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"Midsummer Night's Dream" formerly available as EMI- ANGEL # 47230.
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Works on This Recording
Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 by Felix Mendelssohn
Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano),
Heather Harper (Soprano)
Written: 1842; Germany
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
What a surprise! Brilliant! May 28, 2012
By Ivan G. (East Elmhurst, NY) See All My Reviews
"This CD bowled me over. klemperer has a reputation, largely ill-founded of being overly serious and rigid with elephantine tempi to
match, While some of his performances do fit that description, I think
most of these criticisms are ill-founded and exaggerated. Yes, his tempi are often slow but he had the gift of keeping the flow of the
music going and keeping the orchestral textures light and airy. The
present release is such an example.
The Fledermaus overture is the perfect curtain-raiser and shows a
Klemperer who is as totally unbuttoned and easygoing as one could hope for - the total antithesis of his stolid reputation. The over-
ture begins with an effervescent burst and does not let up, although
the slow sections are certainly given their due. One of the best acc-
ounts of this indestructible favorite I have heard.
Yhe Mendelssohn Midsummer Night's Dream music is also beautifully per-
formed with an unerring ear for texture and mood. One may wish for some of the movements to be a little faster, but this charming music cam take a more lyrical approach and here it works effortlessly. Both the loud pieces (i.e. Wedding March) and the slow movements, especial-ly the famous Nocturne are done with the sensitivity to mood and detail and the whole is wonderfully performed. Lat but not least, soloists Heather Harper and Janet Baker and the John Alldis Choir are superb in their brief contributions. It is a shame that Klemperer did not record the entire score - it would been an even bigger competi- tor to those on the market, but what we have is treasurable indeed.
Lastly, the Lizst Piano Concerto No. 1 is appropriately fiery with a
brilliant contribution from Annie Fischer. This is not, I believe a
work associated with Klemperer, but the performance is the equal of
any on the market today.
This is a wonderful CD that one will enjoy time and again and at the
same time a great introduction for those just acquianting themselves
with on e of the greatest conductors of all time."