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Subject: Re: Parsifal
From: "Mitchell, Katalin" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mitchell, Katalin
Date:Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:36:11 +0000
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I heard it together with my husband and we loved it! Father Lee was a treasure that we will forever miss.

> On Jan 25, 2017, at 9:25 AM, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> All who are interested in this topic should read Lee's essay
> "Who is the Grail?". published in a collection of his Met
> broadcast intermission talks.  Those were the days when
> intermissions were worth listening to.
> 
> dtmk
> 
>> On Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 9:29 PM, Mark Bartelt <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Re Steve Charitan's comments that ...
>> 
>> "Parsifal" is a tough "get" but once gotten it does not let go.  The trick,
>> if there is one to enchantment, is not to get too caught up in assumptions
>> about its religious or metaphysical trappings - the miracle of this music
>> is that *if you allow it*, it will provide the key to take you where you
>> want to go.
>> 
>> ... all I have to say is "Yes! YESSS!!!".  Or in other words,
>> same for me.  A couple of decades ago, I had the privilege of
>> spending an hour or so with Father Owen Lee, just him and me,
>> discussing opera.  (The story of how that came about is a bit
>> amusing, but can wait for another time.)  Anyway, he asked me
>> whether I had a favourite opera; I immediately replied "yes",
>> and that it was Parsifal.  He looked a bit taken aback, and
>> asked why.  I found it very difficult to put the "why" into
>> words.  But hard though it may be to name one single work as
>> "my number one favourite", for me Parsifal is definitely the
>> clear winner.  And I still find it hard to explain why ...
>> 
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