July 06, 2013

Otto Klemperer: 40th Anniversary of Death

2013 marks 40 years since German conductor Otto Klemperer's passing. He died on July 6, 1973 in Zurich.

Otto Klemperer was born on 14th May 1885 in Breslau, Silesia (now Wroclaw, Poland). On Gustav Mahler's recommendation Klemperer became chorus master then conductor at Prague's German Theatre (1907-10); between 1910 and 1917 he worked at the opera houses of Hamburg, Bremen and Strasbourg; he was musical director at Cologne (1917-24), Wiesbaden (1924-27) and Berlin's Kroll Opera (1927–31), but left Nazi Germany in 1933, eventually settling in the USA, where he became conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1933-39). 


After an operation in 1939 his career faltered until he became director of the Hungarian State Opera (1947-50). In the 1950s and 60s he achieved great success, largely through his association with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and his recordings for EMI. In 1959 he was appointed the Philharmonia's 'conductor for life'. His last concert was in September 1971. 

 


EMI Classics pays tribute to the incomparable conductor with the release of an extensive edition of 11 luxurious yet affordable boxsets - click here to get to the releases.