Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 (Eroica)
Symphony No.29 in A, K201
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra [Beethoven]
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven recorded 17 April 1958 in Konserthuset, Stockholm; Mozart on 15 April 1956 in Herkulessaal, Munich
Reviewed by: Antony Hodgson
Reviewed: July 2009
CD No: MEDICI MASTERS
Duration: 79 minutes
I preferred the first Klemperer Columbia ‘Eroica’ to the later stereo studio version and this live Swedish version provides an interpretation closer to the earlier reading but with the additional advantage of decent stereo sound. I have heard other Klemperer performances of the work in the concert hall but I suggest that this excellent Medici Arts version gives the best recorded representation of what Klemperer felt about the music.
I would have preferred applause to have been removed, but I recommend this careful refurbishment by Tony Faulkner, which provides excellent quality.