Wagner: Parsifal (Blu-ray)

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Conducted by Daniele Gatti and starring Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, François Girard's stunning post-apocalyptic production of Parsifal was filmed at The Metropolitan Opera in 2013. "This is a Parsifal to treasure, elevated to the highest musical level by the solemnity and sweep of Daniele Gatti's conducting and a dream cast headed by tenor Jonas Kaufmann." – Associated Press.

The DVD tracks are:
1. Opening Credits
2. Introduction by Eric Owens
3. Prelude
4. He! Ho! Waldhüter ihr
5. Seht dort, die wilde Reiterin!
6. Recht so! Habt Dank!
7. He! du da! Was liegst du dort wie ein wildes Tier
8. Das ist ein andres
9. Titurel, der fromme Held
10. Weh! Hoho! Auf!
11. Ich hab' eine Mutter
12. So recht! So nach des Grales Gnade
13. Vom Bade kehrt der König heim
14. Nun acht wohl, und laß mich seh'n
15. Mein Sohn Amfortas, bist du am Amt?
16. Wehvolles Erbe, dem ich verfallen
17. Nehmen hin meinen Leib
18. "Wein und Bort des letzten Mahles"
19. Was stehst Du noch da?
20. Introduction to Act II by Eric Owens
21. Prelude
22. Die Zeit ist da
23. Erwachst du? Ha!
24. Jetzt schon erklimmt er die Burg
25. Hier war das Tosen!
26. Komm! Komm! Holder Knabe!
27. Parsifal! Weile!
28. Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust
29. Wehe! Wehe! Was tat ich?
30. Amfortas! Die Wunde!
31. Ich sah ihn und lachte!
32. Erlösung, Frevlerin, biet' ich auch dir
33. Vergeh, unseliges Weib!
34. Introduction to Act III by Eric Owens
35. Prelude
36. Von dorther kam das Stöhnen
37. Du tolles Weib! Hast du kein Wort für mich
38. Heil dir, mein Gast!
39. Heil mir, daß ich dich wiederfinde!
40. O Gnade! Höchstes Heil!
41. Nicht so! die heil'ge Quelle selbst
42. Du wuchest mir die Füße
43. Wie dükt mich doch die Aueheut so schön!
44. Mitta Die Stund' ist da
45. Geleiten wir im bergenden Schrein
46. Ja wehe! Wehe! Weh' über mich!
47. Nur eine Waffe taugt
48. Höchstens Heiles Wunder!
49. Bows and Closing Credits
50. Interview with Jonas Kaufmann
51. Interview with René Pape
52. Interview with Peter Mattei
53. Interview with John Sellars, Met Assistant Manager, Technical
54. Interview with Katarina Dalayman
55. Interview with Daniele Gatti
56. Interview with François Girard

Product Details

  • Actors: Metropolitan Opera
  • Directors: Francois Girard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, Spanish, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Classical
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2014
  • Run Time: 290 minutes
  • ASIN: B00CU55HHY

Customer Reviews

"Amfortas! Die Wunde!"

6 people found this helpful.
 on June 22, 2014
By jutta joines
It was pure luck that I happened upon the Public TV broadcast of this”Parsifal” last year and I was glued to my seat for the duration of this opera, at first because of curiosity and then because of fascination with this oddly moving production. It moves extremely slowly, too, for close to 5 hours, I think. However, if you’re willing to give it your time and attention you will understand why this performance has won so much acclaim. For me the highlight was Jonas Kaufmann’s performance of Parsifal’s aria “Amfortas! Die Wunde!” in the second act. Pure genius, I think. And if that is not enough, how about Peter Mattei’s portrayal of the unfortunate king Amfortas. He sings and acts that role to perfection. And then there is Rene Pape as Gurnemanz, the benevolent head of the religious community Parsifal wanders into and mezzo soprano Katarina Dalayman as Kundry who changes Parsifal from carefree young man into a man with a mission with her kiss. All of the protagonists are experienced and skilled singers and the staging of Francois Girard is imaginative,intriguing, and impressive. Daniele Gatti conducts with sensitivity and cooperates with the singers on stage, apparently, as they express their appreciation for him. For me this is a hallmark performance, so much talent and creativity assembled in one great opera house! Thank you, Peter Gelb, for this production and thank you, Sony, for saving it for posterity!

Finally 5 Star Surround Audio from the MET

4 people found this helpful.
 on June 21, 2015
By R. Kreutzer
I have over 150 classical DVD/BRs that I watch on a 120″ screen and listen through a 7.2 loudspeaker setup where the front speakers are about 9′ 6″ apart and the surround / surround back speakers are placed where they ought to be. The room has sound treatments so I hear what’s on the disc, not distorting reflections from the walls. My reviews concentrate on the surround audio, as you can pretty much judge the video and stereo for yourself on youtube and similar sites.

Gloriously sung Parsifal

 on November 15, 2015
By Lloyd G. Kay
This Parsifal is glorious to listen to the singers are all wonderful I only knew two of them Renée Pepe and Jonas Kaufman

As close to perfection as we get.

64 people found this helpful.
 on February 6, 2014
By G P Padillo
One of the most amazing performances I’ve experienced of my favorite opera. The production was stunning, the cast superb, caught up completely in the drama.

Parsifal Comes to Life

One person found this helpful.
 on December 14, 2016
By joan murray
Mesmerizing. Next best thing to a live performance. Cast is stunning.

Definitive Parsifal?

7 people found this helpful.
 on April 8, 2014
By James D. Held
I was simply astonished by this, my favorite Wagner music-drama. Jonas Kaufman is a perfect Parsifal and the new Met production is an eye full! The production has been criticized by some, but for my money, it work very well. I was so moved by the staging of the king Amfortas in his agony, supported by his loyal retainers that in his agony, I felt his pain and just broke down and cried through the scene! I am grateful that the current management of the Met Opera has branched out with new and vital productions of old war horses. This is one for the ages.

Great Video!

One person found this helpful.
 on September 19, 2016
By Charles G Lindelef
I have loved Parsifal for 50 years. This is my favorite.

Excellent Parsifal

 on September 5, 2016
By Reddirt
I agree with the previous reviews and there is no need for another one. I would have preferred period costumes, but modern clothing in old operas seems to be the in thing now.

Parsifal both theatrically and spiritually fulfilling

One person found this helpful.
 on January 2, 2017
By Gene Brody
Wonderful. Kaufmann is great, as usual, but Rene Pape and Peter Mattei are simply amazing. So is Katarina Dalayman. Watched this opera on PBS just because I was trying so diligently to get to know opera better. Figured I would be bored with old Wagner. Watched it twice, was thrilled. Then bought the DVD. Francois Girard manages to find a unilateral spiritual connection for the profound Christianity of Wagner, and it works very well. Scene where the knights are “passing the spirit among themselves” by touch, is not only gorgeously done but deeply, deeply moving. A cousin of mine said she got chills watching it. “This is what I thought First Holy Communion was going to be like when, as a schoolgirl, we were preparing for it. … It was NOT This is what it should be like.”

Bravo for Parsifal DVD

 on June 2, 2016
By Jan K
Another excellent recording of a Live HD broadcast by the MET. I attended this exact performance, captured faithfully on this DVD and watching this was just like being back in the theater.

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