Diffcult art rendered absorbing and watchable. Outstanding
Watch this instead of the Met's (worthy but slightly disinterested) production. Kupfer has really tried to find the essence of the piece in his production design and urges a humanity in the drama upon the whole cast which renounces any received ideas of presenting this glorious, complex monolith of music drama.
He's got three great soloists at his disposal: Poul Elming is just the right Heldentenor Fach for Parsifal himself, singing with strength, metal and depth. Alongside him are the two great Wagnerians of the 1990s. John Tomlinson gives a wearying but optimistically compassionate Gurnemanz; beside him is the phenomenon that is Waltraud Meier, gamely wearing a sheer purple dress throughout the second act and charting a course through the sinuous music and character of the elliptical Kundry.
Barenboim pulls a magnificent performance from the Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra, a fact which is well noted in this filmed stage performance. A great advocate for a slippery masterpiece of Western art. 8/10
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