What remains to be said, about Otto Klemperer ? He was one of the true masters of conducting ; up there, with von Karajan ... Solti ... Toscanini ... Leinsdorf ... Beecham ... Krips ... Richard Strauss ... Stokowski ... Rattle ... the whole lot.
David Bird gave a talk on Klemperer, to the Redbridge Music Society in 2010, and among others, pointed out that the conductor :-
- was a man of immense intellectual honesty and humility ;
- always strove to be faithful to the score, and never interjected selfish conductor-interpretations ;
- had a wide taste in music, and championed modern music ;
- paid attention to the overall structure of the music, and tried to ensure that no aspect of the work, was obscured ;
- was an expert-interpreter of the German / Austrian Greats (J S Bach, Mozart , Beethoven , Bruckner , Mahler , Wagner , J Haydn , Schubert , Schumann , Brahms , Mendelssohn etc.).
These recordings are of Otto Klemperer at the Concertgebouw, a much-celebrated music hall in Amsterdam ("concertgebouw" translates from Dutch, into English, as "concert building"). They were all recorded in January to April, 1951.
1) Ah, Perfido ! Op.65, by Beethoven (feat. soprano Gre Brouwenstijn ; 13:10).
Nights in the Garden of Spain, by Manuel de Falla (feat. pianist Willem Andriessen ; 20:36) :-
2) I "At the Generalife", Allegretto tranquillo et misterioso. 3) a) II "Distant Dance", Allegretto giusto b) III "In the Gardens of the Mountains of Cordoba", Vivo.
Sinfonietta, by Leos Janacek (23:34) :-
4) a) I Allegretto b) II Andante c) III Moderato d) IV Allegretto e) V Allegro.
Concerto for Viola & Orchestra, by Bartok (feat. William Primrose on viola ; 20:11) :-
5) I Moderato 6) II Adagio Religioso. Allegro vivace.
The CD is in EX+ condition.