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Romantic Symphonies & Overtures / Otto Klemperer


Release Date: 11/06/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 404309  
Composer:  Franz SchubertAntonín DvorákFelix MendelssohnRobert Schumann,   ... 
Performer:  Dame Janet BakerHeather Harper
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia ChorusNew Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 10 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a great set. There is only one really questionable performance: Schumann’s “Rhenish” Symphony, a late recording during which (so the story goes) Klemperer fell asleep during the sessions, woke up, and asked “How did it go?” Not especially well. Then there are some unidiomatic conceptions, such as the Tchaikovsky Fourth and Sixth, and Klemperer’s less than fleet but deliciously characterful Mendelssohn 3rd and 4th Symphonies, but you can’t say that they aren’t compelling, characteristically well-realized interpretations.

Much of the rest is indisputably wonderful. The Schubert Symphonies (Nos. 5, 8 and 9) are classic versions that belong in every collection. The other Schumann symphonies, especially the Fourth, are
Read more splendid. Klemperer’s view of Berlioz’ Symphonie fantasique is another classic performance, as is his unflaggingly cogent and unsentimental view of the Franck Symphony. Dvorák’s New World Symphony has a clarity of texture that has to be heard to be believed. Check out the scherzo (first sound clip), whose canonic writing and vividness in the bass are unmatched anywhere else. Klemperer’s Tchaikovsky Fifth is also astonishingly powerful, with a strikingly swift tempo for the opening movement (second sound clip).

As for the shorter works, Klemperer’s Weber and Schumann overtures are classics, and he plays Strauss II (Fledermaus Overture and two waltzes, Wiener Blut and the Emperor) as if to the manner born. Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and the incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream are also outstanding favorites of long standing. In sum, this set represents an essential component not just of the Klemperer discography, but also of the history of interpretation of these classic scores.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1963 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 25 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1825-28; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1960 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 52 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3. Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Date of Recording: 1963 
4. Symphony no 5 in B flat major, D 485 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
5. Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
6. Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
7. Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
8. Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
9. Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Heather Harper (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
10. Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Rome, Italy 
11. Manfred, Op. 115 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1962 
12. Genoveva, Op. 81: Overture by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1962 
13. Der Freischütz, J 277: Overture by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1962 
14. Euryanthe, J 291/Op. 81: Overture by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822-1823; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1962 
15. Oberon, J 306: Overture by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825-1826; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1962 
16. Symphony no 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 "Spring" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
17. Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Germany 
18. Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
19. Scenes from Goethe's Faust: Overture in D minor by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844-1853; Germany 
20. Wiener Blut, Op. 354 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Vienna, Austria 
21. Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
22. Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
23. Symphony in D minor, M 48 by César Franck
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1966 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 39 Minutes 20 Secs. 
24. Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
25. Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 

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