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Erich Kleiber Conducts Beethov


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  • Audio CD (April 16 2002)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dutton Labs UK
  • ASIN: B00005UWO9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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This inexpensive Dutton CD offers good transfers of Kleiber's 1929 Beethoven 2nd with the Berlin Opera and his Beethoven "Pastoral" from 1948 with the London Philharmonic. These are both fine readings - but Kleiber re-recorded both in versions that are better played and in better sound.
I first owned this 2nd on an imported Historia LP set of the complete symphonies. This set had an intriguing premise: each symphony was performed by a different "historic" conductor. The choices were: 1. Pfitzner, 2. this Kleiber, 3. Keilberth, 4. Mengelberg, 5. R. Strauss, 6. Toscanini, 7. Rudolph Schulz-Dornburg (a terrific performance that proved to be the hidden gem of the entire set), 8. Bruno Walter, and 9. Furtwangler (the 1942 version in horrible sound). Later this Kleiber was on a Heliodor LP (with German Dances K. 600), and later still it turned up on a budget Olympia LP set mis-attributed to Furtwangler!
This 2nd was completely superseded by Kleiber's 1938 recording with the Belgian National Orchestra (recently on a Teldec CD, coupled with Kleiber's excellent 1935 Schubert 8th). Kleiber's re-make was worthy of standing along side the classic Weingartner reading (now on Naxos) - Kleiber's last mvt. was even more virtuosic.
This "Pastoral" is a fine account - but Kleiber's 1953 recording with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (slated for re-release this year in a 6-disc Decca set devoted to Kleiber) was even better played, and the mono sound was beautiful.
Suggestion: Try to get a copy of the Teldec CD for a much better Beethoven 2nd, and get in line for that new Decca set, which will have Kleiber's better 1953 "Pastoral" and such great items as his 1950 7th and 1952 9th, Mozart's 39 & 40, and a great Schubert 9th.
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This is a very good historical reissue from the folks at Dutton Labs UK. This title features the great conductor Erich Kleiber, father of Carlos, conducting Beethoven's 2nd & 6th Symphonies. The highlight of the disc is the Pastoral -- a 1948 recording with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. It is delightfully paced and full of explosive power in the "thunderstorm" movement, despite its mono-sound shortcomings. Unfortunately, the 1929 account of the 2nd with the Berlin Opera Orchestra is of even poorer sound quality, though it is wonderful to hear Kleiber with youthful vigor. Those curious about Erich Kleiber's considerable talents should first check out his Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5 CD on Decca Legends, because of its better overall quality, but this Dutton title is a logical next step.
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Another Gem from Dutton Feb. 16 2004
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on Amazon.com
This is a very good historical reissue from the folks at Dutton Labs UK. This title features the great conductor Erich Kleiber, father of Carlos, conducting Beethoven's 2nd & 6th Symphonies. The highlight of the disc is the Pastoral -- a 1948 recording with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. It is delightfully paced and full of explosive power in the "thunderstorm" movement, despite its mono-sound shortcomings. Unfortunately, the 1929 account of the 2nd with the Berlin Opera Orchestra is of even poorer sound quality, though it is wonderful to hear Kleiber with youthful vigor. Those curious about Erich Kleiber's considerable talents should first check out his Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5 CD on Decca Legends, because of its better overall quality, but this Dutton title is a logical next step.
A memorable 'Day in the Country', despite a momentary squall July 11 2014
By Henry Raymont - Published on Amazon.com
If I give this recording only four stars it is because it falls slightly short of Erich Kleiber's extraordinary recordings of the Beethoven Fifth, Sixth and Ninth, not to mention his Nozze and the Rosenkavalier.
Moreover, I cannot truly claim to write a dispassionate 'review' of Erich Kleiber's art of conducting. had the good fortune of being a young reporter in Buenos Aires when he 'reigned supreme', one can fairly say, from the podium of the Teatro Colon. He was one of two conductors regularly brought to lead the 'German season' (the other was Fritz Busch).

I subsequently heard him in Copenhagen (with the Danish Radio Orchestra and in Vienna (1950/1 ?). In Vienna I attended his recording sessions of "Nozze di Figaro" (Siepi, Hilde Gueden, Lisa della Casa--the same cast as Buenos Aires with the exception of the Bartolo. In Vienna it was Fernando Corena, whereas at the Colon the role fell to the inimitable basso buffo, Salvatore Baccaloni. Anticipating the eventually wide-spread use of the microphone to amplify the voice in certain large halls, Don Salvatore quipped: "You putta mosquito to a microphone and what do you have? Un altro Baccaloni".

I especially remember how Kleiber inspired the Colon Orchestra with his musical evocations--his rehearsals of the Beethoven 'Eroica', where the climax of the slow movement had him hectoring the orchestra to evoke Beethoven's 'dialogue with the Gods'. We then flew across the Andes where I heard him conduct the same concert program--Dvorak's Carnival overture, Beethoven's Third and Mozart's Symphony No. 33. Encore--a Viennese Waltz, of course.

Kleiber was very eclectic in his programming, as one can tell from the range of his repertory--from his superb Mozart and Beethoven recordings, to his Hindemith and Berg's Wozzek (I believe he conducted the world premiere).
He also led a memorable stage production of Honegger's Jean d'Arc au Boucher with the Chilean soprano Clara Oyela and a French cast......

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