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Stephen Greenbank
MusicWeb International, January 2014

This DVD of portions of two concerts from 1973 by Rudolf Kempe…is very welcome indeed.

It’s an elegant performance, lyrical and expressive. There’s a wonderful sense of line throughout. Dynamics and phrasing are all well-judged.

For lovers of Kempe’s art, of which I am one, this visual document is not only very welcome but also of great historical value. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Rob Cowan
Gramophone, January 2014

…[Bamberg] Symphony Orchestra respond to Kempe’s clearly defined gestures with dedication and unanimity, whether in the taut arguments that dominate the outer movements (the first movement’s development section is especially impressive) or in the weighted, aching textures of the Adagio non troppo slow movement. The camerawork is often more effective too, more revealing of detail, lingering on Kempe’s quizzical expressions between the first and second movements, which suggest a combination of inner satisfaction and (perhaps) pensiveness about what’s to come. No worries there, with an account of the Allegretto grazioso third movement that features an especially fiery middle section, while the finale, which exits in a super-swift blaze of glory, is played with great intensity (especially by the brass), a true summation, just as it should be. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone






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