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BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 / WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll (Klemperer) (1927-28)

Composer(s):Brahms, JohannesWagner, Richard
Artist(s) Klemperer, Otto, Conductor • Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.111274
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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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 1927-1928 recordings, he could set fizzing tempos, galvanising his performers with electric gestures. Above all, however, Klemperer was a master structuralist, always focused 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 remarkable rapt while that of Siegfried Idyll is intimate and gentle.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,February 2008

During Otto Klemperer’s Indian Summer I had the good fortune of reviewing most of his recordings for Columbia but remained blissfully ignorant of those made in his younger years. He had been born in Breslau in 1885 and studied in Frankfurt and Berlin, his career one of measured progress achieving its European zenith when appointed as the principal conductor of the Kroll Opera in Berlin. But with the rise of the Nazi party he left Europe to settle in the States. So far as recordings were concerned those were his wilderness years, and it was in the 1950’s that the world again became aware of him, first with his Vox discs and then working in the London studios with the Philharmonia Orchestra. It was a period that initially gave us some great Beethoven performances, but

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