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  • Audio CD (July 1 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B000001KCG
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Disc: 1
1. Symphony No. 7 In E Minor 'Song Of The Night' (Beginning): Langsam: Allegro con fuoco
2. Symphony No. 7 In E Minor 'Song Of The Night' (Beginning): NAchtmusik I. Allegro moderato
3. Symphony No. 7 In E Minor 'Song Of The Night' (Beginning): Scherzo: Schattenhaft: Fliessend, aber nicht schnell
4. Symphony No. 7 In E Minor 'Song Of The Night' (Beginning): NAchtmusik II. Andante amoroso
Disc: 2
1. Symphony No. 7 'Song Of The Night' (Conclusion): V. Rondo-Finale: Allegro ordinario; Allegro moderato ma energico
2. Symphony No. 4 In E-Flat Major 'Romatic': I. Allegro ma non troppo
3. Symphony No. 4 In E-Flat Major 'Romatic': II. Andante quasi allegretto
4. Symphony No. 4 In E-Flat Major 'Romatic': III. Scherzo
5. Symphony No. 4 In E-Flat Major 'Romatic': IV. Allegro ma non troppo

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Otto Klemperer dirige Bruckner : Symphonie n°4 "Romantique", avec l'Orchestre Symphonique de Vienne - Hans Rosbaud dirige Mahler : Symphonie n°7 "Le Chant de la Nuit" avec l'Orchestre Symphonique de la Radio de Berlin


Neither of these recordings represents its conductor or the music at their best, but both have interesting aspects. The Bruckner was conducted by a somewhat younger and more vital Otto Klemperer than the man who recorded the same work for EMI. But the Vienna Symphony in the postwar era was a scrappy, underfed ensemble that couldn't really produce the sound Bruckner requires. Yet anything Hans Rosbaud recorded is bound to be of some interest, since he was such a commanding and insightful musician. This 1952 broadcast performance doesn't really catch fire like the best Rosbaud, but its insights will still be of great interest to Mahlerians. And you certainly get a lot of music for your money here. --Leslie Gerber

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The old Vox catalog has quite a few gems worthy of reissue. There are however a few horrors that are best left buried. Both these performances fall into the later category. The Klemperer Bruckner 4th is the better of the two but no where in the same league with his later EMI recordings. The orchestra barely hangs in and is noticeably on the thin side. Hans Rosbaud was a very fine Mahler conductor. The Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, at this period in the early 1950's, was an excellent ensemble making many now classic recordings with Ferenc Fricsay for DGG. To call their playing in the Mahler 7th a horror would be kind. The problem is not that they are bad players but that they were probably playing Mahler for the first time and had no idea of what they were getting into. There is a later radio broadcast recording of the 7th by Rosbaud and Sudwestfunks Sinfonieorchester Baden Baden that clearly shows that the conductor knows his Mahler and the orchestra was more familiar with the idiom. In the early 1950's this recording was the only game in town. I suspect though that it probably turned off folks who were not familiar with Mahler. Recommended only for those with a severe case of blind nostalgia.
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HASH(0x9fe9b188) out of 5 stars Try Klemperer's Bavarian Symphony recording instead April 22 2005
By Andrew R. Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
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Be warned: this is not typical Bruckner. The tempi are quicker, the textures leaner (odd things to associate with Klemperer, but true). Klemperer's version of Bruckner's 4th Symphony in this recording is clear-eyed, dramatic and propulsive. Like other recordings Klemperer made for Vox in the early 1950's, it captures more of the qualities that we heard in his live performances later in his life. And, like the other Klemperer/Vienna Symphony recordings, it suffers from the Vienna Symphony's thin and coarse playing. They try hard, but in the end the performance suffers from their inadequacy. Vox complicates matters with detailed but harsh sound. You can find the same basic interpretation in Klemperer's later, better-played and recorded live performance with the Bavarian Radio Symphony. That live recording matches this one in tempi, phrasing and basic interpretive stance. It's a 5-star performance. This should be 4-5 stars for the interpretation; it's 0-1 star for the playing and recording.