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Klemperer: The Brahms Symphonies vol.1 (24/48 FLAC)

Klemperer: The Brahms Symphonies vol.1 (24/48 FLAC)

Klemperer: The Brahms Symphonies vol.1 (24/48 FLAC)

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Otto Klemperer
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Pristine
Release: 2012
Size: 587 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
01. 1st mvt. – Un poco sostenuto – Allegro
02. 2nd mvt. – Andante sostenuto
03. 3rd mvt. – Un poco allegretto e grazioso
04. 4th mvt. – Adagio – Più andante – Allegro non troppo ma con brio

05. Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

The classic 1956-57 Klemperer Brahms recordings, made with the Philharmonia Orchestra by EMI in London’s Kingsway Hall, have long been regarded by many as perhaps the finest ever made. Happily the EMI engineers opted to record in stereo, at a time when far too many recordings were still being made in mono, and stereo reproduction in the home was limited to a very narrow range of open-reel tape machines.

For the day, the recordings stand up reasonably well, though as the 1976 review above demonstrates, as little as twenty years later they were showing their age, and so it’s little surprise that 55 years after the event Klemperer’s Brahms comes across as a little faded and dusty, if only in sound quality.

Happily this can now be rectified to quite stunning effect. 32-bit XR remastering has served here to bring a quality of sound unimaginable in 1957 to these recordings, shedding decades in the process, and revealing a depth, vibrancy and dynamism that previous issues simply failed to convey.

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