Otto Klemperer

February 11, 2017
picture of German-born conductor and composer Otto Klemperer.

German-born conductor and composer Otto Klemperer.

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The great German conductor Otto Klemperer was one of the musical refugees from the Nazis. For a time, he conducted in Los Angeles in the 1930s. One of his far-flung assignments was at the Budapest Opera House in the late 1940s. Radio transcriptions exist of some of the operas he conducted.

On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear some of those recordings.

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