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Klemperer Legacy - Brahms: Symphony No 1, Etc / Philharmonia


Release Date: 06/08/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67029   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The very best of what we now think of as the classic "Germanic" approach: solid tempos, clear orchestral balances, and a performance that emphasizes the music's grandeur at the expense of some of its more intimate moments. There's nothing "pretty" about Klemperer's Brahms; it has all the emotional honesty of Shakespearean soliloquy...

It's amazing to return to Klemperer's Brahms some 40 years on and recall that, in his day, his performances were sometimes considered slow. After the unbelievably distended versions of conductors like Giulini and Bernstein (to say nothing of Celibidache), Klemperer sounds positively zippy. Actually, his Brahms never was in any way eccentric--just the opposite. This
Read more performance of the First Symphony, in fact, offers the very best of what we now think of as the classic "Germanic" approach: solid tempos, clear orchestral balances, and a performance that emphasizes the music's grandeur at the expense of some of its more intimate moments. There's nothing "pretty" about Klemperer's Brahms; it has all the emotional honesty of Shakespearean soliloquy, and if by the time this music is over you don't think that it's the greatest symphony ever written, you're probably tone deaf. Klemperer is that good. He's just as persuasive in the "Tragic" Overture, and his performance of the "Alto Rhapsody" with Christa Ludwig is widely regarded as the best ever recorded. If somehow in the past 40 years or so you haven't heard these incomparable performances, now's your chance.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1956-57 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 44 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2. Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 32 Secs. 
3. Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1962 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Tragic Overture, Op. 81 (1999 Digital Remaster)
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 (1999 Digital Remaster)
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (1999 Digital Remaster): First movement: Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (1999 Digital Remaster): Second movement: Andante sostenuto
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (1999 Digital Remaster): Third movement: Un poco allegretto e grazioso
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (1999 Digital Remaster): Fourth movement: Adagio - Più andante - Allegro non troppo ma con brio

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