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Classical - Released February 15, 2001 | Warner Classics

Distinctions Diapason d'or - The Qobuz Ideal Discography

Classical - Released May 6, 2013 | Warner Classics

Distinctions 5 de Diapason

Classical - Released April 1, 2013 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or

Classical - Released October 19, 2009 | Warner Classics

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or

Classical - Released March 4, 2013 | Warner Classics

Distinctions 5 de Diapason

Sacred Vocal Music - Released February 1, 2011 | ICA Classics

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason

Symphonic Music - Released February 26, 2008 | Naxos

Distinctions Diapason d'or

Classical - Released February 15, 2001 | Warner Classics

Distinctions Diapason d'or
While this live 1955 performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with Otto Klemperer leading the Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester und Chor will not replace his 1965 recording with the New Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus in the hearts and minds of music lovers, anyone who admires the conductor or the piece should hear it. Klemperer's approach here is more aggressive and only somewhat less monumental than in his later account, providing a better sense of Beethoven's power and energy. The sound is quite fine, considering this is a live radio broadcast performance from the era before stereo. Details emerge with surprising clarity, and the overall impact of the recording is amazing. It does have weaknesses, though. The Cologne Orchestra and Chorus are not in the same virtuoso league as the London-based musicians, and their performance, while clearly dedicated, is occasionally shaky, and often close to sounding sloppy. The singers, with the exception of Josef Greindl's awe-inspiring bass, are likewise not in the same league as in the later recording, but they are never less than adequate. This Missa Solemnis eclipses nearly every subsequent recorded performance -- Karajan's, Solti's, and Bernstein's, for example, come off as puny and ill-mannered in comparison -- but it does not surpass Klemperer's 1965 version, which is generally considered the finest recording of the work.

Classical - Released November 25, 2005 | Warner Classics

Distinctions Choc de Classica

Classical - Released October 29, 2012 | Warner Classics

Classical - Released October 29, 2012 | Warner Classics

Classical - Released July 3, 2012 | Archiphon

Classical - Released April 3, 2012 | Archiphon

Classical - Released September 13, 2010 | Warner Classics

Symphonic Music - Released December 16, 2008 | Naxos