How dare you. May the Hotterian Gods smite you!!!
Heck, I dropped Karajan for less a reason. I wonder if my Kna' choice (I picked Kna'62, Boulez, Kubelik, Barenboim, Thielemann [rather than Kegel, as I initially hinted at]) would still stand, if I listened to it just now and compared it to, say, Jaap van Zweden.
I got the Zweden
dirt cheap at Dussmann in Berlin, as a memento of a performance of Parsifal
at the Deutsche Oepr I had seen the evening before (with Vogt
--all wonderful--and Salminen
as Gurnemenz--very disppointing--, conducted by Runnicles
). I do apprecaite (with some caveats) Vogt
's portrayal, I think Dalayman
are all fine, but I find the conductor's approach to the score too solemn and ponderous. Not my kind of Parsifal
I'm surprised, actually, because I found Zweden
from Hong Kong a vastly superior affair, and one which makes me look forward to his recently released Walküre
Nice to see one vote for the underrated Armin Jordan
. A very enjoyable reading of the score, with a sweet-toned Rainer Goldberg
, the ever-intelligent Yvonne Minton
and a great Gurnemanz in Robert Lloyd
. It almost made my list...