Verdi: Rigoletto (2CDs) – Solti – Moffo – Merrill – Krauss

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Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: David Ward (Bass), Anna di Stasio (Mezzo Soprano), Robert Kerns (Baritone),
Corinna Vozza (Mezzo Soprano), Mario Rinaudo (Bass), Tina Toscano (Soprano),
Enzo Titta (Baritone), Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano), Piero de Palma (Tenor),
Robert Merrill (Baritone), Ezio Flagello (Bass), Anna Moffo (Soprano),
Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: RCA Italian Opera Orchestra, RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851; Italy
Date of Recording: 06/1963
Venue: RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy
Length: 113 Minutes 5 Secs.
Language: Italian

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Wagner: Parsifal – Krauss – Archipel

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Krauss’s Parsifal is another memorable interpretation, on a par with though different from Knappertsbusch in 1951 (now on Naxos). Krauss’s reading is one of the quickest in the Bayreuth annals, but that very pace gives the piece a direct vigour and dramatic consistency not always heard in his coeval’s deeply considered, reverential reading. Krauss imparts a wonderful feeling for the particular texture and tempo needed for each scene, culminating in the cleansing, sustained ecstasy of the work’s close.

Four principals are common to both sets. Ludwig Weber, as Gurnemanz, sings with even more rotund tone and with increased involvement. George London repeats his anguished, strongly voiced Amfortas. Martha Mödl’s Kundry’s individually accented Kundry remains unique, although Waltraud Meier, in more recent performances, is almost her equal, and Uhde is unsurpassed as Klingsor. With Wind- gassen singing Siegfried, Vinay took over from him in the title part and gives a typically expressive performance. He, Mödl and Uhde make the whole of Act 2 as vivid as any. Greindl is a suitably sonorous Titurel. Throughout chorus and orchestra perform with dedication – try the Act 1 transformation and the succeeding choruses. Altogether this is a traversal of the score among the most satisfying on CD.

Alan Blyth

Parsifal by Richard Wagner
Performer: Hermann Uhde (Baritone), Eugene Tobin (Tenor), Theo Adam (Bass Baritone),
Rita Streich (Soprano), Ludwig Weber (Bass), Josef Greindl (Bass),
Ramon Vinay (Tenor), Martha Mödl (Soprano), George London (Bass),
Hermann Uhde (Bass Baritone), George London (Bass Baritone), Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1882; Germany
Date of Recording: 1953
Venue: Live Bayreuth
Language: German

Track Listing:
Disc 1:
1. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Vorspiel
2. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. He! Ho! Waldhüter ihr
3. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Seht dort, die wilde Reiterin!
4. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Recht so! – Habt Dank! – Ein wenig Rast
5. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Nicht Dank! – Haha! Was wird es helfen
6. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. O wunden-wundervoller heiliger Speer!
7. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Titurel, der fomme Held
8. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Weh! Weh! – Ho! Ho! – Auf!
9. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Nun sag! Nichts weißt du

Disc 2 :
1. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Vom Bade kehrt der König heim
2. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Verwandlungsmusik
3. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Nun achte wohl und laß mich seh’n
4. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Mein Sohn Amfortas, bist du am Amt?
5. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Wehvolles Erbe, dem ich verfallen
6. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Enthüllet den Gral!
7. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Wein und Brot des letzten Mahles
8. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Was stehst du noch da?

Disc 3 :
1. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 2. Die Zeit ist da
2. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 2. Ach! – Ach! – Tiefe Nacht!
3. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 2. Ho! Ihr Wächter! Ho! Ritter!
4. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 2. Hier war das Tosen! Hier! Hier!
5. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 2. Komm, komm, holder Knabe!
6. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 2. Parsifal! – Weile!
7. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 2. Dies alles – hab’ ich nur geträumt?
8. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 2. Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust
9. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 2. Wehe! Wehe! Was tat ich?
10. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 2. Amfortas! – Die Wunde!
11. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 2. Grausamer! Fühlst du im Herzen
12. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 2. Vergeh, unseliges Weib!

Disc 4:
1. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Vorspiel
2. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Von dorther kam das Stöhnen
3. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Wer nahet dort dem heil’gen Quell
4. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Heil mir, daß ich dich wiederfinde!
5. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. So sag, zu wem den Weg du suchtest?
6. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. O Herr! War es ein Fluch
7. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Nicht so! Die heil’ge Quelle selbst
8. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Gesegnet sei, du Reiner, durch das Reine
9. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Wie dünkt mich doch die Aue heut so schön!
10. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Du siehst, das ist nicht so
11. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Mittag. Die Stund’ ist da
12. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Geleiten wir im bergenden Schrein
13. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Ja, Wehe! Wehe! Weh’ über mich
14. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Nur eine Waffe taugt
15. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Höchsten Heiles Wunder!