Otto Klemperer conducts Bach, Rameau, Handel, Gluck & Haydn | EMI 2484332

Otto Klemperer conducts Bach, Rameau, Handel, Gluck & Haydn

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Label: EMI

Cat No: 2484332

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 8

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 7th May 2013

Contents

About

Cries of ‘Vive Kl’empereur’ rang out in the Kroll Opera House after Otto Klemperer’s first appointment as its director, conducting a concert of Bach and Mozart. This collection provides a wealth of the celebrated conductor’s Baroque and Classical repertoire, showcasing – at the forefront of the selection – Klemperer’s characteristically ‘unadorned’ Bach as well as his fiery interpretations of Haydn’s late symphonies.

Otto Klemperer was born on 14th May 1885 in Breslau, Silesia (now Wroclaw, Poland) and died on 6th July 1973 in Zurich. He had had a remarkable career as a young man but it was at the age of 70 that he started a series of recordings that would not only establish him as an internationally renowned conductor but provide EMI with a catalogue of recordings that became and remain touchstones.

This collection contains the solo orchestral recordings that Klemperer undertook of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. He recorded the Bach Orchestral Suites twice - the first in 1954, appearing on CD here for the first time, and in 1969 - whilst the recording of the Brandenburg Concertos date from 1960. Of Handel, he recorded No.4 of the set of six Concerti Grossi Op.6 in 1956.

The Classical period is represented in this collection by Franz Josef Haydn. In all, Klemperer recorded 8 of his symphonies – 6 from the set written for Salomon’s London concerts, plus the once-called “Oxford”, supposedly written for the time he received an honorary degree from its university and the delightful No.88. These recordings were made over the period from 1960 to 1971.

The works by the other two composers contained in this box are arrangements. Gluck composed his opera Iphigenia in Aulis in 1774, inspired by Euripedes’s last play written between 408 and 406BC, the year of his death. Richard Wagner made his arrangement at the end of 1846/beginning of 1847 in Dresden and it was this that Klemperer heard when Gustav Mahler conducted it in 1907 just a few weeks short of his 22nd birthday - this would serve as an inspiration for his entire career.

The work by Rameau was transcribed by Klemperer himself in 1967 and is a Gavotte in A minor with six doubles – or variations – taken from his Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin (c.1728). It was first performed with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in June 1968.

Contents:
CD 1

Johann Sebastian Bach
- Orchestral Suite No.1 in C, BWV1066
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded 1969

- Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F, BWV 1046
Peter Newbury (oboe), Sidney Sutcliffe (oboe), Stanley Smith (oboe), Alan Civil (horn), Andrew Woodburn (horn), Cecil James (bassoon), Hugh Bean (violin), George Malcolm (harpsichord)
Recorded 1960

- Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047

Hugh Bean (violin), Gareth Morris (flute),  Sidney Sutcliffe (oboe), Adolf Scherbaum (trumpet), George Malcolm (harpsichord)
Recorded 1960

TOTAL TIME (Estimate) 66.00

CD 2
Johann Sebastian Bach
- Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV 1048
George Malcolm (harpsichord)
Recorded 1960

- Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G, BWV 1049
Hugh Bean (violin), Gareth Morris (flute), Arthur Achroyd (flute), George Malcolm (harpsichord)
Recorded 1960

- Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050
Gareth Morris (flute), Hugh Bean (violin), George Malcolm (harpsichord)
Recorded 1960

- Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat, BWV 1051
George Malcolm (harpsichord)
Recorded 1960

TOTAL TIME (Estimate) 71.00

CD 3
Johann Sebastian Bach
- Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV1067
Gareth Morris (flute)
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded 1969

- Orchestral Suite No.3 in D, BWV1068
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded 1969

- Orchestral Suite No.4 in D, BWV1069
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded 1969

TOTAL TIME (Estimate) 77.45

CD 4
George Frideric Handel
- Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op.6 No.4
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded 1956/Issued 1966

Christoph Willibald Gluck
- Overture: Iphigenia in Aulis (arr. Wagner)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded 1960

Jean-Philippe Rameau
- Gavotte with six variations (orch. Klemperer)
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded: 1968/Issued 1972

Johann Sebastian Bach
- Orchestral Suite No.1 in C, BWV1066
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded 1954

TOTAL TIME (Estimate) 60.45

CD 5
Johann Sebastian Bach
- Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV1067
Gareth Morris (flute)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded 1954

- Orchestral Suite No.3 in D, BWV1068
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded 1954

- Orchestral Suite No.4 in D, BWV1069
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded 1954)

TOTAL TIME (Estimate) 67.50

CD 6
Joseph Haydn
- Symphony No.88 in G
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded 1964

- Symphony No.98 in B flat
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded 1960

- Symphony No.101 in D “The Clock”

Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded 1960

TOTAL TIME (Estimate) 77.06

CD 7
Joseph Haydn
- Symphony No.95 in C minor
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded 1970

- Symphony No.100 in G “Military”
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded 1965

- Symphony No.102 in B flat
New Philharmonia Orchestra
- Recorded 1965

TOTAL TIME (Estimate) 76.21

CD 8
Joseph Haydn
- Symphony No.92 in G “Oxford”
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded 1971

- Symphony No.104 in D “London”

New Philharmonia Orchestra
- Recorded 1964

TOTAL TIME (Estimate) 62.33

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