Klemperer/Barenboim Beethoven Concerti

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Klemperer/Barenboim Beethoven Concerti

Has anyone heard this recording of the Beethoven concerti with the Philharmonia? How do they compare to, say, Arrau or Gilels (or any other popular cycles)?

I'm sure Barenboim is excellent, as he is on the sonata cycle, but is it worth the money?

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RE: Klemperer/Barenboim Beethoven Concerti

jtitus1 wrote:

Has anyone heard this recording of the Beethoven concerti with the Philharmonia? How do they compare to, say, Arrau or Gilels (or any other popular cycles)?

I'm sure Barenboim is excellent, as he is on the sonata cycle, but is it worth the money?

Stodgy stuff. My suggestion would be to try fresh approaches, as with Aimard/Harnoncourt. Worth the price? Both sets enjoy bargain-pricing at Amazon Marketplace.

RE: Klemperer/Barenboim Beethoven Concerti

The Barenboim/New Philharmonia/Klemperer set has always been controversial since it came out in 1968.

I have the set and am one of those people who has always found it interesting and liked it. However, to anyone else I'd say listen to it first. I would not have it as my only recording of this music.

I do have the  Aimard/Harnoncourt recording and for 2013 I'd say it's the safer choice.

RE: Klemperer/Barenboim Beethoven Concerti

I haven't played the Barenboim set for years. Interesting I seem to recall but not a first choice or on a par with his EMI sonata cycle. For a modern choice Paul Lewis's set was well reviewed. I haven't heard it but did hear some of the good live Proms performances from around the time these recordings were made.

The thought of Aimard and Harnoncourt in some of my favourite works fills me with horror. I've never been a fan of Harnoncourt and have been singularly unimpressed by Aimard once he is outside of Messaien et al. I seem to recall his playing of a Mozart concerto an absolute dead loss.

The finest stereo cycle I have heard is from Julius Katchen, Piero Gamba & the LSO  with Decca's best full-on early stereo Kingsway Hall sound.  A superb partnership with depth & intensity in the slow movements and some electrifying playing in some of the outer movements which really take flight. Gamba, around 21 years old when the first recording was made (Concerto 3) was a brilliant accompanist who achieved superb results with the brightest and brashest LSO whilst Katchen is as ever magnificent. The current boxed set also includes the Choral Fantasy and the little heard rondo WoO6.

I also like the Kempff/Leitner/BPO set. More Teutonic and restrained and not helped by Kempff playing his own cadenzas: they are not an improvement on Beethoven's.

Brendel's first set (Vox) too I find enjoyable with a lightness, freshness and almost sense of humour not so evident in his later recordings. He also recorded the Choral Fantasy & WoO6 for Vox. 

 

 

RE: Klemperer/Barenboim Beethoven Concerti

Have you heard the Aimard/Harnoncourt set? It was well reviewed by Gramophone.

RE: Klemperer/Barenboim Beethoven Concerti

Notwithstanding the above comments, Katchen/Gamba 4th is excellent but one of the finest ever stereo 4ths is Gilels/Ludwig/Philharmonia followed by Richter-Haaser/Kertesz (both I think currently on Testament CDs).

Nobody however can quite match Schnabel/Sargent for me. 

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