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Klemperer Legacy - Beethoven: Symphonies No 4 & 7


Release Date: 01/24/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 66795   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Conductor Otto Klemperer had a special love of Beethoven. He traveled the world conducting his symphonies, including several complete cycles in the United States, Italy, France and the Netherlands. In 1957, he conducted all nine symphonies, including piano concertos, in 10 concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra. The result was an astounding success with both critics and audiences.
The performance of Beethoven's 4th Symphony included on this album was recorded during the week of these historic performances; the 7th Symphony was recorded two years earlier. The 4th, once described by Robert Schumann as "a slender Greek maiden" positioned between the tremendous presences of the 3rd and 5th Symphonies, is an oft-overlooked wonder.
Read more Klemperer conducts it lyrically, bringing out both the rhythms and surprises.
The 7th Symphony is propelled by dance-like rhythms throughout all four movements. Its irrepressible energy hangs in the air as Klemperer maintains the majesty of Beethoven through the pacing of the lively, dancing opening of Vivace and the marching Allegretto to the bombast of the finale, Allegro con brio. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 35 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 38 Minutes 47 Secs. 

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