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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica" / Leonore Overtures Nos. 1, 3 (Philharmonia Orchestra, Klemperer) (1954-1955)

Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig van
Artist(s) Klemperer, Otto, Conductor • Philharmonia Orchestra
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.111303
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Otto Klemperer’s complex artistry combined a remarkable understanding of architectural structure, a loving attention to detail and immense subtlety. Nowhere was this more evident than in his authoritative and compellingly lucid readings of Beethoven’s music. This 1955 Eroica is a notable example, the young but fully seasoned Philharmonia Orchestra responding superbly to Klemperer’s weighty and deliberate conception, which is yet rhythmically buoyant and filled with dynamic contrast. The highlight of this recording is the second movement Funeral March, solemn, tender and noble, whose universal pathos never lapses into sentimentality.


   




Review By Brian Wilson,MusicWeb International,March 2010

The classic account of the Eroica is Klemperer’s mono version, with tempi noticeably faster than his stereo re-make. It comes with two Leonore Overtures from EMI in the Great Recordings series, or with a slightly different coupling from Naxos. Both transfers are very good; since the Naxos is the less expensive, both on CD and as a download, that’s the one to go for. The lossless version which was available on passionato seems to have disappeared in their recent revamp, though they still have the EMI and classicsonline have the Naxos in good mp3.



Review By Brian Wilson,MusicWeb International,March 2010

The classic account of the Eroica is Klemperer’s mono version, with tempi noticeably faster than his stereo re-make. It comes with two Leonore Overtures from EMI in the Great Recordings series, or with a slightly different coupling from Naxos. Both transfers are very good; since the Naxos is the less expensive, both on CD and as a download, that’s the one to go for. The lossless version which was available on passionato seems to have disappeared in their recent revamp, though they still have the EMI and classicsonline have the Naxos in good mp3.



Review By Brian Wilson,MusicWeb International,March 2010

The classic account of the Eroica is Klemperer’s mono version, with tempi noticeably faster than his stereo re-make. It comes with two Leonore Overtures from EMI in the Great Recordings series, or with a slightly different coupling from Naxos. Both transfers are very good; since the Naxos is the less expensive, both on CD and as a download, that’s the one to go for. The lossless version which was available on passionato seems to have disappeared in their recent revamp, though they still have the EMI and classicsonline have the Naxos in good mp3.



Review By Brian Wilson,MusicWeb International,March 2010

The classic account of the Eroica is Klemperer’s mono version, with tempi noticeably faster than his stereo re-make. It comes with two Leonore Overtures from EMI in the Great Recordings series, or with a slightly different coupling from Naxos. Both transfers are very good; since the Naxos is the less expensive, both on CD and as a download, that’s the one to go for. The lossless version which was available on passionato seems to have disappeared in their recent revamp, though they still have the EMI and classicsonline have the Naxos in good mp3.



Review By Brian Wilson,MusicWeb International,March 2010

The classic account of the Eroica is Klemperer’s mono version, with tempi noticeably faster than his stereo re-make. It comes with two Leonore Overtures from EMI in the Great Recordings series, or with a slightly different coupling from Naxos. Both transfers are very good; since the Naxos is the less expensive, both on CD and as a download, that’s the one to go for. The lossless version which was available on passionato seems to have disappeared in their recent revamp, though they still have the EMI and classicsonline have the Naxos in good mp3.



Review By Brian Wilson,MusicWeb International,March 2010

The classic account of the Eroica is Klemperer’s mono version, with tempi noticeably faster than his stereo re-make. It comes with two Leonore Overtures from EMI in the Great Recordings series, or with a slightly different coupling from Naxos. Both transfers are very good; since the Naxos is the less expensive, both on CD and as a download, that’s the one to go for. The lossless version which was available on passionato seems to have disappeared in their recent revamp, though they still have the EMI and classicsonline have the Naxos in good mp3.



Review By Brian Wilson,MusicWeb International,March 2010

The classic account of the Eroica is Klemperer’s mono version, with tempi noticeably faster than his stereo re-make. It comes with two Leonore Overtures from EMI in the Great Recordings series, or with a slightly different coupling from Naxos. Both transfers are very good; since the Naxos is the less expensive, both on CD and as a download, that’s the one to go for. The lossless version which was available on passionato seems to have disappeared in their recent revamp, though they still have the EMI and classicsonline have the Naxos in good mp3.



Review By Brian Wilson,MusicWeb International,March 2010

The classic account of the Eroica is Klemperer’s mono version, with tempi noticeably faster than his stereo re-make. It comes with two Leonore Overtures from EMI in the Great Recordings series, or with a slightly different coupling from Naxos. Both transfers are very good; since the Naxos is the less expensive, both on CD and as a download, that’s the one to go for. The lossless version which was available on passionato seems to have disappeared in their recent revamp, though they still have the EMI and classicsonline have the Naxos in good mp3.



Review By Brian Wilson,MusicWeb International,March 2010

The classic account of the Eroica is Klemperer’s mono version, with tempi noticeably faster than his stereo re-make. It comes with two Leonore Overtures from EMI in the Great Recordings series, or with a slightly different coupling from Naxos. Both transfers are very good; since the Naxos is the less expensive, both on CD and as a download, that’s the one to go for. The lossless version which was available on passionato seems to have disappeared in their recent revamp, though they still have the EMI and classicsonline have the Naxos in good mp3.



Review By Brian Wilson,MusicWeb International,March 2010

The classic account of the Eroica is Klemperer’s mono version, with tempi noticeably faster than his stereo re-make. It comes with two Leonore Overtures from EMI in the Great Recordings series, or with a slightly different coupling from Naxos. Both transfers are very good; since the Naxos is the less expensive, both on CD and as a download, that’s the one to go for. The lossless version which was available on passionato seems to have disappeared in their recent revamp, though they still have the EMI and classicsonline have the Naxos in good mp3.



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Review By David Denton, Naxos,December 2008

Recorded by Otto Klemperer and the Philharmonia at the peak of their combined power, their 1955 performance remains my unqualified recommendation as the finest and most logically conceived account of the ‘Eroica’ on disc. The pure drama—that almost overloaded the original Columbia LP pressing—came from his wide dynamic range and tempos that were urgent but never rushed. Throughout there is that craggy feel you have when Klemperer was at his most inspired, as if he were fashioning the work from rough hewn granite. The second movement Funeral March moves at a pace of dignity and avoids sentimentality, while the spacious scherzo has the benefit of gorgeous horn playing, presumable lead by the legendary Dennis Brain. There is the

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