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Beethoven
Grosse Fuge, Op.133
Handel
Concerto grosso in A minor, Op.6/4
Mozart
Adagio & Fugue, K546
Serenade in D, K239 (Serenata notturna)
Serenade in G, K525 (Eine kleine Nachtmusik)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Otto Klemperer

Recorded March and July 1956 in Studio No.1, Abbey Road, London
CD No: EMI 3 77364 2
Duration: 72 minutes
Reviewed: December 2006
Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) was a giant among conductors; his unvarnished and trenchant performances have easily stood the test of time. In this collection of string-orchestra pieces – from Beethoven’s titanic Grosse Fuge to Mozart’s easygoing serenades with Handel made an ultra-Romantic – the full resources of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s strings are deployed for spacious readings of significance and weight. Good stereo sound.

 

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