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Great Conductors of the 20th Century - Paul Kletzki Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00006IGIR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Benvenuto Cellini: Overture - Philharmonia Orchestra
2. I. Andante - Allegro Con Anima - Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks
3. II. Andante Cantabile, Con Alcuna Licenza - Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks
4. III. Valse. Allegro Moderato - Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks
5. IV. Finale. Andante Maestoso - Allegro Vivace - Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks
6. No. 5: Entr'Acte Nach Dem 3. Aufzug - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
7. In D Major, Op46 No.6 - Paul Kletzki
8. In C Minor, Op.46 No.7 - Paul Kletzki
9. In C Major, Op.72 No.7 - Paul Kletzki
Disc: 2
1. Ouverture 'Meeresstille Und Gluckliche Fahrt', Op.27 - Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
2. I. Allegro Non Troppo - Paul Kletzki
3. II. Andante Moderato - Paul Kletzki
4. III. Allegro Giocoso - Poco Meno Presto - Tempo I - Paul Kletzki
5. IV. Allegro Energico E Passionato - Piu Allegro - Paul Kletzki
6. No.5: Traume - Hugh Bean
7. Capriccio Italien, Op.45 - Philharmonia Orchestra

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's sad that the "Great Conductors of the 20th Century" reissue series has not gotten more notice on Amazon and in other places, because it has my vote for the best reissue program thus far of the 21st Century. Drawing from the archives of all the major classical labels (EMI, Sony, BMG, DG, Decca, Philips, Supraphon, etc.), EMI and IMG Artists have assembled a wonderful series of affordable two-disc sets by the leading conductors of the last century. And unlike its counterpart, "The Great Pianists of the 20th Century," which are basically compilations of material already available on other CDs, the "Great Conductors" features rare and, for the most part, previously unreleased performances!
This particular CD, Volume 20, features the great Paul Kletzki, a conductor who is woefully underrepresented on CD at the present time. (His wonderful recordings of Sibelius, Prokofiev, Beethoven, and others are currently unavailable -- in fact the only decent recordings of his that are in print is the Chopin Piano Concerto with Pollini, and only a couple of Mahler discs!) As the track information is not abundantly clear above, allow me to mention that these two discs feature memorable stereo performances of Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony and Capriccio Italien, Brahms' 4th Symphony, 3 of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, an excerpt from Schubert's ballet "Rosamunde," and a Wagner song. There are also two mono performances from the early 50s --Berlioz's "Benvenuto Cellini" Overture and Mendelssohn's "Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage" Overture. Kletzki, who was probably best associated with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic, also performs here with Bavarian RSO, Royal Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Fowler on February 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I am a big fan of the Great Conductor series. All volumes offer interesting perspectives from conductors whose abilities range from above average to brilliant. This volume, devoted to the conducting of Paul Kletzki, shares two traits with other items from the series: a great assortment of music that fits very well together, and performances by several great orchestras that allow the listener to appreciate the variety of orchestral tones that were particularly evident in the 1950s and 1960s. In particular, this volume presents two of my favorite orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Tchaikovsky Symphony 5) and the Czech Philharmonic (Brahms Symphony 4).

Recorded sound is perfectly acceptable, all in stereo except for the mono recordings of the Berlioz and Mendelssohn Overtures. Sound on Cappriccio Italien is particularly good, and this is perhaps my favorite performance on the disk. I thought that the Brahms symphony offered very good pacing throughout, with a particularly vibrant third movement. The last movement maintained attention and never dragged. I give the set four stars because all of the pieces offer convincing performances, but I'm withholding the fifth star because none of them are in that really, really outstanding first rank. Still, I am very glad to have these works in my collection.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 21, 2005
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Sometimes one feels that the Great Conductors series is just a convenient way for EMI to push recordings that otherwise wouldn't sell. I don't think there's much market for these performances from the Polish-born, Swiss-naturalized Paul Kletzki. When he died in 1973 Kletzki had had a strong career as a perennial guest condcutor around Europe--he appears on these two CDs with five different orchestras from London to Prague. Kletzki made lots of records for EMI, but none that I've heard really rose to any level of inspiration.

In fact, I would rate this set as one of the poorer compilations in the whole series. The big works here are a live Tchaikovsky Fifth with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra (stereo, 1967) and a less well recorded Brahms Fourth with the Czech Phil. (stereo, 1965). Neither strikes me as anything but ordinary, or worth salvaging, really, despite their honest, sober ways. Neither orchestra sounds at its best. Nor are the minor works, such as a cautious Benevenuto Cellini Over. and a decent enough Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Happy Voyage Over., anything notable.

The happiest item is the Capriccio Italien that wraps up CD 2, a 1958 studio recording with the Philharmonia. It is fresh and lively, without a trace of bombast or fakery. I liked it better than anything else here, but one bright performance can't save the dullness of the rest. Overall, this is a perfect set to keep around in case somebody claims that Kletzki was great just becasue his records are out of print.
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