ARC-109 // Klemperer in Amsterdam (2)

Live recordings 1948/1951 from the Dutch Radio Archive


Otto Klemperer


  • Mozart: Symphony No.25 K.183
  • Beethoven: Symphony No.7
  • Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Hermann Schey, bar.)

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This is the only existing Klemperer recording of Mahler´s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. As far as the Mozart and Beethoven symphonies are concerned, they offer an interesting comparison with Klemperer´s own studio recordings. These live recordings from Klemperer´s pre-EMI period refute the stereotype of the conductor´s heavy diction and slow tempi: here are passionate interpretations, full of tension and dynamics with Toscanini-like rapid tempi. Some passages of the finale in the 7th symphony exceed even Beethoven´s own metronome markings.

„As a whole the performance is very strong, forthright and of high quality. It is a valuable record of Klemperer´s early postwar style. the sound is remarkably full and vivid for its period." (Gramophone)

„The Mozart G-minor Symphony is much faster throughout than Klemperer´s EMI recording at 33 rpm. This live performance is more human, more felicitous in every way." (Fanfare)


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