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Wagner: Parsifal (Bayreuth 2023) (4CD)

With a starry lineup, including Andreas Schager, Elīna Garanča, Georg Zeppenfeld and Derek Welton, not to mention Australia’s own Garrie Davislim as one of the Squires, this acclaimed new production of Wagner’s Parsifal from the 2023 Bayreuth Festival, is now available on a 4-CD set (and separately, an accompanying Blu-Ray video set).

The acclaimed new production of Wagner’s final opera “Parsifal” is “a musical godsend” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) 2023 Bayreuth Festival The successful and exclusive, multiyear partnership between Deutsche Grammophon and the Bayreuth Festival continues: The Yellow Label is the exclusive audiovisual partner of the mythical Wagner festival, and what was started with the 2015 production of Tristan und Isolde will now see its latest installment, presenting 2023’s new production of Parsifal. For the first time within this cooperation, this recording will be available both as video (2 BluRay Video Set) and audio release (4 CD Set, Digital Album). Parsifal, the masterpiece which Wagner solely composed for Bayreuth’s Festspielhaus and which he wanted to be performed nowhere else, was presented in a celebrated new production on the green hill in 2023. Pablo Heras-Casado, who made his Bayreuth debut, was celebrated for his interpretation, as was his splendid cast featuring Andreas Schager, Elīna Garanča, Georg Zeppenfeld and Derek Welton. Stage Director Jay Scheib takes at his word an expression that Wagner used in a letter to King Ludwig II: He stages Parsifal as a “farewell to the world”, a work that faces up to the question of how hope can exist when life has long since ceased to be possible… The 4-CD set includes two booklets, one providing information about the work, its staging in Bayreuth 2023 and photos from the production, the other one including the complete German libretto with English translation.

WAGNER: Parsifal ARTISTS Amfortas: Derek Welton Titurel: Tobias Kehrer Gurnemanz: Georg Zeppenfeld Parsifal: Andreas Schager Klingsor: Jordan Shanahan Kundry: Elīna Garanča Knights Of The Grail: Siyabonga Maqungo, Jens-Erik Aasbø Knappen (Squires):  Betsy Horne, Margaret Plummer, Jorge Rodríguez-Norton, Garrie Davislim Flower Maidens: Evelin Novak, Camille Schnoor, Margaret Plummer, Julia Grüter, Betsy Horne, Marie Henriette Reinhold An Alto Voice: Marie Henriette Reinhold Choir & Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival Pablo Heras-Casado