Klemperer, Otto

Beethoven: The Orchestral Recordings - Symphonies & Overtures

CD (Number of discs: 10)
29 Oct 2012

Barcode: 5099940427522

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Other participants: Philharmonia Orchestra • New Philharmonia Orchestra

Walter Legge, founder of the Philharmonia Orchestra and one of the chief recording producers of the last century, wanted to secure a set of Beethoven symphonies that would not only fill an immediate commercial need but would stand the test of time. In Otto Klemperer he found the ideal candidate and their partnership yielded not only the Symphonies and Overtures (some more than once) but also the Missa Solemnis and Fidelio.

Beethoven was fated to struggle throughout his life especially with the deafness that he started to notice when in his early thirties, thereby forcing him to look increasingly to his inner being for the spark of creation. Klemperer, too, had his fights for life including suffering a stroke whilst a brain tumor was being removed and having to flee his country within a day to prevent potential arrest by the Nazi authorities.

This set not only includes the symphonies (with both versions of Nos. 3 and 5 and all three of No. 7) but also nine of the Overtures (with duplicate versions) and extracts from the Incidental music to Egmont and the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus. Although these recordings have been available in various couplings, this is the first time that a comprehensive collection of Beethoven’s solo orchestral work conducted by Otto Klemperer has been made.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 I. Allegro con brio: Symphony No. 1 in C, Op.21 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
02 II. Andante con moto: Symphony No. 1 in C, Op.21 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
03 III. Menuetto & Trio: Allegro molto e vivace: Symphony No. 1 in C, Op.21 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
04 IV. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace: Symphony No. 1 in C, Op.21 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
05 I. Allegro ma non troppo (Awakening of cheerful feelings on arriving in the country): Symphony No. 6 in F, Op.68 'Past  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
06 II. Andante molto mosso (Scene by the brook): Symphony No. 6 in F, Op.68 'Pastoral' (2003 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
07 III. Allegro (Merry gathering of country folk): Symphony No. 6 in F, Op.68 'Pastoral' (2003 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
08 IV. Allegro (Thunderstorm): Symphony No. 6 in F, Op.68 'Pastoral' (2003 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
09 V. Allegretto (Shepherds' Song. Happy & thankful feelings after the Storm): Symphony No. 6 in F, Op.68 'Pastoral'  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
Disc 2 
01 I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op.36 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
02 II. Larghetto: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op.36 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
03 III. Scherzo (Allegro): Symphony No. 2 in D, Op.36 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
04 IV. Allegro molto: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op.36 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
05 I. Allegro con brio: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op.67 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
06 II. Andante con moto - Più mosso - Tempo I: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op.67 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
07 III. Allegro: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op.67 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
08 IV. Allegro - Presto: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op.67 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
Disc 3 
01 I. Allegro con brio: Symphony No. 3 in E Flat, Op.55 'Eroica' (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
02 II. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai): Symphony No. 3 in E Flat, Op.55 'Eroica' (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
03 III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) & Trio: Symphony No. 3 in E Flat, Op.55 'Eroica' (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
04 IV. Finale (Allegro molto - Poco andante - Presto): Symphony No. 3 in E Flat, Op.55 'Eroica' (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
05 Große Fuge in B Flat, Op.133 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
Disc 4 
01 I. Adagio - Allegro vivace: Symphony No. 4 in B flat Op. 60 (1990 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer 
02 II. Adagio: Symphony No. 4 in B flat Op. 60 (1990 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer 
03 III. Allegro vivace - Trio (Un poco meno allegro): Symphony No. 4 in B flat Op. 60 (1990 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer 
04 IV. Allegro ma non troppo: Symphony No. 4 in B flat Op. 60 (1990 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer 
05 Poco sostenuto - Vivace: Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92 (1990 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer 
06 Allegretto: Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92 (1990 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer 
07 Scherzo (Presto): Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92 (1990 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer 
08 Allegro con brio: Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92 (1990 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer 
Disc 5 
