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Classical - Released February 15, 2001 | Warner Classics

Distinctions Diapason d'or - The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released May 6, 2013 | Warner Classics

Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Classical - Released April 1, 2013 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released October 19, 2009 | Warner Classics

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released March 4, 2013 | Warner Classics

Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Sacred Vocal Music - Released February 1, 2011 | ICA Classics

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Symphonic Music - Released February 26, 2008 | Naxos

Distinctions Diapason d'or
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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.
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Full Operas - Released October 20, 2017 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Choc de Classica
This 1968 recording of The Flying Dutchman was made in the studio under the baton of the venerable Ottom Klemperer who, incidentally, was approaching his 83rd birthday - he had just five years left to live. This record is simply a dream come true, with Theo Adam, Martti Talvela, Anja Silja and Annneliese Burmeister supported by the New Philharmonia and the BBC choir. Klemperer is known for his fairly rapid tempos, even if the singers themselves lend longer durations to the music, as the work is not short on quasi-recitatives. In this vein, this "almost" short work (short by Wagner's standards at least) offers a measured reading, very much oriented towards comprehension of the text and clarity of the orchestra. It goes without saying that it has been the subject of a meticulous remastering, so that it really doesn't feel like you are listening to a recording from half a century ago. Orchestral colours, balance between stage and orchestra, precise vocal presence: these all make for an unmissable, historic recording. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released November 25, 2005 | Warner Classics

Distinctions Choc de Classica
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Classical - Released October 29, 2012 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 29, 2012 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released July 3, 2012 | Archiphon

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Classical - Released April 3, 2012 | Archiphon

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Classical - Released September 13, 2010 | Warner Classics