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Symphonies Nos 1-4 [Original recording remastered, Box set]

Otto Klemperer Audio CD

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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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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 pił 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: Pił 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 - Pił 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 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Karajan or Klemperer in Brahms? 29 Sep 2005
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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Otto Klempeerer owes his late career in London and on EMI records to von Karajan. Since its founding in 1949, the Philharmonia Orch. was closely allied with Karajan, who built it up as his own career took off after the war. But when Furtwangler died in 1954 and his arch-rvial Karajan took over the Berlin Phil., the impressario of the Philharmonia, Walter Legge, knew that he needed a new stellar conductor or his orchestra would fail. He chose Klemperer, then almost forgotten and already past 65 when he had made his initial appearances wit the Philharmonia in London in 1951.

Legge's gamble paid off. Klemperer became the darling of London critics and audiences, and his performance style-- imposing, serious, with impeccable integrity--became the standard in Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, and Brahms for countless admirers. He cared little for beauty of sound, smooth phrasing, or stylistic refinement. Words like "granitic" and "primordial" were used regularly.

Is Klemperer the antithesis of Karajan, who valued everything that he disdained? Listening to these Brahms symphony recordings in improved sound, I think the Klemperer vs. Karajan debate isn't all that valid. These four readings aren't granitic or primordial, nor are they particularly slow. In fact, the first movement of the Second Sym. moves lightly, as does the finale of the Fourth. If anything, Karajan's presentation is more massive and imposing in every symphony. The main difference begins with Klemperer's steady pace, which he tends to hold without allowing the phrase to be molded as flexibly as Karajan does.

Karajan made three complete Brahms cycles for DG, the last one in digital sound. He was undoubtedly a great Brahms conductor, but so was Klemperer. Here the Philharmonia sounds sharp, alert and not very big in number, while Karajan's Berlin forces sound sumptuous and huge.

These two giants had few peers in Brahms from the death of Toscanini to the present day, excepting Bernstein at his best and occasional recordings by Tennstedt, Giulini, Carlos Kleiber, and perhaps in today's market, Harnoncourt and Levine. Some would also place Bruno Walter's two Brahms cycles at this exalted level, but for me only the mono one with the NY Phil., now available on a Sony import, qualifies in all four symphonies, and besides the inadequate sonics, the orchestra does not play as beautifully as what we hear in this set. It's great to have Klemperer's classic cycle, which is totally free of eccentricity, back in such good sound. Five stars without a doubt.
53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Brahms in Stereo 4 May 2004
By Ralph J. Steinberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I remember when Stereo Review's "The Basic Repetoire" of 1960 reviewed some of these performances. They spoke of the "rare spiritual communion" of the First Symphony, the "rocklike grandeur and nobility" of the Third, and the "heroic conception" of the Fourth. I would add that the Third has a flowing, graceful lyricism that is only equalled by the legendary Mengelberg recording, that the Second is overbrming with joy and high spirits, that the Fourth is both grave and volatile, a very exciting combination of qualities, and that the First is probably the greatest I have ever heard, stunning in it's heroic stride. Likewise, can there be any Alto Rhapsody to equal this, with Christa Ludwig? And the Haydn Variations are very fleet and volatile, sharing honors with the likes of Weingartner, Furtwangler and Toscanini/NYPH. The remastering is amazing; it is beyond dispute that EMI was already making superbly natural-sounding stereo recordings back in the middle and late Fifties. For once, the CD's are sonically superior to the LP counterparts.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My deserted island pick 20 Jun 2005
By Musicus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If I had to go to that deserted island, I would be in doubt of which of these 3 CDs to take with me. I have perhaps 500 classical CDs, but this box stands out. I am not going to write very much, however: Brahms is my favourite composer. Brahms was Klemperer's favourite composer. His conducting is perfect all the way. These are so-called slow interpretations, i.e. compared to Toscanini and Walter, but not slow compared to, say Abbado; I think these tempos are perfectly suited to bring out the richness of the texture. The result I will describe as civilized, human, warm, even hot, dramatic, strictly to the point, even sharp, although there are sharper interpretations out there, but they don't got the same lyrical intensity as Klemperer's.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue remastering/reissue 27 April 2004
By Keith Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This set is long overdue. At long last, EMI decided to compile all of Klemperer's Brahms into this Great Recording of the Century series. It contains all the 4 Brahms symphonies, the academic and tragic overture, the variation on a theme by Haydn and Christa Ludwig's incredible Alto Rhapsody. Unlike other Brahms cycles, Klemperer's Brahms cycle has no weak link!! Everyone of the symphonies is imbued with power and authority. Klemperer's granite strength has to be heard to be believed!!
I used to own the separate issues. But even then, I rushed out to buy this new reissue and remastering. It sounds absolutely fantastic.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Brahms Interpreter 31 Aug 2007
By Johannes Climacus - Published on Amazon.com
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Klemperer's Brahms is not for those who prefer gemütlichkeit to cogency. If geniality is your highest priority, try Bruno Walter's stereo cycle with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra (*not* his altogether tougher monaural cycle with the NYPO). Klemperer was never one to play to the gallery, and so here. Arguably, he probes more deeply beyond the surface consolations of these scores than any other conductor, save for Fürtwängler. By carefully respecting the composer's markings, elucidating his densely contrapuntal textures, and appreciating his introverted temperament (are there any 19th century symphonies *less* flashy than these?), Klemperer succeeds in revealing just how much more there is to this music than usually meets the ear. His interpretation of the c minor has long been on a short list of preferred versions (its thunderous opening surely is imposing), but I find the Second and Third symphonies to be if anything even finer. Both works--yes, even the D major--are haunted by a spirit of melancholy that is only just kept at bay (and which ultimatly crashes the party in the Fourth Symphony), and Klemperer has the rare knack of holding euphonic text and angst-laden subtext in tension. You won't probably be thrilled by these performances as you might by Toscanini or Fürtwängler--but you will be edified and enriched by them. Glorious playing from the Philharmonia (particularly the winds), superb recording, and an unforgettable *Alto Rhapsody* with Ludwig make this set a first choice, at least for introverts like me.
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