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Otto Klemperer conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra (in very good early stereo, btw).
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Mozart, Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra
July 12, 2015
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The tempo is surprisingly shaky in the beginning, but gets better when the exposition is repeated (1:40) and improves further in recapitulation (3:50), as if they have finally found their groove. There are lots of good stuff in the middle movements, and i particularly liked the finale – it sparkles and is truly delightful. Overall, this interpretation may not be “kleine” enough for my post-2000 (period-practice-informed) ears, but it is certainly a pleasure nevertheless.
I completely agree with MarK. I too was struck by the tempo shifts on first hearing it but overall an excellent performance.
Klemperer’s Magic Flute is my favorite performance too.
I actually thought this was a different recording when I posted it. Turns out that Klemperer re-recorded Eine Kleine in 1964 (this recording is from 1956). The 1964 recording is the one I’ve heard many times and it’s slower, but very good. I don’t believe the first movement has tempo fluctuations either.
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