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Otto Klemperer (14 May 1885 – 6 July 1973) was a German conductor and composer. He is widely regarded as one of the leading conductors of the 20th century.

Otto Klemperer (14 May 1885 – 6 July 1973) was a German conductor and composer. He is widely regarded as one of the leading conductors of the 20th century. Otto Klemperer was born in Breslau, Silesia Province, then in Germany (now Wrocław, Poland), as a son of Nathan Klemperer, a native of Prague, Bohemia (today's Czech Republic). Klemperer studied music first at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt, and later at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin under James Kwast and Hans Pfitzner. He followed Kwast to three institutions and credited him with the whole basis of his musical development. In 1905 he met Gustav Mahler while conducting the off-stage brass at a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection. He also made a piano reduction of the second symphony. The two men became friends, and Klemperer became conductor at the German Opera in Prague in 1907 on Mahler's recommendation. Mahler wrote a short testimonial, recommending Klemperer, on a small card which Klemperer kept for the rest of his life. Later, in 1910, Klemperer assisted Mahler in the premiere of his Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand.

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    Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) was one of the most celebrated German conductors of the 20th century. On the 8 February 1954 Klemperer made...
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    Hungarian-born Géza Anda (1921–1976) was described by the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler as ‘a troubadour of the piano’ whose early death robbed the world of one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. This spine-tingling account of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 has never been issued before. It is a ‘live’ studio recording from 1958 with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra accompanied by Georg Solti, a fellow Hungarian, and the performance generates enormous electricity between the two artists. The live recording from 1954 of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.2 conducted by Otto Klemperer has been newly remastered and is released for the first time on CD. The live recording from 1954 of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.2 conducted by Otto Klemperer has been issued before but it has been newly remastered for this release. It qualifies for a re-release on the basis that it is one the most recommendable versions of the work and should... More details

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    Klemperer's conducting of the Brahms's Requiem, one of the cornerstones of the choral repertoire, achieves true greatness. Gramophone Magazine said of his 1961 recording, ' a conductor who's rugged feeling for the music pays colossal dividends' sums up this 1956 account. Both Elisabeth Grummer (soprano) and Herman Prey (baritone) were internationally renowned and highly respected. This live studio recording from the WDR in Cologne has never been issued before. More details

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    Otto Klemperer was widely regarded as one of the leading conductors of the 20th century along with his compatriots, Wilhelm Furtwängler and Bruno Walter. These performances date from 1955, a period when Klemperer was at his most authoritative, spending a number of seasons guest conducting in Cologne with great success. Both Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream and Beethoven Symphony No.8 are sourced from the original WDR tapes and have been superbly remastered. They appear for the first time on CD. More details

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    Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) was one of the most celebrated German conductors of the 20th century. On the 8 February 1954 Klemperer made his debut in Cologne with Mozart's Symphony No.29 a favourite of the conductor. Eigel Kruttge who had been Klemperer's assistant at the Cologne Opera in the 1920's was the producer at the KRSO, famously described Klemperer's initial rehearsal as 'From the first bars, the lions claws' and apt description for the tall and imposing conductor. Following the success of the Klemperer's first concert, he was invited back in the same month to conduct Beethoven's Symphony No.1 which Kruttge wrote 'Everything absolutely right'. The broadcast of the Bach Suite No.3, another favourite work of the conductor, followed in October 1955, almost a year after he recorded them with the Philharmonia. WDR's broadcasts of all these concerts are of very high technical quality and have never been issued before. More details

 

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