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Great 'old-school' Wagner,
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This review is from: Wagner: Operatic Highlights; R. Strauss: Tone Poems (Audio CD)
Most of these show Klemperer at his best in this music in the early 1960s. The performances have power and elegance in equal measure. It is a pity that some of the extracts ('chunks') lack the vocal lines ('bleeding') so that they form examples of Tovey's criticism of Wagner extracts as 'bleeding chunks'. The late Act I recording of Die Walkure is less successful, being extremely slow, but has a sense of the musical architecture that is infallible. The only thing missing is the complete Hollander, but that is available elsewhere. Definitely worth hearing by those brought up to the more modern, objective style of Wagner conducting.