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Gemini - Mahler: Symphony No 4, Lied Von Der Erde / Kletzki

Release Date: 02/21/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 76912   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav MahlerFranz Schubert
Performer:  Murray DickieDietrich Fischer-DieskauEmmy Loose
Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Paul Kletzki's recordings of Mahler's Fourth and Das Lied von der Erde were overshadowed by Klemperer's versions of the same works, but they are by no means inferior. Indeed, in the symphony many listeners might prefer Kletzki's livelier first-movement tempo and the easier sense of naturalness and flow everywhere else. Klemperer can sound labored in comparison. Emmy Loose in the finale also does a better job than Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in the later recording, though the climax of Kletzki's adagio strains the trumpets and lacks brilliance.

Similarly, in Das Lied, Klemperer has amazing soloists in Fritz Wunderlich and Christa Ludwig, but tenor Murray Dickie does a very respectable job for Kletzki, and if you want the version with
Read more baritone there is none finer than this one. Fischer-Dieskau is in prime vocal estate, audibly superior to his later Decca recording for Bernstein (where his bark already was becoming more severe than his bite), and the Philharmonia orchestra plays with even greater confidence than it did subsequently, when it was in the midst of transition to the "New Philharmonia" and Klemperer's age was beginning to show despite his evident love of the score. The sonics, particularly in Das Lied, also sound remarkably clean and fresh. The two shorter items are nice to have, and they're well done. In short, these performances deserve to be enjoyed, respected, and above all, listened to. They have withstood the test of time.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Murray Dickie (Tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Vienna, Austria 
Symphony no 4 in G major by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Emmy Loose (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Vienna, Austria 
Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 1, Overture (D 644) by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 4th movement, Adagietto by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 

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