C0531. OSKAR FRIED Cond. Berlin Staatsoper Orch. & Bruno Kittel Choir, w.Lotte Leonard, Jenny Sonnenberg,
Eugene Transky & Wilhelm Guttmann: Choral Symphony #9 in d (Beethoven). (Canada) Naxos 8.110929, recorded 1929. Transfers by David Lennick. Final Copy! - 636943192924
“Oskar Fried (1871-1941) remains both the most fascinating and elusive of the great Mahler disciples, having fled to Russia after the advent of Hitler’s fascism in Germany and Fried’s having died in Moscow under mysterious circumstances. ‘He was a brilliant conductor, an extremely gifted composer, and a most original personality’, wrote Otto Klemperer. The first to record symphonies by Mahler and Bruckner, Fried also had a penchant for colorful scores which he took at breakneck speeds or with refined sensuality that still leave the hairs on our ears and arms upright.”
- Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition, 23 Aug., 2013
"As a conductor, Fried was in the Nikisch mode – flashy, eccentric, electrifying. Like other conductors of his generation he was inclined to emphasize musical contrasts of whatever sort, attending more to local effects than to broader developments in a composition….with Fried there is seldom a dull moment."
- David Radcliffe, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2006