Brahms, Wagner, Beethoven, Mahler
16 Feb 2018
Composer: Wagner, Brahms, Beethoven, Mahler
Other participants: Christa Ludwig, Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus
By the time he made these celebrated recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the early 1960s, Otto Klemperer was a grand old man of conducting. Christa Ludwig, by contrast, was in the glowing early prime of her extraordinary career, which encompassed repertoire for both mezzo-soprano and soprano. "Klemperer was marvellous for the singing," she later said, "because he did nothing against the composer." This collection shows the fruits of their collaboration in Beethoven, Wagner, Brahms and Mahler.