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Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, 'Scottish' / Symphony No. 4 'Italian'

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  • Orchestra: Vienna Symphony
  • Conductor: Otto Klemperer
  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
  • Audio CD (3 Jun. 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vox
  • ASIN: B000068PYY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Andante Con Moto: Allegro: Un Poco Agitato: Assai Animato
  2. Vivace Non Troppo
  3. Adagio
  4. Allegro Vivacissimo: Allegro Maestoso
  5. Allegro Vivace
  6. Andante Con Moto
  7. Con Moto Moderato
  8. Saltarello: Presto

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This disc is often dismissed by reviewers on two grounds - a) it's mono and from the early fifties b) The Scottish symphony's last two movements are not conducted by Klemperer. In fact, Klemperer's breach with Vox came partly because of b. Ironically, the guiding spirit at Vox at the time was none other than a certain Felix(later correction: my fault - NOT Felix, but GEORGE de) Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, who was following an ancient practice of the recording industry in fielding a substitute conductor when the headline figure was not available and publishing the recording under his name anyway. Among folk who were involved in similar dodges in the past were Szell for Richard Strauss, and Seidler-Winkler for Beecham, not to mention the now admitted role of Craft in many of the stereo Stravinsky recordings issued under the composer's own name. Vox now admit, discreetly and almost illegibly, that the substitute was Professor Herbert Haefner, a Vox conductor in Vienna, who recorded other items under his own name, including Bartok's "Bluebeard's Castle", for the label. His contribution suggests the players were using Klemperer's parts, but there is a distinct lack of conviction about the playing. Which is a pity, because in tempo and phrasing the first two movements are much the best of Klemperer's three surviving attempts at this score, and since we know from them that he integrated his tempi across all four movements, for example taking his tempo for the finale from the scherzo, and the coda of the finale from the introduction to the first movement, there's a chance that it might have been a considerable success. The slower you get in this work, the more of a problem the coda becomes, and Klemperer eventually composed a completely new one.Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars Caveat emptor! 30 Mar. 2004
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These are the notorious monaural recordings from the early 1950s with a scrappy-sounding VSO. One of these symphonies was recorded in part under a different conductor without Otto Klemperer's knowledge, then released under Klemperer's name. This incident caused Klemperer to terminate his contract with Vox. These recordings are not a patch on the stereo versions made in 1960 by EMI with the Philharmonia at its peak--at the time, it was at least the equal of any orchestra in the world--and produced by Walter Legge and Walter Jellinek. Proceed with caution!
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