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Paul L Althouse
American Record Guide, May 2014

His Mahler is very good if you like it honest and without a lot of gushy sentimentality. Soprano Joan Alexander does well…

Wagner was a specialty of Kempe, and his Parsifal is beautifully played—well controlled and balanced. And the Mendelssohn makes an agreeable filler.

This is a fine tribute to one of the mid-century’s best conductors…It is particularly desirable because the sonics are well above average for monaural from this period. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



José Luis Bermúdez
Classical Net, April 2014

Kempe’s characteristic virtue as a conductor is a remarkable clarity and ability to keep the orchestral lines audibly distinct and yet integrated. This is very important in Mahler and Kempe delivers a fine interpretation of the Fourth. His approach is precise, with a clear sense of purpose and direction.

Kempe’s interpretation is very un-mannered, which is refreshing…The slow movement is the real heart of the symphony and Kempe brings out a wonderful cantabile line.

Kempe allows the richness and intensity of Wagner’s emotional world to emerge without luxuriating in it.

With more than acceptable sound quality, this disc is highly recommended. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review





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