Parsifal   (Knappertsbusch;   Windgassen, Ludwig Weber, George London, van Mill, Uhde, Modl)  (4-Naxos 8.110221/24)
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Parsifal   (Knappertsbusch;   Windgassen, Ludwig Weber, George London, van Mill, Uhde, Modl)  (4-Naxos 8.110221/24)
OP1494. PARSIFAL, Live Performance, 1951, w.Knappertsbusch Cond. Bayreuth Festival Ensemble; Wolfgang Windgassen, Ludwig Weber, George London, Arnold van Mill, Hermann Uhde, Martha Mödl, etc. (E.U.) 4-Naxos 8.110221/24. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 636943122129

CRITIC REVIEW:

"For most collectors, the main recording history of PARSIFAL begins with Wieland Wagner’s Bayreuth production from 1951, the year of the theatre’s post-war reopening. From that date until 1964, the regular conductor was Hans Knappertsbusch, and his recordings from 1951 [to] 1962 have long served as the benchmark in all wider comparisons….In the digitally-remastered version from 1951 [above]…the very special sense of occasion that was part of the Bayreuth experience in the year of its post-war reopening [is most intensely felt]."

- Arnold Whittall, GRAMOPHONE, April, 2005





“The most important singer of the German Heldentenor repertory in the 1950s and 1960s, Wolfgang Windgassen employed his not-quite-heroic instrument, believable physique, and considerable musical intelligence to forge memorable performances on-stage and in the recording studio. Although his voice lacked the sensuous appeal of Melchior's or Völker's, it was never unattractive and never employed to obvious effect. Indeed, it conveyed a youthfulness that suited the young Siegfried especially well."

- Erik Eriksson, allmusic.com