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Mendelssohn/ Beethoven: Otto Klemperer


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Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) was widely regarded as one of the leading conductors of the 20th century along with his compatriots, Wilhelm Furtwangler and Bruno Walter. These performances date from 1955, a period when Klemperer was at his most authoritative, spending a number of seasons guest conducting in Cologne with great success. As a result, he became principal conductor of the Philharmonia in London in 1959 following the departure of Herbert von Karajan for Berlin. Both Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream and Beethoven Symphony No.8 are sourced from the original WDR tapes and have been superbly remastered. They appear for the first time on CD. The Mendelssohn performance, with its wonderful clarity, like the Beethoven Symphony No.8, is in general faster than the studio made recording in 1960. Kathe Moller-Siepermann was a regular performer at Cologne Opera while Hanna Ludwig also performed there and at other houses in Germany as well as further afield. She retired in 1968 to pursue pedagogical and lecturing opportunities. One of today's most-admired singers, Diana Damrau, was a pupil of Ludwig's.
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Item number ICAC 5047
Barcode 5060244550476
Release date 31/10/2011
Category Romantic
Label ICA Classics
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Ludwig, Hanna
Möller-Siepermann, Käthe
Composers Beethoven, Ludwig van
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix
Conductors Klemperer, Otto
Orchestras Kölner Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester
Kölner Rundfunkchor Choir
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