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Mark Elder’s conducting of Parsifal at the 2013 Proms has been captured brilliantly on this 4-disc set. He conducts the Hallé Orchestra with a calm and measured approach, letting the flow of the music speak for itself. There is a hypnotically slow propulsion to his interpretation, which is caught in excellent sound: the choral effects at the end of Act I are magical. The orchestral tone Elder elicits is silken, truly world class. Lars Cleveman sings Parsifal with clean tone and stamina. Katarina Dalayman is a strong Kundry, though she tends to bulge her tone at the peak of phrases. Detlef Roth has developed quite a wobble, which slightly mars his Amfortas. Talking of wobble, one could drive a truck through John Tomlinson’s – but his dramatic intensity, stamina, verbal clarity and total commitment are incomparable. His rapture in ‘O Gnade! Höchstes Heil!’ is deeply moving.

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