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BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 / WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll (Klemperer) (1927-28)


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BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 / WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll (Klemperer) (1927-28)

If ‘slow tempos’ were a significant characteristic of Klemperer's final years as a conductor, in his earlier days, as demonstrated on these 1927-1928 recordings, he could set fizzing tempos, galvanising his performers with electric gestures. Above all, however, Klemperer was a master structuralist, always focused on the music, its construction and direction. His recording of the Brahms Symphony No. 1, made over seven months, is notable not only for athletic vitality but for ecstatic singing lines and subtle integration of light and shade. The account of the Prelude to Act I of Tristan und Isolde is remarkable rapt while that of Siegfried Idyll is intimate and gentle.

Brahms, Johannes

  Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68
1.   I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro 00:13:00
2.   II. Andante sostenuto 00:09:50
3.   III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso 00:04:20
4.   IV. Adagio - Allegro non troppo ma con brio 00:14:50
  Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
5.   Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 00:08:54

Wagner, Richard

  Tristan und Isolde, Act I: Prelude (1859 version)
6.   Tristan und Isolde, Act I: Prelude (1859 version) 00:10:59
  Siegfried Idyll
7.   Siegfried Idyll 00:18:36

Total Playing Time: 01:20:29

Brahms, Johannes; Wagner, Richard

Klemperer, Otto

Berlin State Opera Orchestra

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Orchestral

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111274

Barcode: 0747313327423

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Physical Release: 02/2008

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