Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Klemperer conducts Mahler in memory of Robert Kennedy 1968

1968.

I was up in Summer college in the far North West of Ireland learning gaelic and falling madly in love with every girl I saw.

On June the 5th, Robert Kennedy was assasinated. The picture always scares me. He's younger than I am, and he has a look on his face of I'm going to be OK, right?

At the Wiener Festwoche, shortly afterwards, Otto Klemperer was scheduled to conduct Mahler's ninth. He prefaced the performance with Mozart's masonic funeral music, and dedicated the concert the the memory of Kennedy.

The recording sounds like a good quality tape, and was posted in a now-defunct Spanish Mahler forum which I used to read to keep up my Spanish. And for the Mahler, of course. It's at 192 kbs, mp3, which was state of the art in those days.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Souzay : Schumann Dichterliebe - rare early recording

Apparently Souzay was very critical of his own early recordings, and resisted attempts to reissue them. Certainly, his singing grew in stature as he got older, but there is also something wonderful about the freshness of his youthful interpretations.

Here is is with Jacqueline Bonneau, in Schumann's Dichterliebe, with a bonus of four Wolf lieder thrown in.

Many thanks to Frits, who originally uploaded this, and with whose kind permission I've uploaded it here. The LP is in great condition considering its age!

mp3, mono, about 220 kbs, VBR, tracked and tagged.

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