C0146. HERMANN ABENDROTH: Unreleased Broadcast Performances: Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms & Wagner, (w.Wilhelm Kempff, Bernd Aldenhoff, Eva Fleischer, etc.). 4-Music & Arts 1065, Broadcast Performances, 1939-50, Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv. Final Sealed Copy! - 017685106521
“Hermann Abendroth (1883–1956) deserves a greater reputation than he has. His neglect is largely due to the fact that he was active in a generation of giants, being a contemporary of Furtwängler, Klemperer, Toscanini, Stokowski, Walter, Beecham, Mravinsky, and Mengelberg, to single out just some of the leading lights. He held the post of Kapellmeister of the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne from 1914 to 1934 but was removed by the Nazi authorities because he was found to be too sympathetic to Jews. However, he subsequently had a thriving career. He was appointed Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus, to replace the Jewish Bruno Walter, and he remained there through the Third Reich while regularly conducting the Berlin Philharmonic and appearing at Bayreuth in 1943 and 1944. After the war Abendroth found himself in East Germany, and because of his Nazi associations he was briefly barred from conducting. He protested that he had never attended any political rally or meeting, which ultimately led to his name being cleared. The Communists appointed him as head of the Radio Orchestra in Leipzig. The bulk of his late career was spent in Communist-controlled countries, including Russia and Czechoslovakia, but also Scandinavia.
Abendroth’s style is not easy to pigeonhole. He tended to favor extremes of tempo, so slow movements (or sections of movements) might be slower than the norm, and conversely quick tempi tended to be on the fast side."
- Henry Fogel, FANFARE
"...[Abendroth] was a bright star in the constellation of German musicians. His recordings are less rare than little known, especially in the West. Though most are late, they are all in the old manner and warrant attention from anyone with an interest in musical traditions."
- David Radcliffe, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./Feb., 1996
“Abendroth’s mastery of musical transitions runs parallel with Furtwängler’s.”
- Rob Cowan, GRAMOPHONE