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Offline Christabel

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Klaus Tennstedt died 20 years ago
« on: January 12, 2018, 12:10:22 AM »
I've been reminded of this wonderful conductor, since it's 20 years yesterday since he died.  What are some of his memorable performances for you?  I love his "Vier Letzte Lieder" with Popp.

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Re: Klaus Tennstedt died 20 years ago
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 05:57:31 AM »
I tend to associate him with Mahler.
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Re: Klaus Tennstedt died 20 years ago
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 06:07:48 AM »
Tennstedt was also a fine old-style conductor of Mozart, whom he esteemed as highly as Mahler, somewhat fancifully referring to them as the "two Ms".  His performing repertoire actually extended further outside of the core Austro-Germanic repertoire than his EMI recording legacy might suggest, and he brought a spirit of discovery to all that he conducted.
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Re: Klaus Tennstedt died 20 years ago
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 06:21:15 AM »
One of my favorite Prokofiev albums I own, especially for the 7th, where Tennstedt and Co. offer a dramatic reading. Powerful stuff.


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Re: Klaus Tennstedt died 20 years ago
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2018, 01:45:13 PM »
Tennstedt was also a fine old-style conductor of Mozart, whom he esteemed as highly as Mahler, somewhat fancifully referring to them as the "two Ms".  His performing repertoire actually extended further outside of the core Austro-Germanic repertoire than his EMI recording legacy might suggest, and he brought a spirit of discovery to all that he conducted.

I loved that last sentence of yours! :)

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Re: Klaus Tennstedt died 20 years ago
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2018, 01:58:13 PM »
One of my favorite Prokofiev albums I own, especially for the 7th

Amen, brother.

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Re: Klaus Tennstedt died 20 years ago
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2018, 02:25:44 PM »
I love his "Vier Letzte Lieder" with Popp.

I do too...and love also his Also sprach Zarathustra, both the LPO studio recording and the live performance I heard him conduct in Cleveland in 1979 (an all Strauss concert with T und V, the Oboe Concerto, and ASZ).

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Re: Klaus Tennstedt died 20 years ago
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2018, 04:40:53 PM »
Live Mahler 2 and Mahler 5:





The LPO issue made a splash some years ago, and I had bought it based on some rave review, then filed it away.  It wasn't until I heard this Mahler 5 that I sat up and took notice.  Every phrase seems to be carefully characterized, nothing is routine.  I then went back to listen to 2, which is among the slowest performances (of a work that often tends to lose my attention), but absolutely riveting.




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Re: Klaus Tennstedt died 20 years ago
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2018, 06:48:39 PM »
A great Mahlerian, but I was quite surprised by how good his Strauss was. The recording he made with Lucia Popp of Vier letzte Lieder is absolutely exquisite and in a class of it’s own.
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Re: Klaus Tennstedt died 20 years ago
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2018, 10:37:07 AM »
Some of you may be interested in this (I hope it downloads OK):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0093yvt

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Re: Klaus Tennstedt died 20 years ago
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2018, 07:14:57 PM »
Some of you may be interested in this (I hope it downloads OK):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0093yvt

No problem downloading it. Thank you.

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Re: Klaus Tennstedt died 20 years ago
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2018, 08:57:08 AM »
This is old news, then.
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Re: Klaus Tennstedt died 20 years ago
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2018, 10:43:52 PM »
This is old news, then.

Yes, I posted it because the 20th anniversary of Tennstedt's death occurred just days ago.