This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.
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
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
Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano),
Marga Höffgen (Alto),
Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor),
Martti Talvela (Bass)
New Philharmonia Orchestra,
New Philharmonia Chorus
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 1965
Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England
Length: 79 Minutes 31 Secs.
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