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Klemperer Legacy - Mendelssohn, Schubert / Bavarian Radio So


Release Date: 09/12/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 66868   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnFranz Schubert
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Otto Klemperer’s musical aura is a potent one: no other conductor quite duplicates his forceful but Apollonian clarity... Klemperer’s craggy but flowing way with Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony creates an unusually satisfying vision of the work... Such performances can only come from a conductor whose legacy deserves EMI’s handsome tribute."
-- BBC Music Magazine
"Otto Klemperer’s musical aura is a potent one: no other conductor quite duplicates his forceful but Apollonian clarity... Klemperer’s craggy but flowing way with Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony creates an unusually satisfying vision of the work... Such performances can only come from a conductor whose legacy deserves EMI’s handsome tribute."
-- BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/23/1969 
Venue:  Live  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 44 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/01/1966 
Venue:  Live  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Historical treasures June 23, 2012 By Paul Kistel (Van Nuys, CA) See All My Reviews "This recording (fortunately chosen by Arkiv for a recycle after becoming nearly impossible to find on EMI's backlist) is most valuable because it preserves a performance of Klemperer's idiosyncratic version of his own thoughts on the coda of Mendelssohn's "Scottish" symphony. The unique charm of the work lies in its prevailing melancholy (much pervaded by the associations of its subject matter with the history of Mary, Queen of Scots); Klemperer found the cheery major-key ending of the symphony to be somewhat artificial in light of this atmosphere; and so he took it upon himself to shoehorn in a rejected minor-tinged manuscript ending by the composer himself.

For me, this works well as an alternative to Mendelssohn's more familiar arriere-pensees, and it's good to have it on record if one wants to explore a musical might-have-been.

Klemperer is in good form with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, recorded in the Munich Herkulessaal. His increasing favor for deliberate tempos works well for this symphony, far more deliberate than the more famous Italian; and his dignified approach to the Schubert amounts to an excellent makeweight to the Scottish.
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