With his Scandinavian looks and fine physique, Ticho Parly (1928–1993) seemed predestined to portray Wagner’s heroes. Like his fellow-Dane, Lauritz Melchior, Parly began his career as a baritone. He pursued his vocal studies initially in Paris and then in Denmark, Italy and Switzerland. To finance his studies he worked for several years in a travel agency, during which time he also began studies in medicine and acquired a command of other languages. His only known studio recording, portraying some of Wagner’s heroes, was recorded for Deutsche Grammophon in 1966.
That same year, Parly sang Siegmund in ‘Die Walküre’ at Bayreuth, made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Tristan opposite Birgit Nilsson’s Isolde and also appeared as ‘Tannhäuser’ and as Erik in ‘Der fliegende Holländer’, again with Nilsson. At the January 1966 recording sessions, arias by Beethoven and Weber were also recorded, presumably for a further LP, but this never eventuated, and these are released for the first time as part of this collection.
Lohengrin: In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten
Tannhäuser: Inbrunst im Herzen
Parsifal: Nur eine Waffe taugt
Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
Die Walküre: Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater
Siegfried: Nothung! Nothung! Neidliches Schwert!
Siegfried: Hoho! Hoho! Hohei! Schmiede, mein Hammer, ein hartes Schwert!
Siegfried: Daß der mein Vater nicht ist … Waldweben
Götterdämmerung: Brünnhilde, heilige Braut!
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Fidelio: Gott! Welch’ Dunkel hier! (Act II)*
CARL MARIA VON WEBER
Der Freischütz: Nein, länger trag’ ich nicht die Quälen … Durch die Wälder, durch die Auen (Act I)*
Ticho Parly, tenor
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
FIRST RELEASE ON CD
Recording Producer: Hans Weber
Balance Engineer: Hans-Peter Schweigmann
Editor: Volker Martin
Recording Location: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany, 10–15 January 1966
Remastering Engineer: Paschal Byrne (Audio Archiving Company)