Beethoven Symphony No. 7 180g LP
180g Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) is remembered more as an old man whose last years
embraced the refinement of analogue stereo recording and the burgeoning of color
television (his performances of Beethoven Symphonies at the Royal Festival Hall
were captured by the BBC). As a young man though, he was at the vanguard of much
of the new music of the 20th century, and was friends with Mahler (assisting at
the premiere of Mahler's 8th Symphony) and championed works by Janacek,
Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Hindemith, as well as being a composer himself.
Arguably his greatest legacy is the raft of superb recordings he made for EMI
from 1954 until 1971, with his interpretations of Beethoven and Brahms
symphonies particularly celebrated.
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with
the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted
Studer A80 tape deck with additional "advance" playback head, ensuring a
completely analogue process.
In the original 1972 review in the GRAMOPHONE they wrote:
"The main object of this new recording, I imagine, is to give us [Klemperer's]
commanding version of this symphony in a really up to date recording and in this
HMV's engineers have been highly successful. The remastered version of his older
recording still sounds very well but one has only to compare a few bars to be
convinced of the greater superiority of this new edition. It has a more
immediate presence which increases the impact of this magisterial reading of the
score, while the extremely well defined string bass draws attention to important
points one might otherwise overlook; as for example, the place in the slow
movement where the accompaniment to the main tune changes from quavers into
triplets... As most readers will know by now, you must take Klemperer's
Beethoven on his own terms: and his own terms are both impressive, and what is
more important, often extraordinarily revealing."
• Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl
• Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
• Superior Audiophile Pressing
• Features Original Album Artwork
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Otto Klemperer, conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Symphony No. 7
1. 1st Movement: Poco sostenuto - Vivace
2. 2nd Movement: Allegretto
1. 3rd Movement: Presto - Assai meno presto
2. 4th Movement: Allegro con brio
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) (Otto Klemperer arrangements)
Gavotte with Six variations
Recorded on 12 - 13 October 1968 at Number 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London