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Brahms, Wagner, Mahler & Beethoven: Lieder / Ludwig, Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra


Release Date: 02/16/2018 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 566890  
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsRichard WagnerGustav MahlerLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Christa Ludwig
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

By the time he made these celebrated recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the early 1960s, Otto Klemperer was a grand old man of conducting. Christa Ludwig, by contrast, was in the glowing early prime of her extraordinary career, which encompassed repertoire for both mezzo-soprano and soprano. "Klemperer was marvellous for the singing," she later said, "because he did nothing against the composer." This collection shows the fruits of their collaboration in Beethoven, Wagner, Brahms and Mahler. By the time he made these celebrated recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the early 1960s, Otto Klemperer was a grand old man of conducting. Christa Ludwig, by contrast, was in the glowing early prime of her extraordinary career, which encompassed repertoire for both mezzo-soprano and soprano. "Klemperer was marvellous for the singing," she later said, "because he did nothing against the composer." This collection shows the fruits of their collaboration in Beethoven, Wagner, Brahms and Mahler. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Austria 
2.
Wesendonck Lieder by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
3.
Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise "Liebestod" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
4.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Excerpt(s) by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
5.
Rückert Lieder (5): Excerpt(s) by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Abscheulicher!...Komm, Hoffnung by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 

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