Parsifal On Record

Parsifal On Record

by Jonathan Brown
     
 

The first comprehensive discography on one of Wagner's music dramas, this volume lists all complete performance recordings, all major selections recorded, and hundreds of individually-recorded excerpts, both vocal, and instrumental, from the earliest acoustic recordings to recent laser discs. Many excerpts have never appeared in discographies or other works on

Overview

The first comprehensive discography on one of Wagner's music dramas, this volume lists all complete performance recordings, all major selections recorded, and hundreds of individually-recorded excerpts, both vocal, and instrumental, from the earliest acoustic recordings to recent laser discs. Many excerpts have never appeared in discographies or other works on Wagner, and pirate recordings have been identified. Precise information is given as to date and place of recording and record numbers as well as performers, choruses, orchestras, and conductors. Musical incipits introduce each excerpt. The index provides access to more than 230 singers of the principal roles and over 130 conductors. A lengthy introduction provides a lively and provocative commentary on the recordings.

Written in Australia where Parsifal has never been fully staged, the discography was researched in major libraries and archives of Europe and the United States as well as old record shops in New York, London, Paris, and Sydney. The result is an important resource for the discographer and record collector, the student of opera and vocal art, and all lovers of Wagner in performance.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Cites complete and partial, instrumental and vocal, recordings of Wagner's last opera, Parsifal (1882), noting the date and place of recording, record numbers, performers, and performing groups; many of the over 400 entries include brief annotations on the recording or performance quality or other aspects. Presented in sections on complete performances, selections, excerpts, arrangements, and anthologies. Indexed only by singers and conductors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313285417
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/1992
Series:
Discographies Series, #48
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author

JONATHAN BROWN is an Australian government lawyer and opera lover, currently living in Paris. His other publications have been in his professional specialty, international law.

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