• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Cologne RSO/Klemperer Bach Orchestral Suite no 3 etc (ICA Classics)

I can only imagine the expressions of disbelief that will cross the features of younger listeners familiar with sleek chamber orchestra versions as they hear these monumental performances of Bach's Third Suite, Mozart's youthful 29th Symphony and Beethoven's First Symphony.

They are filtered through the compelling and massively authoritative mind and hands of Otto Klemperer, one of the great giants in conducting history. Wonderfully enshrined on disc in this superb CD from International Classical Artists, these performances, from 1954 and 1955, open a window on to another age, one in which this writer, who learned all his Beethoven symphonies from Klemperer's great recordings, was reared. The Bach is slow and absolutely immense, on full symphony orchestra, of course; the Mozart is smooth, svelte and refined; the Beethoven, hugely weighty, is Klemperer incarnate. I do hope some younger listeners take on the challenge of confronting another era.

Michael Tumelty

Contextual targeting label: 
Arts and Entertainment

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

229283