Death of a Klemperer soprano, aged 95

The German soprano Agnes Giebel, whose career began late in 1947, quickly became a fixture with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Otto Klemperer and the Leipzig Thomanerchor with Günter Ramin.

Admired as a Bach recitalist of rare purity and precision, she also explored the music of Schoenberg, Hindemith and Henze and continued singing up to 1990.

The family today announced news of her death, in Cologne, on April 24.



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  • David says:

    Agnes Giebel! The finest Bach and oratorio soprano ueberhaupt…

    In an interview with August Everding to be found on you tube she tells of being rushed through Bach (‘tempo, Madame, tempo’!) by conductor Hermann Scherchen, after which she made herself unavailable whenever he requested her services.

    She made many recordings, all first rate, to say the least with such as Klemperer, Keilberth, Ansermet, Leonhardt, Ristenpart, Mauersberger,
    Richter et al. Ach, gone are the days….

  • Abel Asch says:

    Estas obscuridades dramáticas, nos hacer recordar con añoranza momentos de luz donde la música es transportadora de nuestros sentimientos sublimes.

  • Yehuda says:

    Yes, an exquisitely splendid singer, indeed.

    Thankfully, there is a grand selection of her recordings on youtube,
    with, in addition to those conductors named above, Jochum, Ancerl,
    Celibedache, Schuricht, Thomas, Rother, Sawallisch, Ramin, Forster…and with the likes of Wunderlich and Fischer Dieskau. Such treasures!

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