Wagner: Parsifal - Jerusalem, Vejzovic, Sotin, Weikl, Mazura; Stein. Bayreuth, 1979
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- Siegfried Jerusalem brings youthful lyricism to the title role.
- Hans Sotin basically owned the role of Gurnemanz from the 1970s to the 1990s, and this recording shows why. He brings poised elegance to the role without even a hint of the "Bayreuth-bark" so many of his colleagues resorted to.
- Franz Mazura's Klingsor is terrifying, however he manages to create more than a one-dimensional stock villain. You even find yourself sympathizing with him as he describes being ostracized by the holy order of knights.
- My only quibble with Jerusalem is that when the music gets dramatic he tends to push in a way that obfuscates the lyrical quality of his instrument. One wonders how he would have fared if he just gave a little less.