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4.4 out of 5 stars with 44 reviews
Compared to Knappertsbusch's stodgy, lethargic Bayreuth Parsifals from the 50s, this 1964 performance, Knappertsbusch's last, is quite different. Textures have lightened, tempos are faster, and Wagner's long arcs soar instead of sag. These qualities characterize Knappertsbusch's ''official'' 1962 Philips Parsifal, but 1964 has a better cast. Hotter relishes Gurnemanz's long, inward monologues, while, by contrast, Vickers projects the title role with wound-up intensity. Thomas Stewart's Amfortas