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At the height of his popularity in the 1920s, Walter Braunfels was among the most performed composers in Germany along with Strauss and Schrecker, his operatic and orchestral works highly respected by leading conductors and performers. His music, though dramatically and contrapuntally adventurous, rejected Viennese developments, and this recording, made in 1952 two years before his death, demonstrates the commitment of conductor Günter Wand and a fine gathering of Cologne artists to a composer of vigorous strength. This emotionally extrovert Te Deum was written in 1921.

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