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Otto Klemperer conducts Brahms and Haydn

CD: Otto Klemperer – Brahms und Haydn © BR-KLASSIK Label

The important conductor Otto Klemperer conducts Haydn’s Symphony No. 101 “Die Uhr” (recorded in October 1956) and the Symphony No. 4 of Johannes Brahms (recorded in September 1957) in two newly remastered historical original recordings.

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Otto Klemperer was one of the most important German conductors of the 20th century. After his return from emigration he guest-conducted some of the most important orchestras in Germany – including the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. He did not assume the position of Chief Conductor in his homeland again, however: he felt estranged and alienated from post-war Germany, and this was compounded by his advanced age and poor health. In April 1956, Klemperer conducted the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for the very first time – the debut of a man who was almost 71 years old. Up to May 1969, he would conduct a total of eleven evening concerts in Munich. The audiences were always just as delighted as the critics. The latter emphasized the “utmost perfection” of his interpretations and were aware that, due to the conductor’s advanced age and state of health, the Munich concerts bore “the seal of the unrepeatable”, and that “those fortunate enough to hear these concerts will remember them all their lives”.

This new CD from BR-KLASSIK features Klemperer’s interpretations of Haydn’s Symphony No. 101, “The Clock” (recorded in the concerts of October 18 and 19, 1956), and Brahms’ Fourth Symphony (recorded on September 26 and 27, 1957 – the conductor did not perform in Munich between October 1956 and September 1957) – Both works form part of the core classical and romantic symphonic concert repertoire with which Klemperer, like his Munich orchestra, was so familiar.

The recordings – restored as well as possible – document the interpretational skills of a great conductor, performing together with one of the best orchestras of the 20th century. Not only of great historical interest, these performances are also gripping and enthralling experiences for today’s music lovers.

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Otto Klemperer conductor

Booklet: in German / in Englisch
Total Time: 70’10 min

  • Two important compositions of the symphonic core repertoire, in masterly interpretations
  • Historic recordings from October 1956 and September 1957, newly remastered from the Original Tapes
  • The famous conductor Otto Klemperer in two of the few performances with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks