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|Brahms, Otto Klemperer, Emi Masters|
Ein Deutsches Requiem
'Where Fischer-Dieskau scores above everybody is in his singing of words. I do not mean merely singing them clearly but in their intensity of expression ... I have yet to meet a conductor who satisfies me as wholly as Klem... more »
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'Where Fischer-Dieskau scores above everybody is in his singing of words. I do not mean merely singing them clearly but in their intensity of expression ... I have yet to meet a conductor who satisfies me as wholly as Klemperer does in the Requiem.' Gramophone Magazine Otto Klemperer is widely regarded as one of the leading conductors of the 20th century. Following the end of World War II, Klemperer returned to Continental Europe to work at the Budapest Opera (1947-1950). There he became an itinerant conductor, guest conducting the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, WDR Orchestra Köln, Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Philharmonia of London. His career was turned around in 1954 by the London-based producer Walter Legge, who recorded Klemperer in Beethoven, Brahms and much else with his hand-picked orchestra, the Philharmonia, for the EMI label. He became the first principal conductor of the Philharmonia in 1959. He settled in Switzerland. Klemperer also worked at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, sometimes stage-directing as well as conducting, as in a 1963 production of Richard Wagner's Lohengrin. With one of the towering conductors of his or any day in control, this is truly one of the great recordings of the 20th century. In today's search for authenticity of performance, smaller forces, lighter timbres and faster speeds are brought into play, but these seem to ignore a performing tradition passed down from the composer's time and made manifest here in Klemperer's grand overview of this work. EMI MASTERS celebrates the full glory of the greatest performances from the world's greatest catalogue of recorded music. Digitally remastered at Abbey Road Studios direct from the original master tapes, these classic recordings emerge with unparalleled immediacy. You will be left in no doubt that you are in the presence of legendary musicians and ageless interpretations.
Towering and profound.....
Timothy Mikolay | Pittsburgh, PA | 11/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Klemperer was a big man and I have yet to hear a recording where musicians have sounded so stately and play with such breadth and grandeur as do these people. I would not dare say that this reading is even incomparable; it stands alone. Such immense forces in my listening experiences have never performed with such compassion and profundity. This is must to add to any CD library. This is an immensely satisfying recording."