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Subject: Re: Parsifal
From: Ken Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Ken Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:43:49 -0500
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-----Original Message----- 
From: Jean Scarr

In those days, "Parsifal" was treated as a religious experience ie a church 
communion service.  No applause except after Act II.  Like "Tristan" the 
opera stands on the musical score, not stage action.  It is a transformative 
experience, much like the "Liebestod".

No applause? That's fascinating. But unless I misunderstand you, you're not 
saying that the transformative experience depends upon the music alone, 
never mind the libretto. Given that I don't understand German, I need 
subtitles to follow the libretto. The only production I've seen is the one 
from Vienna recently available on The Opera Platform. Can anyone recommend a 
DVD? Thanks in advance.

Ken


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