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Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner & Debussy / Klemperer


Release Date: 11/17/2017 
Label:  Ica Classics   Catalog #: 5145  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenRobert SchumannJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Bronislaw Gimpel
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraBBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This release has been sourced from the Richard Itter archive. After twelve years of negotiation, ICA Classics has signed an exclusive long term agreement with the Lyrita Recorded Edition who are responsible for Richard Itter Trust. The collection is very important for collectors because it has never before been released. Despite there being a large number of Otto Klemperer recordings on the market, these Richard Itter tapes of live broadcasts from the Royal Festival Hall and the BBC’s Studios in Maida Vale between 1955 and 1956 have never, as far as is known, been released before. Klemperer was always more exciting when caught live and had added urgency as compared to his studio accounts, particularly at this time before his health Read more deteriorated in later years. His Philharmonia concerts were hugely successful in the mid 50s when Walter Legge was looking to replace Herbert von Karajan who was in the process of leaving for the Berlin Philharmonic. As Richard Osborne states in his notes: “The winter of 1955-56 marked a new dawn for Klemperer.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1774 
2.
Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bronislaw Gimpel (Violin)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1775 
4.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
6.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
7.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
8.
Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra: no 2, Fêtes by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1899; France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A picture of greatness January 17, 2018 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Here's another release from the great Itter Broadcast Collection, recordings to tape and acetate disc made by Lyrita's Richard Itter from BBC FM transmissions beginning in the mid-1950s. These recording premieres on four CDs show Otto Klemperer, my favourite 20th century conductor, at the peak of his powers. His Mozart should win over all but the most doctrinaire HIPsters. The middle-period A major Symphony K.201 is relaxed and winning, while the late, great G minor Symphony K. 441 is wound up considerably tighter. "Mozart's in the closet," the last movement begins, "Let him out, let him out, let him out!" Klemperer has us worried about the composer's release, and his fine musicians keep up the pressure throughout. Violinist Bronislav Gimpel provides a lovely tone in Mozart's final Violin Concerto, K. 219, weaving through the most perfectly constructed accompaniment. This is the happiest I've felt after listening to a Mozart disc in a long time. Beethoven (no. 2), Schumann (no. 4) and Brahms (no. 2) symphonies are so impressive, but it's the Bruckner 7th that's the real standout here. This is a performance for the ages, from the quiet by-ways to the blazing glory of the slowly building climaxes. This is a picture of greatness, and I couldn't possibly recommend it more highly." Report Abuse
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