Notes & Reviews:
The Viennese conductor Clemens Krauss was one of the three great Classicists who died relatively young in the early 1950s: the others were Fritz Busch and Erich Kleiber. It has been said that Krauss made few records but in truth a reasonable representation of his art was captured for posterity. He first recorded in July 1929, with the Vienna Philharmonic, and his series of 78 rpm discs with the orchestra still sound exceptional. For this CD, Opus Kura has selected two examples of his art. The 1950 performance with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra of the incidental music to "A Midsmmer Night's Dream" is Krauss's sole record of music by Mendelssohn. In this performance, the music really comes alive, as you will hear. Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony was performed in April, 1951, with the orchestra of the old German Opera House in Prague, which found a new home in Bamberg after the war.
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