"Hartmut Haenchen’s conducting is first-class."
..."Not so Haenchen, whose conducting is one of the best things about the evening; it was high time for his Bayreuth debut. His is a sober, intelligent, meticulously crafted Parsifal, not given to the ecstatic or transcendent gestures that Nelsons might have brought. With his modest clarity and tender insight, Haenchen makes a Parsifal that is entirely his own — no mean achievement under the circumstances. This is a secular humanist take on the piece that really does have weight."
Shirley Apthorp Ganze Rezension