Jaap van Zweden / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Wagner: Parsifal (Download)

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Jaap van Zweden / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Wagner: Parsifal (Download)

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NTR Saturday Matinee Series

Richard Wagner – Parsifal

The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra | Netherlands Radio Choir | State Male Choir ‘Latvija’

Jaap van Zweden

Challenge Classics / HQ|NORTHSTAR

Catalogue CC72519


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About the Album

Philosopher Ernst Bloch once referred to the ‘Bühnenweihfestspiel’ or consecrational stage festival Parsifal as ‘a metaphysical adagio’. In these few words he summed up the story line and the musical purport of Wagner's last opera – that is, if such a thing is at all possible in his operas, because as a composer Wagner was never at a loss for words when it came to bandying about statements artistic and non-artistic about the world in general and the universe in particular. Wagner’s musical theatre revolves around fundamental questions of human existence. Tristan und Isolde is about an all-consuming love, but also about the implications of the longing for love and the death wish. The work is about defining an identity through love and the loss of that identity through that same love. Der Ring des Nibelungen is about the incompatibility of love and the pursuit of power; it is also an in-depth exploration of the question of whether man has a free will, and it is about the eternal cycle of destruction and renewal which holds mankind captive on this earth.

Parsifal is about all of the above and much, much more. Wagner himself defined the theme of his swan song as ‘Das große Leid des Lebens’, the great suffering of life. Everything he still wanted to say at the end of his life about life, love, sex, psychology, politics, society, nature, art, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and anti-Semitism was mixed together in a grail chalice (poisonous, according to some) to form a ‘metaphysical adagio' of four hours of consecrational musical drama. Consecrational in the literal meaning of the word. Wagner’s own name for the genre, ‘Bühnenweihfestspiel’ means a consecrational stage festival. The plot of Parsifal refers implicitly and explicitly to Christianity and religious rites. Indeed, it was one of Wagner’s many ambitions to replace European Christianity by his own ritual art.

The Ring Wagner had to resolve the ‘problem’ of love in a new work. That work was Parsifal. The essential difference with all his prior works is the fact that there is no love in Parsifal. All the characters live in a loveless universe in which only the urge to reproduce – desire, lust – remains. Although Wagner's answer to this remains to be seen for the time being, one thing is important here. With Schopenhauer, Wagner does not view the urge to reproduce as morally reprehensible. He situated Siegfried, who suffered from the same fault in the Ring, in an amoral universe, not an immoral one – in a world where morals are not violated, but where all moral is absent. This is also the case in Parsifal, and it is part of the secret of Wagner’s huge success in the nineteenth century.

Album tracks

  1. Vorspiel

  2. He! Ho! Waldhuter ihr

  3. Recht so! - Habt Dank! - Ein wenig Rast

  4. Nicht Dank! - Haha! Was wird es helfen?

  5. O wunden-wundervoller heiliger Speer

  6. Titurel, der fromme Held, der kannt'ihn wohl

  7. Weh! Weh!...Wer ist der Frevler

  8. Nun sag! Nichts weisst du, was ich dich frage

  9. Vom Bade kehrt der Konig heim

  10. Verwandlungsmusik

  11. Nun achte wohl und lass mich seh'n

  12. Mein Sohn Amfortas, bist du am Amt?

  13. Enthullet den Gral!

  14. Wein und Brot des letzten Mahles

  15. Vorspiel

  16. Die Zeit ist da - Schon lockt mein Zauberschloss den Toren

  17. Ach! - Ach! Tiefe Nacht!

  18. Hier war das Tosen! Hier, hier!

  19. Komm, komm, holder Knabe!

  20. Parsifal! - Weile!

  21. Dies alles hab'ich nun getraumt

  22. Wehe! Wehe! Was tat ich? Wo war ich?

  23. Amfortas! - Die Wunde! - Die Wunde!

  24. Grausamer! Fuhlst du im Herzen nur and'rer Schmerzen

  25. Vergeh, unseliges Weib!

  26. Act 3 Vorspiel

  27. Von dorther kam das Stohnen

  28. Heil dir, mein Gast!

  29. Heil mir, dass ich dich wiederfinde!

  30. O Herr! War es ein Fluch

  31. Nicht so! - Die heil'ge Quelle selbst erquicke unsres Pilgers Bad

  32. Gesegnet sei, du Reiner, durch das Reine!...

  33. Wie dunkt mich doch die Aue heut so schon!

  34. Du siehst, das ist nicht so

  35. Mittag. - Die Stund' ist da

  36. Geleiten wir im bergenden Schrein den Gral zum heiligen Amte

  37. Ja, Wehe! Wehe! Weh' uber mich!

  38. Nur ein Waffe taugt

  39. Hochsten heiles Wunder!


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