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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sacred Classics given the Klemperer Treatment, 5 Oct 2013
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Keith Spillett (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Whilst this recording of Beethoven's 'Missa Solemnis' still stands as amongst the best available versions, the Bach and Handel works may be perceived as too heavy and slow by modern audiences, who are used to the smaller scale, more 'authentic', performances which are favoured now. Although they take a bit of getting used to at first, it's well worth persevering with these recordings, because they are 'of their period' and remain fine performances, particularly when compared to other versions available at the time of their original release. Playing and singing are first rate, as are the excellent Kingsway Hall recordings, the set only narrowly missing 5 star status for the reasons highlighted above.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars old friends, 7 Oct 2013
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The Missa Solemnis and the Matthew Passion are self recommending (if the latter was good enough for Richter, I'm not going to argue); I had also forgotten the sheer clarity of the diction in Messiah; and the b minor mass now seems less of a paradox than it once did, with it's chamber forces and steady tempi style becoming increasing the norm in 'post modernist/post revisionist' times.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB, 18 Oct 2013
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AMAZING COLLECTION !!! I AM THOROUGHLY ENJOYING LISTENING TO THIS COLLECTION OF SACRED WORKS BY THE CONDUCTOR OTTO KLEMPERER. I ADORE SACRED MUSIC AND THIS COLLECTION DOES NOT DISAPPOINT
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