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  • Audio CD (February 19, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Membran
  • ASIN: B00AXGX60C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,097,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Eder on February 20, 2013
I'm not yet all the way through this set, but can say that the fidelity is stunning -- and we can credit that to the original late mono-era recordings and some careful transferring. The textures and timbre of the instruments are exceptionally vivid. Additionally, this was all done long before Klemperer's most serious health problems manifested themselves, and the tempos are comparatively brisk, not only in terms of his work -- and I should state that I don't find his slow tempos, when they became a factor, to be that much of a problem -- but also the usual approach to Bach in those old days before the advent of the "authenticity" movement in the performance of Baroque era music. He does as much as -- and perhaps more than, say, Beecham -- to strip out the most awkward and difficult problems inherent in performing this music with a large, modern orchestra (for contrast, sometime check out the Cantelli/New York Philharmonic recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, done not long after the sessions for the recordings at hand). Large parts of these performances are downright sprightly, and the playing immaculate. It should be noted also here, for those who care, that these are, near as one can say, the very same performances that were released a few years ago by Testament Records at a much higher price -- as Membran doesn't list any licensing information, they're probably taking advantage of the limited copyright on the original recordings; one can only hope that Testament has recouped its investment, which would have been considerable, in these recordings, as the markedly lower price on this set seems certain to eclipse its more expensive predecessor. The Testament set does have additional pieces by Gluck et al that don't appear on this set (on which the Bach is joined by the Handel A-minor Concerto Grosso Op. 6 -- which is also on the Testament set).
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