Schubert - "Unfinished" Symphony - Symphony No. 5 - Klemperer on 180g Import LP
Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios
Otto Klemperer’s reputation lies almost entirely on the recordings he made for EMI with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the last two decades of his life. As a young man though, he was at the vanguard of much of the new music of the 20th century, and was friends with Mahler (assisting at the premiere of Mahler’s 8th Symphony) and championed works by Janacek, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Hindemith, as well as being a composer himself.
The Viennese tradition of Beethoven, Brahms was something in which Klemperer was, of course, immersed and Franz Schubert was no exception, as these heralded performances of his "Unfinished Symphony and Symphony No. 5 - recorded on May 20 and February 4 & 6, 1963 at Kingsway Hall, London with legendary producer Walter Legge and engineer Douglas Larter - certainly attest.
Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England. Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analog process. It also features the original album artwork.
“The first movement of the Unfinished is a surprise...Klemperer plays it swiftly, keeps it going throughout, and the result is both beautiful and extremely exciting. Here is an example of a great interpreter going straight to the score itself and just playing what is written there...the playing of both symphonies...is always marvelous; and...the recording...is very good indeed. I would recommend these performances above the others without hesitation.” - original April 1964 Gramophone review
Franz Schubert (composer)
Otto Klemperer (conductor)
Schubert - "Unfinished Symphony - Symphony No. 5 - Klemperer Track Listing:
1. Symphony No. 5 in B flat major D485 - Allegro
2. Symphony No. 5 in B flat major D485 - Andante con moto
3. Symphony No. 5 in B flat major D485 - Menuetto (Allegro molto) & Trio
4. Symphony No. 5 in B flat major D485 - Allegro vivace
5. Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” - Allegro moderato
6. Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” - Andante con moto