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Beethoven: Symphony No 3, Leonore No 1 & 2 / Klemperer


Release Date: 04/09/2002 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67741   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Otto Klemperer's mono recordings of Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 3, 5, and 7 are historic in several senses. Not only are they terrific performances by themselves, but they also launched the conductor on the magnificent Indian summer of his career, a period that saw him acclaimed as the greatest interpreter of the basic German repertoire for much of the 1950s and '60s. Klemperer always conducted a sensational Eroica, and by general consensus this mono recording surpasses his later stereo effort, impressive though that is. Truth to tell, I wouldn't be without either. This version offers marginally quicker tempos in all four movements, but the later version enjoys superior playing and recording--and both offer basically the same conception: Read more strong, unsentimental, and truly "heroic".


These qualities apply equally to the two overtures, both marvelous performances, and this reissue positively celebrates the excellence of the original mono recordings. They sound superior to many stereo efforts from the mid-'50s, and there's no doubt at all that Klemperer's Eroica belongs in EMI's Great Recordings of the Century series, not to mention in your record collection! [5/15/2002]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 49 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2. Leonore Overture no 1 in C major, Op. 138 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1954 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3. Leonore Overture no 2 in C major, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1954 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 3 in E flat 'Eroica' Op. 55 (2002 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 3 in E flat 'Eroica' Op. 55 (2002 Digital Remaster): II. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat 'Eroica' Op. 55 (2002 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) & Trio
Symphony No. 3 in E flat 'Eroica' Op. 55 (2002 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Allegro molto - Poco andante - Presto)
Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138 (2001 Digital Remaster)
Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a (2001 Digital Remaster)

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