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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4-9 / Otto Klemperer

Notes & Reviews:

The collection of Bruckner Symphonies is a 6-CD set presenting 5 of Bruckner's symphonies - including the incomplete 9th symphony that was never finished due to his death. The set presents a comprehensive survey of Klemperer's renowned conducting. His interpretations and direction remain touchstones for the EMI catalogue, despite having a stroke during brain surgery.


Works:

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic" by Anton Bruckner

Conductor: Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 9/1963

Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107 by Anton Bruckner

Conductor: Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 11/1960

Symphony no 5 in B flat major, WAB 105 by Anton Bruckner

Conductor: Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875-1876; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 3/1967

Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner

Conductor: Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 2/1970

Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108 by Anton Bruckner

Conductor: Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 10-11/1970

Symphony no 6 in A major, WAB 106 by Anton Bruckner

Conductor: Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879-1881; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 11/1964

Fanfare on Symphony no 6
Klemperer and the Philharmonia somehow convey enormous affection without a shred of sentimentality. That critical cliché also holds good for this familiar Bruckner performance with the re-formed New Philharmonia...the playing here just oozes character all through, and makes the competition seem bland. It's as if music making and music itself really mattered.

The Guardian, 6th December 2012
Like the conductor himself, craggy and uncompromising...What gives them such strength and purpose is their faultless sense of symphonic architecture. The reputation for slow tempi that stuck with Klemperer in the last decades has never seemed more irrelevant.

MusicWeb International, 16th May 2013
These performances from 1963 to 1970 are captured in excellent sound, and though nearly fifty years has passed since the first of them - the Fourth - there is no need to be in the least apologetic about the sound quality...Even the collector who already possesses this repertoire in alternative performances will find this set rewarding and stimulating.



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