Klemperer Live in Concert (10CD)

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Otto Klemperer

It is generally accepted that many of the greatest recordings of the legendary 20th century German conductor Otto Klemperer are taken from live performances, and on this 10-CD set he can be heard conducting many of the world’s best orchestras of the time in some of these performances. Amongst the music here are major works by Schubert, Brahms, Beethoven, Bruckner, Wagner, Richard Strauss, Mahler, Mozart and Bach.


The life of the great German conductor Otto Klemperer was marked with struggle and tragedy. He began his career working in Prague, Hamburg and Strasburg, before being appointed general music director at Cologne in 1920. Later, as a result of intense hostility and the threat of persecution because he was a Jew, Klemperer decided to leave Germany and move to America, where he conducted orchestras in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. During this time as a long-term consequence of a previous fall a complicated but necessary operation on his skull was carried out, the results of which were partial paralysis of his right side, neurasthenia and a lengthy period of disability. After the war he returned to Europe to continue his career in Budapest, but on his return he suffered another fall at Montreal airport. From then on he could conduct only when seated.


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Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Philharmonia Orchestra, Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Otto Klemperer


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Klemperer Live in Concert


CD 1:


SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 4 “Tragic"
1. I. Adagio molto. Allegro vivace
2. II. Andante
3. III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace-Trio
4. IV. Allegro


Concertgebouw Orchest , Amsterdam, Feb. 7, 1957


BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in F Major, op. 90
5. I. Allegro non troppo
6. II. Adagio non troppo
7. III. Alegretto grazioso
8. IV. Allegro con spirit


Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Jan 21, 1957


9. BEETHOVEN: Overture - Egmont, op. 84


Philharmonia Orchestra, May 31, 1960 (Vienna)


CD 2:




1. Ah, Perfido, op. 65


Gré Brouwenstijn - soprano; Concertgebouw Orchest, Amsterdam, Apr. 26, 1951


Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major, op. 55 “Eroica”
2. I. Allegro con brio
3. II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
4. III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
5. IV. Finale: Allegro molto

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Apr. 17, 1958

CD 3:


BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7 in E Major (Nowak 1954 edition of the 1885 original version)
1. I. Allegro moderato
2. II. Adagio. Sehr feierlich und langsam
3. III. Scherzo. Sehr schnell
4. IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell


Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Apr. 12, 1956

CD 4:


1. WAGNER: Prelude - Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg


Orchestra Sinfonica di RAI, Turin, Dec. 17, 1956


2. Richard Strauss: Don Juan, op. 20


Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Febr. 7, 1956


HINDEMITH: Nobilissima Visione (Orchestral Suite)
4. I. Introduktion und Rondo
5. II. Marsch und Pastorale
6. III. Passacaglia


Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Febr. 8, 1954


CD 5:


MAHLER: Kindertotenlieder
1. Nun will die Sonn’ so hell aufgeh’n
2. Nun seh’ ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen
3. Wenn dein Mütterlein tritt zur Tür herein
4. Oft denk’ ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen
5. In diesem Wetter, in diesem Braus

Kathleen Ferrier - contralto; Concertgebouw Orchest, Amsterdam, July 12, 1951


Symphony No. 4 in G Major
6. I. Bedächtig . Nicht eilen
7. II. In gemächlicher Bewegung . Ohne Hast
8. III. Ruhevoll
9. IV. Sehr behaglich . “Das himmlische Leben“


Elfride Trötschel - soprano; Cologne Radio Symphony orchestra, Febr. 11, 1954


CD 6:


MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat Major, K. 595
1. I. Allegro
2. II. Larghetto
3. III. Rondo: Allegro

Clara Haskil, Klavier / Piano; Gürzenich-Orchester, Cologne, Sept. 9, 1956


Violin Concerto in A Major, K. 219
4. I. Allegro aperto
5. II. Adagio
6. III. Rondo: Tempo di minuetto


Johannes Bresser - violin, Concertgebouw Orchest, Amsterdam, Jan. 18, 1951


CD 7:


MOZART: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 “Prague”
1. I. Adagio. Allegro
2. II. Andante
3. III. Finale: Presto


RIAS Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin, Dec. 22, 1950


Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 “Jupiter”
4. I. Allegro vivace
5. II. Andante cantabile
6. III. Menuetto: Allegretto
7. IV. Finale: Molto allegro


Gürzenich-Orchester, Cologne, Sept. 9,1956


CD 8:


MOZART: Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201
1. I. Allegro moderato
2. II. Andante
3. III. Menuetto: Allegretto - Trio
4. IV. Allegro con spirit


Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Apr. 15, 1956


Serenade No. 13 in G, K. 525, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik””
5. I. Allegro
6. II. Romance: Andante
7. III. Menuetto: Allegretto - Trio
8. IV. Rondo: Allegro


Gürzenich-Orchester, Cologne, Sept. 9, 1956


FALLA: Nights in the gardens of Spain
9. En el Generalife
10. Danza lejana / En los jardines de la Sierra de Córdoba


Willem Andriessen - piano; Concertgebouw Orchest, Amsterdam, March 29, 1951


CD 9:


BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, op. 58
1. I. Allegro moderato
2. II. Andante con moto
3. III. Rondo: Vivace


Leon Fleisher - piano; Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, Febr. 27, 1956


BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat Major, op. 83
4. I. Allegro non trope
5. II. Allegro appassionato
6. III. Andante. Più adagio
7. IV. Allegretto grazioso. Un poco più presto


Géza Anda - piano; Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, Apr. 5, 1954


CD 10:


1. BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn op. 56a


Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, Febr. 7, 1957


J.S. BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major
2. I. Allegro
3. II. Affettuoso
4. III. Allegro


Annie Fischer - piano; Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, 1949/50 (?)


“Wedding” Cantata, BWV202
5. Weichet nur
6. Phöbus eilt
7. Wenn die Frühlingslüfte streichen
8. Sich üben im Lieben
9. Sehet ihn zufrieden


Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - soprano; Concertgebouw Orchest, Amsterdam, Febr. 1957