Great Conductors - Otto Klemperer

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Great Conductors - Otto Klemperer



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28th Jan 2008




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Great Conductors - Otto Klemperer


Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80


Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Siegfried Idyll



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If ‘slow tempos’ were a significant characteristic of Klemperer’s final years as a conductor, in his earlier days, as demonstrated on these 1927-28 recordings, he could set fizzing tempos, galvanising his performers with electric gestures. Above all, however, Klemperer was a master structuralist, always focussed on the music, its construction and direction. His recording of the Brahms Symphony No. 1, made over seven months, is notable not only for athletic vitality but for ecstatic singing lines and subtle integration of light and shade. The account of the Prelude to Act I of Tristan und Isolde is remarkably rapt while that of Siegfried Idyll is intimate and gentle.

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68

I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro

II. Andante sostenuto

III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso

IV. Adagio - Allegro non troppo ma con brio

Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Act I: Prelude (1859 version)

Tristan und Isolde, Act I: Prelude (1859 version)

Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll, WWV. 103

Siegfried Idyll

BBC Music Magazine

May 2008


“Compelling and magisterial. The Bhrams Symhony is overwhelming, the Wagner excerpts tantalising.”

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