- Audio CD (23 Jan. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 10
- Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
- Label: Documents
- ASIN: B005DCMVOI
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Otto Klemperer Conducts Beethoven, Brahms and Bruckner Box set, Original recording remastered
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Opera, Hans Pfitzner fetched the conductor to Strasbourg, Klemperer conducted the premiere performance of Korngold's The Dead City as Cologne's general director ofmusic - and as director of the Kroll Opera in Berlin he was responsible for the house's revolutionary programme.
During the emigration years he studied composition in the United States with Arnold Schönberg. Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) was both passionate and reflective and his strict readings of scores turned concerts and recordings into almost monumental documents of his art - first and foremost those recorded in the last two decades of the conductor's life and in particular while interpreting the works of the great symphonists Beethoven, Brahms and Bruckner.
No-one less than Gustav Mahler recommended Otto Klemperer to the Hamburg Opera, Hans Pfitzner fetched the conductor to Strasbourg, Klemperer conducted the premiere performance of Korngold s The Dead City as Cologne s general director of music and as director of the Kroll Opera in Berlin he was responsible for the house s revolutionary programme. During the emigration years he studied composition in the United States with Arnold Schönberg. Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) was both passionate and reflective and his strict readings of scores turned concerts and recordings into almost monumental documents of his art first and foremost those recorded in the last two decades of the conductor s life and in particular while interpreting the works of the great symphonists Beethoven, Brahms and Bruckner. The fact that the majority of the recordings featured in this 10CD boxed set were captured live combines the everlasting with the immediate. --(label statement)
Top Customer Reviews
The Bruckner 8 alone is worth the price--a recent 3 cd set of OK's Bruckner didn't have an 8,a great pity--and when you consider all of the other material,this is a great buy.Well worth the modest outlay.
Although this, as most of the other cds in this set, was taken from a radio recording in the 1950s the sound is very clear and faithful; here we get Klemperer's insights and understanding of musical structure in a performance more lithe and flowing than that of his later years but wonderfully balanced as I remembered it, with chamber orchestra like sensitivity between (for example) horns and strings and the harp (an unusual instrument in Bruckner)
The contrast between the quiet end of the slow movement and the blazing start of the finale is particularly successful.
In this box we also get the wonderful performance of Bruckner's 7th with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra which alone sells on another label for £11.75: this famous performance was described by critics of the time as "song-like, full of streaming lyricism and powerfully shaped climaxes; the music sang and flowed in a manner that seemed to relate it to Schubert's symphonies."
Then we get the 1954 Cologne Bruckner 4. Klemperer conducted this on many occasions and recorded it several times.Read more ›
For me this was worth buying for an extremely uncomprosing Bruckner 8. A sort of anti-Jochum (I love Jochum but the counter view is interesting).
Full content is as follows
Beethoven 1, 2, 6, 8 - Philharmonia live in Vienna (1960)
Beethoven 3, 4, 9 - Cologne RSO live (1954-1958)
Beethoven 5, 7 - Philharmonia 1955 EMI recordings (not the ones from the complete cycle)
Beethoven Egmont - Philharmonia 1957 EMI recording
Brahms 1 - Cologne RSO live (1955)
Brahms 3 - Philharmonia 1959 EMI recording - but see Graham's post below
Bruckner 4, 8 - Cologne RSO live (1954-1957)
Bruckner 7 - Vienna SO live (1958)
Concertos - Cologne RSO live (1954-1956)
So I decided to buy a set of Klemperer, since he is 'also' one of my favorites! The price is 10 Euros ONLY!
1. ABSOLUTE topper is the live performance of the 9th Symphony by Beethoven. It is one of the best performances that I ever heard in y entire life.
Of course, 'Live' ..there occur imperfect matters during the uncut recording.. BUT THIS does NOT matter at all. The music emerges from its deepest senses into a majestic quiet 'Tempo di ritenuto', so intense: that one has to bite his lips, not to cry during the famous 'Alle Menschen werden Brueder'.
2. The second Beethoven Symphony (CD6) is also a unique experience. Performed, most likely for a radio broadcast.. in Vienna. But now, luckily for us; public domain. It shows Klemperer in his supreme powers with 'his' Philharmonia Orchestra.
3. Some Beethoven symphonies are taken from the EMI recordings f.i. the 5th recorded in 1955. To my big surprise, the sound on EMI seems FAR superior than this so 'newly' remastered one, though. The recording sound is too sharp, almost also as if they increased the pitch a bit.. sorry to say. ((reminds me on Gehbard 'remastered' records!.. so NOt good))
3. The Bruckner symphonies are also a distinguished treat. Interesting: it are live performances. Surprisingly; Klemperer takes faster tempo's than his colleagues, Furtwaengler, Jochum or Karajan. Especially in the Finale of the VIIIth symphony, it becomes obvious.Read more ›
Symphony No. 1, Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Klemperer, 1955, WDR (Live)
Symphony No. 3, Philharmonia Orchestra, Klemperer, 1959
Symphony No. 4 "Romantic" (Version: 1878/80, rev. 1886)
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Klemperer, 1954, NWDR Köln (Live)
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7, Wiener Symphoniker, Klemperer, 1958 (Live)
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8 (Version: 1889/90)
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Klemperer, 1957, WDR (Live)
Symphony No. 1, Philharmonia Orchestra, Klemperer, 1960 (Vienna, Live)
Symphony No. 3 "Eroica", Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Klemperer, 1954 (NWDR Köln, Live)
Symphony No. 2, Philharmonia Orchestra, Klemperer, 1960 (Vienna, Live)
Symphony No. 7, Philharmonia Orchestra, Klemperer, 1955
Symphony No. 4, Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Klemperer, 1954, NWDR Köln (Live)
Symphony No. 8, Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, 1960 (Vienna, Live)
"Egmont", incidental music (excerpts)
Lied: Die Trommel gerühret
Lied: Freudvoll und leidvoll, gedankenvoll sein
Musik, Clärchens Tod bezeichnend: Larghetto
Birgit Nilsson, soprano, Philharmonia Orchestra, Klemperer, 1957
Symphony No. 5, Philharmonia Orchestra, Klemperer, 1955
Symphony No.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful value 'set' although the choice of Beethoven Symphony performances is rather arbitrary. Why, for example, include the 1960 First and Eighth with the Philharmonia in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Phillip Sorensen
Otto Klemperer was a star conductor of the 1960's when he recorded extensively for EMI. By that stage, however, he was old and ailing and his performances were slow. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rf And Tm Walters
Stunning value for £9.99 ! Excellent mono sound but more importantly, terrific performances showing what a formidable conductor the younger Klemperer was in the 1950's. Read morePublished 17 months ago by desiderata
Otto Klemperer was one of the great conductors of the twentieth century. Some of his recordings of the Beethoven and Brahms symphonies mostly with the Philharmonia Orchestra are... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ali Tigrel
Noted preformances by a a world renowned conductor , conveniently packaged and sold inexpensively,there to be enjoyed whenever one wishesPublished on 26 Dec. 2013 by Joyce
I was shocked at the first CD of the Brahms Sym # 1, very different what I have been listing to. That's very powerful, beautiful, and exciting. Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2013 by sakura
If you can get this set for around £10 then it is certainly well worth investing in for the quality of the music making. Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2012 by Mr Swallow