A verismo Pelleas
R. J. Claster | Van Nuys, CA United States | 05/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a totally different interpretation than Von Karajan's well-known DG recording. Whereas Karajan creates a silky, sumptuous, yet finely detailed sound that focuses one's attention on the piece as an orchestral tour de force, Mitropoulos concentrates instead on its dramatic flow and intensity as a musical narrative of a story of passion, jealousy and murder, an approach which imparts both a coherence and flexibility plus cumulative impact to this rather sprawling work that is lacking in Karajan's more static interpretation. The sound is wonderfully clear, dynamic and spacious, superior in these respects to most commercial recordings I have heard from the same time (early 1950s). An essential purchase for lovers of either this work, Schoenberg in general, or Germanic late romaticism."