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A huge embrace for this set of deeply impressive performances, relevant rather historical, a lifetime’s listening, made all the more bountiful by the superb remastering (once again, as in Otto Klemperer Volume One) of the master-tapes – the yesteryears become yesterday, as a dip into Klemperer’s classic versions of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis and Brahms’s German Requiem confirm – readings for all seasons. Stellar singers throughout, attractive original artwork, and a couple of behind-the-scenes audio documentaries. Warner Classics 5419752899 (29 CDs).

Bach St Matthew Passion
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Bach Mass in B-minor — Choruses
Beethoven Fidelio
Handel Messiah
Mozart Die Zauberflöte (without dialogue, as originally issued)
Beethoven Missa solemnis
Mozart Don Giovanni
Bonus Documentary “Klemperer’s Don Giovanni: Behind the scenes” by Jon Tolansky
Bach Mass in B-minor
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer
Wagner Die Walküre: Act I & Wotan’s Farewell
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro
Mozart Cosi fan tutte
Bonus Documentary “An Opera Souvenir” by Jon Tolansky

Helga Dernesch (soprano)
Mirella Freni (soprano)
Agnes Giebel (soprano)
Reri Grist (soprano)
Ingeborg Hallstein (soprano)
Gundula Janowitz (soprano)
Christa Ludwig (soprano)
Lucia Popp (soprano)
Margaret Price (soprano)
Ruth-Margret Putz (soprano)
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)
Anja Silja (soprano)
Elisabeth Soderstrom (soprano)
Claire Watson (soprano)
Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Teresa Berganza (mezzo-soprano)
Yvonne Minton (mezzo-soprano)
Annelies Burmeister (contralto)
Marga Hoffgen (contralto)
Grace Hoffman (contralto)
Luigi Alva (tenor)
William Cochran (tenor)
Nicolai Gedda (tenor)
Waldemar Kmentt (tenor)
Ernst Kozub (tenor)
Peter Pears (tenor)
Gerhard Unger (tenor)
Jon Vickers tenor (tenor)
Gabriel Bacquier (baritone)
Norman Bailey (baritone)
Geraint Evans (baritone)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)
Hermann Prey (baritone)
Walter Berry (bass-baritone)
Theo Adam (bass)
Franz Crass (bass)
Gottlob Frick (bass)
Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass)
Jerome Hines (bass)
Martti Talvela (bass)
Philharmonia Chorus
BBC Chorus
John Alldis Choir
Philharmonia Orchestra
New Philharmonia Orchestra