I have always been a fan of Rudolf Kempe. His interpretations of the the German repertoire were non-pareil in terms of clarity and nuance. This is the first video of him I've seen, and it's a doozy.
Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life) is a great piece, but hard to bring off unless it's by a very sensitive and non- bombastic conductor. Kempe fits the bill perfectly.
Dvorak's "New World Symphony" is treated to more than the usual run-through. Little touches of insight and dynamic nuance abound, and the enthusiastic Proms audience obviously loves the whole thing. Kempe doesn't turn the Adagio into a dirge, unlike some other conductors, and the movement flows beautifully.
As for the sound, I'm still wondering why this is not at least in stereo. The BBC was surely broadcasting in stereo in the mid-seventies? Mono it is, so I had to play with my various virtual surround options to give it some body. The sound itself is a little lacking in depth, and a bit screechy, but it is much better than the Solti/Elgar release on this label (ICA) from the same period. As a comparison, Bernstein's concert performances from that period were much better recorded. So it's 4 stars because of the recording, not the performance. Video is very good, and shows what a sensitive and genteel conductor Kempe was.
I was able to pick this up for under $12 from Classical Music Superstore on the one day they had it at this price, but it's well worth the regular $20 or so.
I hope we are offered more from Kempe with any of the British orchestras he worked with.