Rudolf Kempe conducts Brahms & Wagner

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Rudolf Kempe conducts Brahms & Wagner

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4th Nov 2013




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Rudolf Kempe conducts Brahms & Wagner


Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Deutsches Museum, Munich, 16.01.1973

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra


Tannhäuser: Overture

Royal Festival Hall, London, 24.05.1973

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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This valuable release represents the second ever DVD featuring Rudolf Kempe, the first having been released on ICA Classics to great acclaim in 2011.

Having performed as an orchestral musician under Beecham, Busch, Kleiber, Klemperer and Strauss, Rudolf Kempe was well positioned when he began his career as master of the baton, moving from the Leipzig orchestras to Dresden, Vienna and Berlin.

Kempe was understated in his conducting style yet achieved wonders from his orchestral musicians. Renowned for his opera performances and the authenticity of his interpretations, he was also much loved by British orchestras, not least due to the fact that out of only four Music Directorship positions accepted by Kempe, two were with London orchestras – the Royal Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra, heard here in Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture in a concert from the Royal Festival Hall.

Kempe recorded Brahms’s Second Symphony three times in the studio, one of which was with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble that has seen such eminent conductors as Clemens Krauss, Hans Knappertsbusch, Sir Georg Solti, Christoph von Dohnányi, Günter Wand and Eugen Jochum grace its podium.

The Brahms on this DVD is performed with Kempe’s trademark subtlety and sensitivity, remaining true to the original work.

Sound format: Enhanced Mono

DVD format: NTSC

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 56’

Subtitles: E

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/G

Region code: 0

Territory Restrictions: None

Financial Times

7th December 2013


“The Brahms unfolds with a fabulous naturalness, subtlety and balance. The Wagner is majestic rather than bombastic, and you can see from the musicians’ faces why they loved playing for him.”

Gramophone Magazine

January 2014

“the [Bamberg] Symphony Orchestra respond to Kempe's clearly defined gestures with dedication and unanimity, where in the taut arguments that dominate the outer movements...or in the weighted, aching textures of the Adagio non troppo.”

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