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German conductor Otto Klemperer attended the Hoch Conservatorium in Frankfurt-am-Main, studied violin and piano at the Klindworth-Scharwenka and Stern Conservatories in Berlin, and composition with the German composer Pfitzner. He made his début in Berlin in 1905, where he conducted fifty performances of Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, not a work that would now be identified ... Read more in Amazon's Otto Klemperer Store

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  • Performer: Philharmonia Chorus
  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Otto Klemperer
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (16 Feb 2004)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00018GJHY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a 'St Antoni Chorale' (1992 - Remaster): Thema: Chorale St. Antoni (Andante)Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 2:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a 'St Antoni Chorale' (1992 - Remaster): Variation I: Poco più animatoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 1:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a 'St Antoni Chorale' (1992 - Remaster): Variation II: Più vivacePhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer0:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a 'St Antoni Chorale' (1992 - Remaster): Variation III: Con motoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 1:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a 'St Antoni Chorale' (1992 - Remaster): Variation IV: Andante con motoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a 'St Antoni Chorale' (1992 - Remaster): Variation V: VivacePhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer0:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a 'St Antoni Chorale' (1992 - Remaster): Variation VI: VivacePhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a 'St Antoni Chorale' (1992 - Remaster): Variation VII: GraziosoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a 'St Antoni Chorale' (1992 - Remaster): Variation VIII: Presto Non TroppoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer0:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a 'St Antoni Chorale' (1992 - Remaster): Finale: AndantePhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op.68 (1999 - Remaster): I. Un poco sostenuto - AllegroPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer14:06Album Only
Listen12. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op.68 (1999 - Remaster): II. Andante sostenutoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 9:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op.68 (1999 - Remaster): III. Un poco allegretto e graziosoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 4:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op.68 (1999 - Remaster): IV. Adagio - Più andante - Allegro non troppo ma con brioPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer15:59Album Only


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op.73 (1999 - Remaster): I. Allegro non troppoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer15:02Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op.73 (1999 - Remaster): II. Adagio non troppoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 9:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op.73 (1999 - Remaster): III. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi Andantino)Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 5:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op.73 (1999 - Remaster): IV. Allegro con spiritoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 9:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op.90 (1999 - Remaster): I. Allegro con brio - un poco sostenuto - Tempo IPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer13:04Album Only
Listen  6. Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op.90 (1999 - Remaster): II. AndantePhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 8:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op.90 (1999 - Remaster): III. Poco allegrettoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 6:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op.90 (1999 - Remaster): IV. Allegro - un poco sostenutoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 9:14£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Academic Festival Overture, Op.80 (1999 - Remaster)Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer10:14Album Only
Listen  2. Tragic Overture, Op.81 (1999 - Remaster)Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer12:38Album Only
Listen  3. Alto Rhapsody, Op.53 (1999 - Remaster)Christa Ludwig/Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer12:35Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op.98 (1999 - Remaster): I. Allegro non troppoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer12:24Album Only
Listen  5. Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op.98 (1999 - Remaster): II. Andante moderatoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer10:19Album Only
Listen  6. Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op.98 (1999 - Remaster): III. Allegro giocosoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 6:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op.98 (1999 - Remaster): IV. Allegro energico e passionatoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 9:47£0.99  Buy MP3 

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Colin Fortune VINE VOICE on 14 Jan 2009
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This is vintage Brahms and vintage Klemperer, recorded in the late 1950's when the conductor was at the height of his powers it is in many ways a summation of his whole approach to the great German classics: unexaggerated, noble and making every note count. The Philharmonia perform marvels and are set out across the sound stage with the first and second violins antiphonally placed. The orchestra's brass section was, at this time, one of the most rounded and rich on record and it can be heard to great effect in the First Symphony, particularly in the finale where there is no pulling back for the great horn statement of the major theme (and indeed no romantic messing with tempi at all).

