Wagner: Parsifal - Kollo, Hoffman, Siepi, Kerns, Pernstorfer; Vanderzand. Wien, 1971

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The cast of this recording was first-rate for its day.  René Kollo was in fresh voice and Grace Hoffman sings Kundry very well.  I would like to single out Cesare Siepi as Gurnemanz.  It is a testament to his artistry that he would branch out and do such a role and he does so extremely well.  If his German can only be described as serviceable, he brings gravitas and compassion to one of the greatest bass roles.  Siepi fans will not be disappointed.

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