Holiday Shop


WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

20th Century Music / Otto Klemperer [4-CD Set]

Klemperer,Otto
Release Date: 05/07/2013 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 044012   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor StravinskyKurt WeillJohann Strauss Jr.Paul Hindemith,   ... 
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraBerlin Philharmonia String QuartetNew Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

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 several luxurious yet affordably-priced box-sets. Otto Klemperer had a remarkable career as a young man but it was at the age of 70 that he started a series of recordings that would not only establish him as an internationally renowned conductor but provide EMI with a catalog of recordings that became and remain touchstones.

At the age of 42, Klemperer became director of the Kroll Opera in Berlin and was responsible for numerous premieres of the music by modern composers especially Igor Stravinsky, Paul Hindemith and Kurt Weill. It was a source of pride that he brought so many works by
Read more Stravinsky to the public and this continued even when Stravinsky and Klemperer were in America where the Symphony in Three Movements was written. Klemperer was so captivated by the Berthold Brecht-Kurt Weill Die Dreigroschenoper when it opened in Berlin in 1928 that he commissioned the 28year-old composer to make a suite for wind instruments based on the original score. The result was the Kleine Dreigroschenmusik, which was played for the first time at the annual Berlin opera ball under Klemperer s direction.

Not only a conductor, Klemperer loved to compose and three works were recorded, The first, in October 1961, was Merry Waltz taken from his opera Das Ziel and re-orchestrated for a larger orchestra which had originally premiered in August 1936 in Los Angeles. The second is his Symphony No. 2 which had had a private recording earlier in 1969 but which EMI then decided deserved proper session time and was released to celebrate his 85th birthday. His String Quartet No. 7 was recorded in 1970, with the Philharmonia String Quartet for the same reason.

This 4-CD box set includes a musical bonus in the Overture and Dream Pantomime from Hänsel und Gretel composed by Engelbert Humperdinck. He had often conducted the opera and his wife, the soprano Johanna Geissler, had alternated the roles of Gretel and the Witch. The set concludes with Jon Tolansky's Sound Biography which illustrates how Otto Klemperer inspired musicians and music lovers not only with his conducting but also with his extraordinary courage, surviving extreme physical and mental adversity with remarkable stoicism. This special disc also includes two never before released items that were discovered as this feature was being prepared: a speech by Dr. Klemperer at a reception for his 75th birthday, and a rehearsal during his recording sessions for Mozart's Don Giovanni.
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in Three Movements by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1945; USA 
2.
Pulcinella Suite by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922/1947; France 
3.
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik by Kurt Weill
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Germany 
4.
Wiener Blut, Op. 354 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Nobilissima Visione by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 10/1954 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6.
Merry Waltz by Otto Klemperer
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959 
Date of Recording: 10/1961 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 7 by Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonia String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
8.
Symphony no 2 by Otto Klemperer
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
9.
Hänsel und Gretel: Overture by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 
10.
Hänsel und Gretel: Dream pantomime by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 

