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Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms: Concertos / Klemperer [6-CD Set]


Release Date: 01/22/2013 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 43482   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz LisztRobert SchumannLudwig van Beethoven,   ... 
Performer:  Alan CivilAnnie FischerDaniel BarenboimYehudi Menuhin,   ... 
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraNew Philharmonia OrchestraJohn Alldis Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Otto Klemperer's death, EMI Classics pays tribute to the incomparable conductor with the release of an extensive edition of luxurious yet affordably priced boxed sets.

Klemperer Edition: Concertos is a 6-CD set presenting a comprehensive survey of Klemperer's renowned conducting of concertos. Although Klemperer had primarily been contracted to provide orchestral music for the EMI Classics catalog there were soloists who benefitted from his presence in recording concertos. Karajan had made a most successful recording of the Mozart Horn Concertos with the then-lead player in the Philharmonia Orchestra, Dennis Brain; Klemperer recorded them with his lead player Alan Civil in 1960.
Read more /> His superb series of orchestral works by Beethoven were enhanced by recording the Piano Concertos and Choral Fantasy with the star who had recently recorded the Piano Sonatas, Daniel Barenboim, and the set was issued two years before the composer's bicentenary in 1970. Both had their distinctive views on the works: Klemperer's vivid but essentially monumental approach was questioned and provoked by the much younger man just as the composer writes music which the piano and the orchestra discuss in different ways – the very essence of a concerto. Klemperer and Barenboim also recorded Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25 in 1967.

The Violin Concertos by Beethoven and Brahms were recorded with Yehudi Menuhin in 1966 and David Oistrakh in 1960, respectively. A further disc of Piano Concertos of Liszt No. 1 and Schumann was made with Annie Fischer in 1960.
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Horn no 1 in D major, K 412 (386b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alan Civil (French Horn)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1960 
2. Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, K 417 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alan Civil (French Horn)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
3. Concerto for Horn no 3 in E flat major, K 447 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alan Civil (French Horn)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784-1787; Vienna, Austria 
4. Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alan Civil (French Horn)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
5. Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Annie Fischer (Piano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
6. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Annie Fischer (Piano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
7. Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
8. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
9. Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
10. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
11. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
12. Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
13. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
14. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1960 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 40 Minutes 52 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 An evening with the Masters of music! February 25, 2013 By Samuel H. Feder (Cincinnati, OH) See All My Reviews "We prefer to read or listen to music, so when an album of almost all of the major Masters comes along, it's great deal. I like Klemperer's conducting! These are all concertos, I might add very well done. So if you are a fan of Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Brahms or Schumann you will find this an excellent addition to your library of classical music." Report Abuse
 Otto never fails February 9, 2013 By K. BAKER (HEBER CITY, UT) See All My Reviews "Otto Klemperer was one of the great conductors of the 20th C. Its pretty much the case that anything Otto recorded is worth buying, especially at bargain box prices. The Beethoven concerti are excellent. So is everything else. The standout of the set is the Brahms violin concerto, but everything is well done. These recordings date back some 60 years for the oldest, and on a couple, their age shows. However, overall, they remind us that recording technology a half a century ago was far ahead of playback technology. On most, EMI's engineers produced sound quality that requires close attention to tell in from today's best (the biggest difference is in dynamic range). If you already appreciate Otto, you must get this. If you are new to Otto, unless you need recordings of these works, I'd suggest you start with the Otto's EMI set "Romantic Symphonies" which contains more impressive works. Whether you are an Otto fan or not, I would be remiss if I did not tell about the night in 1951 when Otto conducted the greatest performance of classical music since Haydn conducted the premier of "The Creation": GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony #2 with Jo Vincent, soprano; Kathleen Ferrier, contralto; Amsterdam Toonkunstkoor; Concertgebouworkest/Otto Klemperer; Live recording: Holland Festival, Amsterdam, July 12, 1951. The sonic quality sucks (my initial reaction to this CD was that it is the only CD I ever heard where I thought the LP recording was superior, but I haven't done a close study of the two yet. However, odds are you can't find the LP, so enjoy the CD), but if you can get by that, you will experience the greatest performance of any classical work of all time. The first movement of the symphony is a "Funeral March". A music critic who attended the concert wrote something like this in the next morning's newspaper. 'The foggy streets of Amsterdam were deserted last night when Amsterdam's citizens huddled in fear behind covered windows as the shrouded dead marched through the silent city, whose silence was broken only by the sounds of the great Mahler symphony'." Report Abuse
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