Otto Klemperer / Philharmonia Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)


# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Otto Klemperer
# Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
# Vinyl (1953 / 1978)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 7 of 100
# Size: 980MB (24/96) + 261MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

All of Klemperer’s vaunted “Olympian” qualities were brought to bear in his phenomenal first recording of this work – regarded by many as the greatest of all symphonies – a reading as large-scaled and vital as the work itself. Majestic and powerful in the true classical sense, the listener becomes totally immersed in the compassion and affirmation of Beethoven’s vision.

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This is not only a revelatory performance but also a GREAT performance. I’ve heard many recordings and live performances of this work over the years and basically never had any great affinity for this symphony. Then I saw this recording in the library and checked it out before later purchasing it, mainly because I’d heard many times “you have to hear Klemperer do Beethoven’s 3rd,” (not that I expected it to be any better than any other performance I’d heard of this symphony). The result: I was TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY. For the first time, I heard a coherent, moving, and totally engrossing performance of a symphony which, prior to this, always seemed to be less than the sum of its parts.

Klemperer’s performance here is non-conforming, but it doesn’t matter, because what Klemperer uniquely does in this performance is take you to the very soul of this music. He builds tensions where others just zoom right by and miss whole landscapes completely, and he creates a line that runs through this performance that magnificently climaxes in the 4th movement and pulls the whole symphony together (and in most other performances, the 4th movement instead just sounds like a dash to the finish line without the cohesion or emotional payoff). I’ve since heard quite a few Klemperer performances of this symphony, both from studio recordings and from live performances, and frankly, this is my favorite of them all. Klemperer made many great recordings in his time and he’s one of my favorite conductors, but without a doubt, this has to be among his three best recordings. – “Mogulmeister”,

Track listing

Side One
01 – I. Allegro con brio
02 – II. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)

Side Two
03 – III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) and Trio
04 – IV. Finale: Allegro Molto

You can see a listing of the entire Franklin Mint set here.

Ripping Info:

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4 thoughts on “Otto Klemperer / Philharmonia Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

  1. Steve,
    Thanks for the artwork to keep me straight.
    This episode for me caused me to realizethat on my failed Seagate HD (that’s 3 Seagates I’ve had fail) I’d lost all the other FM pieces I’d downloaded from you. Now back to work ob Boxsets FM from Steve.
    Oh, btw, Klemper #3 and Walter #4 sound great. Kudos!

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