Sound Samples

Symphony in Three Movements (2000 Remastered Version): I. [crotchet] = 160: Symphony in Three Movements (2000 Digital Remaster): I. [crotchet] = 160
Symphony in Three Movements: I. [crotchet] = 160
Symphony in Three Movements (2000 Remastered Version): II. Andante ([quaver] = 76) - Interlude (L'istesso tempo): Symphony in Three Movements (2000 Digital Remaster): II. Andante ([quaver] = 76) - Interlude (L'istesso tempo)
Symphony in Three Movements: II. Andante ([quaver] = 76) - Interlude (L'istesso tempo)
Symphony in Three Movements (2000 Remastered Version): III. Con moto ([crotchet] = 180): Symphony in Three Movements (2000 Digital Remaster): III. Con moto ([crotchet] = 180)
Symphony in Three Movements: III. Con moto ([crotchet] = 180)
Pulcinella (1992 Remastered Version) (1992 - Remaster): Sinfonia (Overture): Pulcinella (1992 Digital Remaster) (1992 - Remaster): Sinfonia (Overture)
Pulcinella: Sinfonia (Overture)
Pulcinella (1992 Remastered Version) (1992 - Remaster): Serenata: Pulcinella (1992 Digital Remaster) (1992 - Remaster): Serenata
Pulcinella: Serenata
Pulcinella (1992 Remastered Version) (1992 - Remaster): Scherzino - Allegro - Andantino: Pulcinella (1992 Digital Remaster) (1992 - Remaster): Scherzino - Allegro - Andantino
Pulcinella: Scherzino - Allegro - Andantino
Pulcinella: Tarantella
Pulcinella (1992 Remastered Version) (1992 - Remaster): Tarantella: Pulcinella (1992 Digital Remaster) (1992 - Remaster): Tarantella
Pulcinella: Toccata
Pulcinella (1992 Remastered Version) (1992 - Remaster): Toccata: Pulcinella (1992 Digital Remaster) (1992 - Remaster): Toccata
Pulcinella: Gavotta con due variazioni
Pulcinella (1992 Remastered Version) (1992 - Remaster): Gavotta con due variazioni: Pulcinella (1992 Digital Remaster) (1992 - Remaster): Gavotta con due variazioni
Pulcinella (1992 Remastered Version) (1992 - Remaster): Duetto (1949: Vivo): Pulcinella (1992 Digital Remaster) (1992 - Remaster): Duetto (1949: Vivo)
Pulcinella: Duetto (1949: Vivo)
Pulcinella: Minuetto e Finale
Pulcinella (1992 Remastered Version) (1992 - Remaster): Minuetto e Finale: Pulcinella (1992 Digital Remaster) (1992 - Remaster): Minuetto e Finale
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (2000 Remastered Version): I. Ouverture: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (2000 Digital Remaster): I. Ouverture
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik: I. Ouverture
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (2000 Remastered Version): II. Die Morität von Mackie Messer: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (2000 Digital Remaster): II. Die Morität von Mackie Messer
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik: II. Die Morität von Mackie Messer
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik: III. Die Ballade vom angenehmen Leben
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (2000 Remastered Version): III. Die Ballade vom angenehmen Leben: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (2000 Digital Remaster): III. Die Ballade vom angenehmen Leben
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik: IV. Pollys Lied
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (2000 Remastered Version): IV. Pollys Lied: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (2000 Digital Remaster): IV. Pollys Lied
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (2000 Remastered Version): V. Tango Ballade: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (2000 Digital Remaster): V. Tango Ballade
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik: V. Tango Ballade
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik: VI. Kanonen-song
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (2000 Remastered Version): VI. Kanonen-song: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (2000 Digital Remaster): VI. Kanonen-song
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (2000 Remastered Version): VII. Dreigroschen-Finale: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (2000 Digital Remaster): VII. Dreigroschen-Finale
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik: VII. Dreigroschen-Finale
Merry Waltz (2000 Remastered Version): Merry Waltz
Merry Waltz (2000 Digital Remaster)
Symphony No. 2 (1992 Remastered Version): I. Allegro: Symphony No. 2 (1992 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Symphony No. 2: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 2 (1992 Remastered Version): II. Adagio: Symphony No. 2 (1992 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Symphony No. 2: II. Adagio
Symphony No. 2: III. Scherzo
Symphony No. 2 (1992 Remastered Version): III. Scherzo: Symphony No. 2 (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo
Symphony No. 2: IV. Finale
Symphony No. 2 (1992 Remastered Version): IV. Finale: Symphony No. 2 (1992 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale
String Quartet No. 7: I. Fuga (Moderato)
String Quartet No. 7 (1992 Remastered Version): I. Fuga (Moderato): String Quartet No. 7 (1992 Digital Remaster): I. Fuga (Moderato)
String Quartet No. 7: II. Scherzo (Vivace)
String Quartet No. 7 (1992 Remastered Version): II. Scherzo (Vivace): String Quartet No. 7 (1992 Digital Remaster): II. Scherzo (Vivace)
String Quartet No. 7 (1992 Remastered Version): III. Intermezzo (Alla marcia): String Quartet No. 7 (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Intermezzo (Alla marcia)
String Quartet No. 7: III. Intermezzo (Alla marcia)
String Quartet No. 7 (1992 Remastered Version): IV. Adagio: String Quartet No. 7 (1992 Digital Remaster): IV. Adagio
String Quartet No. 7: IV. Adagio

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In