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Klemperer Legacy - Beethoven: Symphonies No 4 & 5


Release Date: 09/12/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 66865   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A generosity of gesture, a great range of timbral and harmonic colour, and above all, a depth that you simply won’t hear nowadays.

“Haydn gone mad” was Sir Roger Norrington’s choice phrase for Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony. Not that it is remotely apt for Klemperer’s performance of it here. "Waggish and slightly deranged Bruckner" often seems closer to the mark, with the firm and cleanly defined bass-lines almost sounding like organ pedals. And the vibrato-rich cantabile of the Munich strings in its Adagio second movement shows us a different side to Klemperer from the Philharmonia recordings – less of the stoic. The pacing of these movements, and the Andante con moto of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, can with
Read more justification be called a sublimely unhurried progress, and shows Klemperer’s concerns at the time working with the music, allowing a generosity of gesture, and a great range of timbral and harmonic colour, even corners turned with affection and elegance – above all, a depth – that you simply won’t hear nowadays. And their passages of strong rhythmic address (incomparably grand) are enhanced by timpani-playing of great flair.

-- John Steane, Gramophone [Awards 1998]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/30/1969 
Venue:  Live  Hercules Hall, Munich 
Length: 37 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/30/1969 
Venue:  Live  Hercules Hall, Munich 
Length: 41 Minutes 14 Secs. 

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