Hartmut Haenchen Conducts Fresh, Lucid Parsifal
.."Naturally I cannot explain better than the conductor, Hartmut Haenchen, how he has revised Wagner’s score so that this performance reclaimed the composer’s intentions more than recent ones at Bayreuth. He was a very late replacement for Andris Nelsons but what an achievement
his debut was for the veteran conductor. This Parsifal indeed sounded as if the score had been ‘spring-cleaned’ and it was swift, lucid, nuanced, and very fresh
. The Bayreuth Festival Orchestra perhaps played – if that were possible – even better for Haenchen than for Thielemann or Kober the previous evenings and there was fervour, finesse, perfectly blended timbres, a rich glow and a full share of incandescent climaxes
from conducting which had insightful cerebral flexibility.
Jim PritchardGanze Rezension