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Mozart: Symphonies 29, 35 'Haffner', 38 'Prague', 39, 40 & 41 'Jupiter' [CD]

Otto Klemperer Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Otto Klemperer
  • Audio CD (6 Mar 2006)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000CR5RXG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante
3. Menuetto
4. Allegro con spirito
5. Adagio_Allegro
6. Andante
7. Presto
8. I. Adagio - Allegro
9. II. Andante con moto
10. III. Menuetto & Trio
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Disc: 2
1. Allegro con spirito
2. Andante
3. Menuetto
4. Presto
5. Molto allegro
6. Andante
7. Menuetto
8. Allegro assai
9. I. Allegro vivace
10. II. Andante cantabile
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4.0 out of 5 stars An old master in some old masterpieces. 15 Dec 2010
EMI seems to have decided on a stereo compilation. Which means compromises. Walter Legge tells the story of Klemperer's response to the invitation to to conduct at the Festival of Britain in the new Festival Hall - a programme designed to celebrate Britishness with the Enigma Variations. Klemperer insisted on dropping the Elgar. Hackles rose and there were mutters about German conductors. But the performance of the 'Jupiter" symphony which replaced it was by all accounts quite exceptional, and was one of the factors which induced Legge to offer Klemperer an extended EMI contract. You would not guess it from this performance from the early 1960s, but the mono recording made in the early fifties after the RFH appearance and available on Testament, coupled with Symphony No 29, gives some idea of Klemperer's best in Mozart. EMI, I think rightly, chose to put two 1956 stereo recordings in this collection, Nos 39 (not reased in stereo previously) and 40, which are also better than their later counterparts. The "Prague" is one of his better stereo Mozart recordings. No 29 is not the equal of the mono, but it will not disappoint. The "Haffner" was highly praised in its day and has continued to be.

That is, if you like big band Mozart, which isn't itself all that 'unhistorical". Eighteenth century orchestras could be pretty big. What is still impressive about these examples is their uncompromising rigour, breadth, and sense of structure. Klemperer does not set out to charm his way through. He grew up in the age of the big orchestra of Mahler and Strauss (who himself was a passionate Mozartian and a highly influential Mozart conductor) and saw no contradiction in looking at Mozart through Brahmsian spectacles.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars Kind of a must-have! 7 Feb 2014
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Mozart's 29th symphony is a favorite of mine. I love this particular piece of music and so take great delight in listening to different versions, and find this one to definitely be a keeper, even though it is not the version that brought the symphony to my notice. That was in one of the old "Inspector Morse" mysteries from BBC. Watched it on TV but couldn't find the music credit, then later saw on DVD and still no music credit so had to go on a monumental listening program to find out which one it was! (Has life become so crass that they don't do music credits any more?) Lord knows how many I will wind up borrowing or buying. The other one I have so far is von Karajan's, which is - different from this one but I think just as good. Still do not know whose was used on the BBC "Inspector Morse," but would like to have that version as well, in case anyone happens to know.
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