Symphony 1: Klemperer starts massively with thundering timpani - a most dramatic conception. There is, as was usual at this time, no exposition repeat in the first movement, but given the amplitude and heft of the performance this hardly matters. All the inner movements go well and the whole thing culminates in one of the most noble and massive finales in the Brahms discography. This set is worth buying for this disc alone! But things get better...

The Second Symphony has also something of the stern and "concentrated" tone that is Klemperer's hallmark. Again, there is no exposition repeat and again this does not matter particularly. The Second is the "warmest" of the four symphonies and Klemperer does not let this go for nothing. Indeed, the rumbustious final movement is exhilarating in a most delightful way - a sort of galumphing humour when compared to Bruno Walter, perhaps, but perfectly valid in its own way.

Symphony 3 also has this "concentrated sound" and is strong on presenting the symphonic form.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clarthur on 29 Nov 2012
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Having previously purchased a more recently produced set of these symphonies, I found myself rather less moved than I would have hoped for, as I think they are among the greatest pieces of music ever written. These recordings are wonderful and a thorough pleasure to listen to. The quality of sound is excellent. Sometimes old is best!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. D. Humphreys on 18 Jan 2007
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The Brahms syphonies are all masterpieces, but they don't always come off well on CD: they are more difficult to get right than more superficially flashy music. Klemperer, similarly, made lots of recordings, but not all of them are universally acclaimed. However here, everything is just right. The music is treated with the respect and attention to detail you would expect, but there's also sparkle. Klemperer makes the repeats and separates the violins, and he also, remarkably, keeps the basic pulse of the movements rock-steady, and yet gives the impression of allowing the flow to alter when needed. These are performances that anyone will enjoy, and which will give more pleasure the more you listen to them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glilla Bear on 1 May 2013
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I grew up with these monumental performances and I have never doubted my first impression, that these are the greatest performances I have ever heard, live or on disc, of the most awe-inspiringly magnificent corpus of symphonies certainly since Beethoven and notwithstanding Mahler and Bruckner. I have only ever found Kempe's (BPO) First and Horenstein's Third to rival Klemperer's: for my money, in the other two there is no plausible competition.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Sena Lino on 2 Dec 2008
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I knew my Brahms through a Giulini's concert, but soon afterwards I prefered Furtwängler's approach: he made of Brahms one of the most profetic, inner and anguished symphonies of all time. For all that love Brahms, I recommend Furtwängler at first sight.
I admire Klemperer's readings, and I was thrilled when this Box with all the Symphonies was reissued. This is a very good approach in Klemperer's Brahms: the Academic Festival Overture is sparkling, inventive, and also can be heard as if it was Brahms' workshop work: we can understand much of his harmonics and development thoughts in this Klemperer interpretation. The Tragic Overture is very well kept in its tensional approach.
As for the rest: the First is perfect in architecture, but there are more thrilling performances (Haitink, Abendroth, Furtwängler); the Second a surprise, like a being in movement (but Haitink, Furtwängler or Knappersbuch have brought other lights). The Third is driven from the last Beethoven, and is a good reading, but I prefer Furtwängler (breathless) or Reiner (architectural). The Fourth is, with the Second, a hell of a surprise: all the tempi flow without stopping, a tragic wind-whirling experience. This is one of the best recordings I know, comparable to the majestic reading by Fritz Reiner.
Well, what to do? Definitely buy it. The comparisons on interpretation will be a magnificent moment. But there are aspects in these works that only Klemperer could made talk. And that's worth listening.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Angus on 10 Jan 2006
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The first is immense, the second is rhythmically and harmonically incredible, the fourth is also staggering. Add to that a wonderful Alto Rhapsody and the Tragic Overture (good HV too) and you've got something very worth owning. The third is still good, but I think - as the notes could be taken to suggest - Klemperer perhaps didn't get it quite right. It glows, but perhaps not enough. I may be wrong. Some people love it. (I'm waiting to hear Jochum's early recording.)
This set will delight.
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