Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

Parsifal, "Good Friday Spell," from Bayreuth, 1933: Alexander Kipnis (Gurnemanz), Max Lorenz (Parsifal), conducted by Richard Strauss. (I had no idea.)

7 comments:

Joe Barron said...

1933? - ewwwww.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Well, it was a terrible year - but still a year when Kipnis, who was Jewish, could sing at Bayreuth.

"I had no idea" because I did not know that Strauss had ever conducted at Bayreuth.

The Unrepentant Pelleastrian said...

Parsifal is (to me) the most disappointing of Wagner's mature works because it contains his subtlest, most ravishing music along with many pages of dull, uninspired (and even kitschy) music.

Am I the only one who feels this way?

Lisa Hirsch said...

Yes - I'm sure you're the only one.

The Unrepentant Pelleastrian said...

Yes - I'm sure you're the only one.

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But don't you feel that Das Rheingold or Tristan or Gotterdammerung are the more continuously riveting and perfect music dramas?

Lisa Hirsch said...

No.

The Unrepentant Pelleastrian said...

No.

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Parsifal must be judged on the merits of its music alone... And as music it has its defects that are not very different from those of the libretto.

It is definitely not a flawless opera.