New Klemperer releases on EMI

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Anand Ramachandran
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New Klemperer releases on EMI

I recently got the new box sets released by EMI of Klemperer's Beethoven and Bruckner recordings. In the past, I had resisted exploring Klemperer's oeuvre having formed the impression (which I now think is false) that his conducting was slow and ponderous. His Bruckner 4 moves at a fair speed and his pacing of the Beethoven symphonies does not seem ponderous at all compared to Thielemann and Barenboim, it just sounds magisterial. In the clarity of his articulation and balances he is comparable to Gunter Wand. I would be most interested to know what others feel about his conducting.  Anand


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