Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wagner - Overtures and Preludes - Tennstedt, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra







The late Klaus Tennstedt was an on-again, off-again conductor. When he was good, he was incendiary; and when he was bad, he was really a mess. It didn't help that most of his records were made with the London Philharmonic, possibly Klaus Tennstedtthe most slovenly orchestra in the UK on any given day. Here, with the much, much finer Berlin Philharmonic under his baton, he evidently had a series of good days. These are very fine performances of Wagner orchestral favorites, and the only thing that may have prevented their being acclaimed on initial release was the not-so-great early digital sound--nicely cleaned up on this economical and intelligent remastering. --David Hurwitz


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