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Otto Klemperer Conducts Beethoven, Brahms and Bruckner Box set, Original recording remastered

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  • 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)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,412 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. BRAHMS Symphonies Nos. 1+3

Disc: 2

  1. BRUCKNER Symphonies Nos. 4, 7, 8

Disc: 3

  1. BRUCKNER Symphonies Nos. 4, 7, 9

Disc: 4

  1. BRUCKNER Symphonies Nos. 4, 7, 10

Disc: 5

  1. BEETHOVEN Symphonies Nos. 1-9 „Egmont“, incidental music (excerpts)

Disc: 6

  1. BEETHOVEN Symphonies Nos. 1-9 „Egmont“, incidental music (excerpts)

Disc: 7

  1. BEETHOVEN Symphonies Nos. 1-9 „Egmont“, incidental music (excerpts)

Disc: 8

  1. BEETHOVEN Symphonies Nos. 1-9 „Egmont“, incidental music (excerpts)

Disc: 9

  1. BEETHOVEN Symphonies Nos. 1-9 „Egmont“, incidental music (excerpts)

Disc: 10

  1. BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2; BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.4 - Geza Anda/Kolner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester

Product Description

Product Description

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.

Review

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)

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By Music Lover TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2012
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Otto Klemperer(OK) was one of the last century's greatest conductors,and this box set is a super bargain--in fact,most of the performances here can be bought individually,each one costing more than the total of this 10cd set.Performances are taken from radio broadcasts,but in all cases are very fair sonically(mono,of course)but here we have a younger,faster,more dynamic OK than would be the case in his later years.
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.
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I am old enough to remember Klemperer's performances with the New Philharmomia in the Royal Festival in the early 1970s. Even then, when, sometimes he looked so ill that he would not even get through the piece, and seemed on occasions to be carried through by a loyal orchestra, he was capable of producing unforgettable moments. Of all these the most sublime was his conducting of the long slow movement in Bruckner's 8th symphony. No-one has ever, to my mind, come nearer to reaching the core of this symphony than Klemperer did on that occasion (though that performance was marred by savage cuts to the last movement). Therefore I was extremely interested to buy this box if only for this.
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.
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For anyone else fancying this Klemperer there's some very good live/off-air stuff in it but also some EMI material in less good sound than "official" releases.

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)
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I came across this CD-set purely by accident! While I stayed in Vienna last march due to my concerts there. I had some rehearsals near the Maria Hilferstrasse. At the U-Bahn station (U2!) and there's in the basement, this little typical bookstore.. They sell hundreds of Albums issued by Membran Music Ltd!
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.
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An excellent collection with mostly live recordings of Brahms, Bruckner and Beethoven. A must if you are a Klemperer fan. The discs are well filled and the sound is very good. Enjoy!

CD1 [78:14]
BRAHMS
Symphony No. 1, Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Klemperer, 1955, WDR (Live)
Symphony No. 3, Philharmonia Orchestra, Klemperer, 1959

CD2 [55:53]
BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 4 "Romantic" (Version: 1878/80, rev. 1886)
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Klemperer, 1954, NWDR Köln (Live)

CD3 [60:25]
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7, Wiener Symphoniker, Klemperer, 1958 (Live)

CD4 [72:05]
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8 (Version: 1889/90)
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Klemperer, 1957, WDR (Live)

CD5 [75:17]
BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 1, Philharmonia Orchestra, Klemperer, 1960 (Vienna, Live)
Symphony No. 3 "Eroica", Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Klemperer, 1954 (NWDR Köln, Live)

CD6 [75:55]
BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 2, Philharmonia Orchestra, Klemperer, 1960 (Vienna, Live)
Symphony No. 7, Philharmonia Orchestra, Klemperer, 1955

CD7 [78:35]
BEETHOVEN
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)
Overture
Lied: Die Trommel gerühret
Lied: Freudvoll und leidvoll, gedankenvoll sein
Musik, Clärchens Tod bezeichnend: Larghetto
Birgit Nilsson, soprano, Philharmonia Orchestra, Klemperer, 1957

CD8 [78:20]
BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5, Philharmonia Orchestra, Klemperer, 1955
Symphony No.
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