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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Klemperer

Release Date: 04/10/2001 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 67547   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Elisabeth SöderströmMarga HöffgenWaldemar KmenttMartti Talvela
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraNew Philharmonia Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I've owned Otto Klemperer's classic 1965 recording of Beethoven's Missa solemnis in many guises, from LP and reel-to-reel tape to cassette and compact disc. Yet it's never sounded so good as it does via EMI's latest CD incarnation. Compared with the previous CD transfer, there's more bloom in the higher frequencies, with slightly greater definition in the bass, and the massed voices register with increased heft and presence... Klemperer secures stark, weighty textures from the New Philharmonia, whose forceful playing never loses linear clarity. Moreover, Klemperer's inexorable inner rhythm and carefully worked out tempo relationships (try the second half of the Gloria) provide gripping continuity in
Read more a work that can easily sprawl in the wrong hands. Wilhelm Pitz's expertly trained chorus is beyond cavil, as are the well-matched and radiant soloists... Don't let your collection be without it.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano), Marga Höffgen (Alto), Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor),
Martti Talvela (Bass)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 79 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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