An inordinately gifted conductor, Istvan Kertsz died aged 43 in a tragic drowning off the Israeli coast. He had already reached full maturity as a musician, proving his worth in opera, oratorio and the symphonic repertoire as his early Decca recordings show. This recording of Haydn's 'Nelson' Mass, where the quality of the choir, under new conductor Stanley Sperber, is commented on in 1973, is accompanied by the great Maureen Forrester in Mahler's 'Kindertotenlieder' - familiar territory.
Recorded live April 1973 Haydn, April 1971 Mahler
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