RICHARD WAGNER (1813 – 1883)
1-9. Act I
1-10. Act I continuation
1-12. Act II
1-15. Act III
Following our previous Wagner opera releases, the 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 and featuring soloists of the highest calibre, including leading Wagnerians. The recording is released on the occasion of Sir Mark Elder’s 70th birthday.
The audio has been 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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Further reviews from the performance:
“… this Parsifal brought the Proms’ Wagner series to a rousing climax. London doesn’t often hear the Manchester-based Hallé but its music director Mark Elder has shaped it into a formidable Wagnerian outfit.”
Evening Standard, 27 August 2013
“… overwhelming performance by the Hallé under Mark Elder … Marshalling everyone with calm assurance – and allowing the music to flow with its own, slow pulse – Elder showed again why his Wagner operas at home with the Hallé in Manchester have been so successful. Katarina Dalayman (Kundry) gave an outstanding account of a role perfectly suited to her voice. The Swede’s dusky low notes suggest all the character’s mysteriousness, and higher up she moves effortlessly between voluptuousness and vulnerability… John Tomlinson [was] compellingly authoritative as Gurnemanz.”
The Telegraph, 26 August 2013
“… this performance with the Halle under Mark Elder’s direction was as vividly dramatic as anything in the opera house …. success was thanks also to two great Wagnerians. John Tomlinson’s Guernemanz commanded the stage with massive authority, while Katarina Dalayman’s suicidal femme-fatale Kundry seemed to draw on reserves of power coming from deep within. But the chief honours of the evening belonged to the orchestra, which proved equal to all Wagner’s challenges.”
The Independent, Monday 26 August 2013