Klemperer: Haydn Symphonies Nos. 100 & 102 - Columbia SMC 91433 (w/g)
Jacket EX / LP EX
This handsome and outstanding LP from German Columbia / EMI (SMC 91433 / SAXW 9639, German pressing, white/gold label, stereo, original inner sleeve included) features Otto Klemperer's wonderfully bouyant and beautifully poised accounts of Haydn's Symphonies No. 100 in G Major 'Military' and No. 102 in B Major, both recorded in London with the New Philharmonia Orchestra at EMI Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, London in 1965.
There is none of the heaviness that occasionally mars Klemperer's late studio recordings and these Haydn performances find him and orchestra on smiling, festive form. There are few finer calllilng cards for this great conductor than this. The remarkably elegant – and elegiac – Adagio from the Symphony No. 102 is just one of many magical moments. These recordings were not well received in the pages of The Gramophone, which found them overly serious and stodgy. No less exacting a critic than Igor Stravinsky warmly praised Klemperer's Haydn and felt he was among the few conductors who properly understood the Minuet movements.
Moreover, these recordings are preserved here in a beautiful German Columbia pressing.
Incidentally, there are fine liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket – provided in both German and English – by Karl Schumann.