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Beethoven - The Orchestral Recordings / Otto Klemperer


Release Date: 11/06/2012 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 404275  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Aase Nordmo-LövbergWaldemar KmenttHans HotterChrista Ludwig,   ... 
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia ChorusNew Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Mixed 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer. EMI Studio CDM 63354 [Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7]; CDM 63355 [Nos. 2 & 4]; CDM 63356 [No. 3, with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133, arranged for strings]; CDM 63357 [Nos. 5 & 8]; CDM 63358 [No. 6, with Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Overture and excerpts from incidental music to Egmont]; CDM 63359 [No. 9]; CDM 63611 [Leonore Overtures Nos. 1-3, Fidelio Overture, King Stephan Overture, Consecration of the House Overture, Coriolan Overture] (symphonies recorded 1957-60; other works 1956-69) - Reissued in 2013 as Warner, 404275.

Klemperer’s readings are deliberate, granitic, weighty, compelling, and gloriously large in scale. They are realized by a Philharmonia in excellent form (the
Read more deterioration came in mid-1960s), with an especially striking complement of winds.

The virtues of the set are evident in an utterly extraordinary Eroica. Dramatic, almost painful, it is a monument of struggle – the first movement is intense to the end, while the second has a palpable urgency, and a grip so strong one almost can’t breathe. The Fifth, too, is exemplary: not fierce or driven, but inexorable, with a grand finale of wonderful expansiveness.

The recordings, most of which were made in Kingsway Hall, offer excellent detail and atmosphere. Though a little shy in the bass, they are tonally quite appealing, and Klemperer’s preference for a left/right separation of the first and second violins adds noticeably to the sense of spaciousness. Originally produced by Walter Legge, they have been brilliantly remastered. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection, Recordings reissued in 2013 as Warner, 404275. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1959 
3.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Length: 53 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4.
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: 1960 
5.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Length: 39 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1808 
7.
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: 1968 
Length: 41 Minutes 27 Secs. 
8.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Aase Nordmo-Lövberg (Soprano), Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor), Hans Hotter (Bass),
Christa Ludwig (Alto)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1969 
12.
Egmont, Op. 84 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Birgit Nilsson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Leonore Overture no 1 in C major, Op. 138 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 9 Minutes 49 Secs. 
14.
Leonore Overture no 2 in C major, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 13 Minutes 55 Secs. 
15.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 14 Minutes 38 Secs. 
16.
King Stephan, Op. 117: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Die Weihe des Hauses, Op. 124 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 11 Minutes 47 Secs. 
18.
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
19.
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: 1960 
Length: 38 Minutes 38 Secs. 
20.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Length: 35 Minutes 2 Secs. 
21.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Length: 49 Minutes 28 Secs. 
22.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Length: 42 Minutes 41 Secs. 
23.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 14 Minutes 0 Secs. 
24.
Leonore Overture no 2 in C major, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Length: 13 Minutes 55 Secs. 
25.
Leonore Overture no 1 in C major, Op. 138 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Length: 8 Minutes 30 Secs. 
26.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
27.
Die Weihe des Hauses, Op. 124 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1955/1959 
Length: 12 Minutes 15 Secs. 
28.
Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1969 
29.
Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: no 18, Finale by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1969 
30.
Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: no 11, Adagio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1969 

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