01 I. Allegro vivace e con brio: Symphony No. 8 in F, Op.93 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
02 Il. Allegretto scherzando: Symphony No. 8 in F, Op.93 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
03 III. Tempo di menuetto: Symphony No. 8 in F, Op.93 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
04 IV. Allegro vivace: Symphony No. 8 in F, Op.93 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
05 Leonore Overture No. 1, Op.138 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
06 Leonore Overture No. 2, Op.72a (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
07 Leonore Overture No. 3, Op.72a (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
08 Coriolan, Op.62 (1998 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
Disc 6 
01 I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral' (1998 - Remaster)  - Aase Nordmo-Løvberg/Christa Ludwig/Waldemar Kmentt 
02 II. Molto vivace - Presto - Molto vivace - Presto: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral' (1998 - Remaster)  - Aase Nordmo-Løvberg/Christa Ludwig/Waldemar Kmentt 
03 III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral' (1998 - Remaster)  - Aase Nordmo-Løvberg/Christa Ludwig/Waldemar Kmentt 
04 IV. Presto: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral' (1998 - Remaster)  - Aase Nordmo-Løvberg/Christa Ludwig/Waldemar Kmentt 
Disc 7 
01 I. Allegro con brio: Symphony No. 3 in E Flat, Op.55 'Eroica' (2002 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
02 II. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai): Symphony No. 3 in E Flat, Op.55 'Eroica' (2002 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
03 III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) & Trio: Symphony No. 3 in E Flat, Op.55 'Eroica' (2002 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
04 IV. Finale (Allegro molto - Poco andante - Presto): Symphony No. 3 in E Flat, Op.55 'Eroica' (2002 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
05 Leonore Overture No. 1, Op.138 (2002 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia Orchestra 
06 Leonore Overture No. 2, Op.72a (2002 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia Orchestra 
Disc 8 
01 I. Allegro con brio: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op.67 (2002 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
02 II. Andante con moto: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op.67 (2002 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
03 III. Allegro -: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op.67 (2002 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
04 IV. Allegro - Presto: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op.67 (2002 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
05 I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op.92 (2002 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
06 II. Allegretto: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op.92 (2002 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
07 III. Presto - Assai meno presto: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op.92 (2002 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
08 IV. Allegro con brio: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op.92 (2002 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
Disc 9 
01 Leonore Overture No. 3, Op.72a (2012 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
02 Fidelio - Overture (2012 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia Orchestra 
03 The Consecration of the House - Overture Op. 124 (2012 - Remaster)  - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
04 The Creatures of Prometheus - Overture, Op.43 (2003 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia Orchestra 
05 Overture: Egmont, Op.84 (2003 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia Orchestra 
06 Die Trommel gerühret!: Egmont, Op.84 (2003 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia Orchestra/Birgit Nilss 
07 Freudvoll und leidvoll: Egmont, Op.84 (2003 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia Orchestra/Birgit Nilss 
08 Klärchen's Tod: Egmont, Op.84 (2003 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia Orchestra 
09 Overture: König Stefan Op. 117 (2000 Digital Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia Orchestra 
10 Overture: Die Weihe des Hauses, '(The) Consecration of the House' Op. 124 (2000 Digital Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia Orchestra 
Disc 10 
01 Fidelio - Overture (2000 Digital Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia Orchestra 
02 I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace: Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92 (2012 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer 
03 II. Allegretto: Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92 (2012 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer 
04 III. Presto - Assai meno presto: Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92 (2012 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer 
05 IV. Allegro con brio: Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92 (2012 - Remaster)  - Otto Klemperer 
06 Overture: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus Op. 43 (2012 - Remaster)  - New Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
07 5. Adagio: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus Op. 43 (2012 - Remaster)  - New Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 
08 16. Finale: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus Op. 43 (2012 - Remaster)  - New Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer 


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