Klemperer's Bruckner 4 is one of the great ones, and a surprisingly swift reading too. We know that during his EMI phase he tended to take slow movements quickly and quick movements slowly, but here everything is quicker than today's norm by a couple of minutes. The lone exception is the scherzo, which sounds wonderful at this measured pace, the fabulous horns of the Philharmonia blasting away with rustic abandon. You won't find a more cogently put together finale, or a nobler Andante (truly "quasi Allegretto" as marked). It's a glorious interpretation, made even more appealing with the coupling of an equally fine Siegfried Idyll, Klemperer's use of the original chamber scoring offering ideal intimacyRead more without the need to resort to excruciatingly slow tempos or sentimental posturing. Best of all, the remastered sonics are astounding fine, as good as anything on offer today and better than most. I can't recommend this highly enough. [6/22/2004]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Siegfried Idyllby Richard Wagner Conductor:
Period: Romantic Written: 1870; Germany
Siegfried Idyll (2002 Digital Remaster)
Symphony No. 4 in E flat 'Romantic' (2004 Digital Remaster): I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell
Symphony No. 4 in E flat 'Romantic' (2004 Digital Remaster): II. Andante quasi allegretto
Symphony No. 4 in E flat 'Romantic' (2004 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Bewegt) & Trio (Nicht zu schnell)
Symphony No. 4 in E flat 'Romantic' (2004 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell)
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Rustic geniusDecember 17, 2011By Martin Tousignant See All My Reviews"Klemperer's Bruckner almost refutes Karajan's approach, keeping the rough edges sharp, and most importantly, keeping Bruckner's rustic genius intact. His approach here is quite faithful to Bruckner's score, and often quite urgent (e.g. the Finale opening). Without losing any of the work's cohesion, his Philharmonia players realize a wealth of unforced detail, aided by placing the 2nd violins on the right. As with most reissues the noise filtering removes some reverberation, but the timbres here remain intact."Report Abuse
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