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Symphonies 4-6: Coriolan Overture Import


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  • Audio CD (May 15 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Supraphon
  • ASIN: B00004TQY0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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The Supraphon label has been doing an excellent job of reissuing large parts of their back catalog over the last few years. Not only are they remastering the numerous recordings of conductor Karel Ancerl in the "Gold Edition," but they are also releasing many of the Czech Philharmonic's performances with visiting conductors. One such reissue is a brilliant Beethoven Symphony Cycle with conductor Paul Kletzki, of which this set is Volume 2. As the track information is non-existent above, allow me to mention that this is a 2-CD set with disc one featuring the 4th and 5th Symphonies, and disc two featuring the 6th Symphony and Coriolan Overture. The Coriolan was recorded in 1964, the 4th and 6th in 1965, and the 5th in 1967, and they are all in stereo. My first introduction to Kletzki as a conductor was via a now out-of-print EMI Seraphim of the 2nd Sibelius Symphony, and the volume dedicated to him in the "Great Conductors of the Century" series (see my review of the latter). The liner notes of the Great Conductors disc heaped praise on the Kletzki Beethoven performances featured here, and I can now see why. The performances are magical, with excellent pacing, revealing the vast intricacies of the music. While other Beethoven Cycles undoubtedly receive more accolades, this is an excellent set that no serious collector should be without. However, those looking for their first Beethoven Cycle or Symphony purchase, the Szell/Cleveland recordings on Sony Essential Classics are still the best buy in classical music (see my reviews).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant Beethoven July 6 2003
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on Amazon.com
The Supraphon label has been doing an excellent job of reissuing large parts of their back catalog over the last few years. Not only are they remastering the numerous recordings of conductor Karel Ancerl in the "Gold Edition," but they are also releasing many of the Czech Philharmonic's performances with visiting conductors. One such reissue is a brilliant Beethoven Symphony Cycle with conductor Paul Kletzki, of which this set is Volume 2. As the track information is non-existent above, allow me to mention that this is a 2-CD set with disc one featuring the 4th and 5th Symphonies, and disc two featuring the 6th Symphony and Coriolan Overture. The Coriolan was recorded in 1964, the 4th and 6th in 1965, and the 5th in 1967, and they are all in stereo. My first introduction to Kletzki as a conductor was via a now out-of-print EMI Seraphim of the 2nd Sibelius Symphony, and the volume dedicated to him in the "Great Conductors of the Century" series (see my review of the latter). The liner notes of the Great Conductors disc heaped praise on the Kletzki Beethoven performances featured here, and I can now see why. The performances are magical, with excellent pacing, revealing the vast intricacies of the music. While other Beethoven Cycles undoubtedly receive more accolades, this is an excellent set that no serious collector should be without. However, those looking for their first Beethoven Cycle or Symphony purchase, the Szell/Cleveland recordings on Sony Essential Classics are still the best buy in classical music (see my reviews).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Magnificent! May 5 2007
By L. Johan - Published on Amazon.com
Paul Kletzki's Beethoven symphony cycle from 1964-68, with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, is not as famous as other cycles from the same era. However, it deserves to be ranked very highly, in the ideal Beethoven Symphony Hall of Fame. Because Kletzki's interpretations are nothing but first rate performances. If you're used to other, more "mainstream" interpretations, these recordings will show you a truer Beethoven, or at least a Beethoven that you haven't heard before. The power, presence, and passion of these performances are simply breathtaking.

The orchestra deserves a special comment. The departments play with an electrifying commitment, which might be a rare thing when it comes to standard repertoire works. It's like they played this music for the first time. If you'll not be moved by this, nothing ever will.

Finally, the Supraphone engineering is excellent, capturing the spaciousness of the fine Dvorák Hall of the Rudolfinum Hall in Prague.

In sum, this is a magnificent Beethoven symphony cycle to cherish. I rank it together with Klemperer's (EMI), Furtwängler's (Music & Arts, EMI), Toscanini's (RCA), and Weingartner's (Opus Kura, Naxos) as one of the best cycles on record. Warmly and strongly recommended!

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