Conducting legend, Otto Klemperer, was in his early 80s, when he first worked with the prodigiously talented 24-year-old pianist, Daniel Barenboim, in 1967. Despite the immense age-gap, there was an immediate rapport between the two musicians, out of which came a Beethoven concerto cycle, like no other the recording industry had yet given the world.
Barenboim has said of Klemperer : "He approached the essence of what he wanted directly and without hesitation. He was not interested in sound, as such, but in correctness of execution of tempo, dynamics, and orchestral balances, over which he took immense care." He was, says Barenboim, an uncompromising musician and human being. No orchestra ever doubted the inner strength that emanated from him.
Disc One :-
Piano Concerto No.1 in C, Op.13, by Beethoven :-
1) I Allegro con brio 2) II Largo 3) III Rondo (Allegro scherzando)
Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat, Op.19 :-
4) I Allegro con brio 5) II Adagio 6) III Rondo (Molto allegro)
Disc Two :-
Piano Concerto No.3 in C-minor, Op.37 :-
1) I Allegro con brio 2) II Largo 3) III Rondo (Allegro)
Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.38 :-
4) I Allegro moderato 5) II Andante con moto 6) III Rondo (Vivace)
Disc Three :-
Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat "Emperor", Op.73 :-
1) I Allegro 2) II Adagio un poco mosso 3) III Rondo (Allegro)
4) Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus & orchestra, Op.80
Discs 1 & 2 are both in EX+ condition.
Disc 3 is in EX condition.