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Otto Klemperer / Klemperer Legacy - Bach, Handel, Beethoven: Sacred Works / [8 CD]

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Works:

CD1-2

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 - 1750

Mass in B minor BWV232

Agnes Giebel soprano * Janet Baker mezzo-soprano * Nicolai Gedda tenor

Hermann Prey baritone * Franz Crass bass-baritone

BBC Chorus chorus master Peter Gellhorn

New Philharmonia Orchestra

CD3-5

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 - 1750

St Matthew Passion BWV244

Peter Pears tenor (Evangelist) * Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau baritone (Jesus)

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf soprano (Soprano arias/Pilate’s Wife/Maid)

Christa Ludwig mezzo-soprano (Contralto arias) * Nicolai Gedda tenor (Tenor arias)

Walter Berry bass-baritone (Bass arias/Peter) * John Carol Case baritone (Judas)

Otakar Kraus baritone (Pontius Pilate/High Priest/Priest)

Helen Watts soprano (Maid/Witness) * Geraint Evans baritone (Priest)

Wilfred Brown tenor (Witness)

Boys of Hampstead Parish Church Choir chorus master Martindale Sidwell

Philharmonia Chorus chorus master Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra

CD6-7

George Frideric Handel 1685 - 1759

Messiah HWV56

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf soprano * Grace Hoffman contralto

Nicolai Gedda tenor * Jerome Hines bass

Philharmonia Chorus chorus master Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra

CD8

Ludwig van Beethoven 1770 - 1827

Missa solemnis in D Op.123

Elisabeth Söderström soprano * Marga Höffgen contralto

Waldemar Kmentt tenor * Martti Talvela bass

New Philharmonia Chorus chorus master Wilhelm Pitz

New Philharmonia Orchestra

This set brings together acclaimed recordings of four sacred choral masterpieces, all under the baton of the legendary Otto Klemperer. The works here all played an important role in Klemperer's long and distinguished career, and some of them were among the music that meant most to him; indeed, he once called Bach's B minor Mass 'the greatest and most unique music ever written.' Klemperer's love of this music manifests itself in performances of overwhelming power, grandeur and majesty, supported by some of the most accomplished soloists of the time.



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