalayman’s Kundry is a class act, sensual and sensitively sung.”

BBC Music Magazine

“The Hallé offers playing worthy of the orchestra’s long Wagner tradition. Elder’s very slow Prologue reminds us of his journeyman days under Reginald Goodall, leading into a luminous, measured performance with many beauties, notably the Grail scene, yet dramatic enough to animate Klingsor’s nervy strings”