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 box sets.
Besides being a great conductor Otto Klemperer was also a composer and when listening to his compositions you are left in no doubt that he was much influenced by the music of Brahms. Klemperer Edition: Brahms is a comprehensive 4-CD collection of Brahms recordings. The set features all four symphonies as well as the Academic Festival Overture and Tragic Overtures and the "Haydn" Variations. In 1961 Klemperer returned to recording Brahms by committing his classic performance of
Ein deutsches Requiem to disc.Read more With the soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as soloists and the magnificent Philharmonia Chorus this recording has remained a firm fixture in the EMI Classics catalog since its first release. Read less
Works on This Recording
German Requiem, Op. 45by Johannes Brahms Performer:
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (),
Ralph Downes (Organ),
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf ()
Period: Romantic Written: 1854-1868; Austria Date of Recording: 1961 Venue: Kingsway Hall, London
Tragic Overture, Op. 81by Johannes Brahms Conductor:
Period: Romantic Written: 1880; Austria
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53by Johannes Brahms Performer:
Christa Ludwig (Mezzo soprano)
Period: Romantic Written: 1869; Austria
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
A classically distiller renditionJune 24, 2015By R. Nodell (Guilford, CT)See All My Reviews"Klemperer's Brahms have often been named among the very best performances. Raised on the rich romantic lushness of Bruno Walter and Leonard Bernstein- both being well loved- I was surprised at how Klemperer's sense of structure made the symphonies more powerfully moving without being as explicitly emotional. I couldn't state a preference among them but this set is not one I would want to miss."Report Abuse
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