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WAG­NER: PAR­SI­FAL Soloists: Placido Domingo, Wal­traud Meier, Falk Struck­mann, Ain Anger, Franz-Josef Selig, Wolf­gang Bankl. Chor und Orch­ester der Wiener Staat­soper. Con­duc­tor: Chris­tian Thiele­mann. Deutsche Gram­mophon 00289 477 6006

In the au­tumn of his ca­reer, Placido Domingo con­tin­ues to en­thral lis­ten­ers with his artis­tic in­tegrity. On this record­ing (recorded live at the Vi­enna State Opera) his voice is still a thing of won­der, par­tic­u­larly given the dif­fi­culty of the role of Par­si­fal. Al­low­ing for the fact that his dic­tion is some­what uni­d­iomatic for Wag­ner, his mov­ing per­for­mance here is full of spir­i­tual in­sight, while Wal­traut Meier (an­other great singer no longer in the bloom of youth) brings great sen­si­tiv­ity and depth to the role of Kundry. The glory of this set, how­ever, is the con­duct­ing of Chris­tian Thiele­mann, who must surely have the most pro­found un­der­stand­ing of any con­tem­po­rary con­duc­tor for this ex­tra­or­di­nary score. Th­ese four discs are a fine record of what must have been a mem­o­rable evening of mu­sic. www.deutschegram­mophon.com

CD re­views com­piled by Tony Clay­ton-Lea

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