Post by Mike Scott Rohan
Yes, I ave it on an early CD release -- can't find it right now to check whose, but the sound isn't at all bad, a decent mono broadcast of that period -- no marvel, very restricted dynamic range and forward voices, but with little enough hiss and fizz. Not what you'd ordinarily choose, but fascinating in its way. Christoff is very impressive, but the Parsifal is somewhat wimpy, conducting more than acceptable.
Callas of course started as a heavyweight (in both senses) Wagnerian, and only turned to bel canto after a vocal and health crisis. She even sange Brunnhilde, and recorded at least one chunk of it.
Think I was wrong there, actually. She did sing Brunnhilde, but not sure she recorded any of it. She did, though, record the Liebestod. I haven't heard the Parsifal set for a while, but I remember her as an unusually sweet-toned and seductive Kundry, certainly compared to the average Teuton -- very soprano-toned, naturally, rather than heavy dramatic. The Italian might worry some people, but I didn't find it too bad -- certainly a much more apt translation than the standard Lohengrin one used in recordings like Pertile's. "Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber Schwan" becomes "Merce, Merce, cigno gentile!" which to me at least seems to have all the stresses wrong.
Incidentally, apologies for all the mistypings in previous posts-- just getting used to a new keyboard.