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Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 In D Major (XRCD24 Master)

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Paul Kletzki conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra performing Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in D Major. Paul Kletzki is best remembered for his conducting career but less well known as a composer. Born in Poland in 1900, he joined its Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 15 and after serving in the First World War, studied philosophy at the University of Warsaw. During the 1920s, his compositions were championed by Arturo Toscanini. Kletzki was invited by EMI's Walter Legge to conduct the newly-formed Philharmonia Orchestra in London and many fine recordings were made. In 1954, he was appointed chief conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and between 1958 and 1961, he was principal conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. From 1966 until 1970, he was the General Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He died in 1974. Recorded in stereo on 15 & 16 July 1955 at the Kingsway Hall, London this release is a testament to his talent and abilities. Mastered from the original Master Tapes from the Abbey Road Studios this extended resolution CD (XRCD24) from JVC brings the listener higher fidelity and improved audio quality by enhancing the process of mastering and manufacturing compact discs. This XRCD24 is compatible with all CD players.


1. Allegretto
2. Tempo andante, ma rubato
3. Vivacissimo
4. Finale (Allegro moderato)

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  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Paul Kletzki
  • Composer: Sibelius
  • Audio CD (June 17, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hi-Q Records
  • ASIN: B00JA0HDEW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John J. Puccio TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 17, 2014
I've been reading about, talking about, listening to, evaluating, and comparing classical recordings for well over half a century, and until now I had never once heard mention of Kletzki's Sibelius Second. Yet here it is, remastered in all its early stereo glory. And make no mistake: This is a great performance in good sound. I can only surmise that somebody in the Hi-Q organization loved this particular recording and figured it would make a nice transfer, public recognition be hanged. Or, what do I know, maybe everybody but me knows Kletzki's Sibelius, and I'm more sheltered than I know. In any case, the recording belies its 1955 origins and offers an interpretation second to none. If you have the money for such things, it's a possible consideration.

So, who was Paul Kletzki? He was a Polish conductor and composer of the mid twentieth century (1900-1973) who was semi-famous in his day but rather overshadowed by the giants of the time like Toscanini, Stokowski, Reiner, Walter, Klemperer, Bernstein, Ormandy, Szell, and the like. I know Kletzki mainly because he conducted one of my favorite recordings of all time: the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 with Maurizio Pollini and the Philharmonia Orchestra (EMI). And he conducted a very exciting rendition of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, also for EMI. In the mid Fifties he was the chief conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; in the late Fifties he was the conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; and by the late Sixties he was the General Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. For the most part, though, Kletzki ran under the radar, making only a relative handful of stereo recordings before his death.
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