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Who could resist a 1913 recording of the orchestral suite from Parsifal played by the Berlin Philharmonic and conducted by Alfred Hertz? Certainly not any rabid Wagner fan: Hertz was the conductor who broke the ban on Parsifal by performing it at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 1904, the first time the work had ever been performed outside of Bayreuth. And his way with the score is beguiling: the soft contours of the themes, the ambiguity of the harmonies, the quivering expectancy of the tone; all of these things ...

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  1. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Prelude to Act 1
  2. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1 Transformation Music
  3. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3 Transformation Music
  4. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Good Friday Spell
  5. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Prelude to Act 1
  6. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Transformation Music
  7. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Zum letzten Liebesmahle
  8. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Durch Mitleid wissend, der reine Tor
  9. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Wein und Brot des letzten Mahles
  10. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Flower Maidens Scene
  11. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3 Prelude
  12. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Heil mir, dass ich dich wieder finde!
  13. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: O Gnade! Höchstes Heil!
  14. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: So ward es uns verhiessen (Good Friday Spell)
  15. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Mittag: die Stund' ist da (Transformation Music)
  16. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Geleiten wir im bergenden Schrein
  17. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Ja, Wehr! Wehe!
  18. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Nur eine waffe taugt
  19. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: So ward es uns verhiessen (Good Friday Spell)
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