Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Great conductors of the 20TH century EMI VOL.28 - Kempe

CD1 (77.07)

Brahms: Tragic Overture
Berliner Philharmoniker; Grunewaldkirche, Berlin, January 1960

Bruckner: Symphony No.4 ‘Romantic’
Live studio recording; Münchner Philharmoniker; Herkulessaal, Munich, November 1972

CD2 (79.07)

Beethoven: Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’
Live recording; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Smetana Hall, Prague, May 1974

Wolf: Italian Serenade
Live studio recording; Münchner Philharmoniker; Herkulessaal, Munich, June 1971

Ravel: ‘Daphnis et Chloé’ – Suite No.2
Live studio recording; Philharmonischer Chor & Münchner Philharmoniker;
Herkulessaal, Munich, December 1974

Johann Strauss II: Leichtes Blut – Polka
Wiener Philharmoniker; Musikvereinssaal, Wien, December 1960

THE BIOGRAPHY - Rudolf Kempe (1910-1976)

The German conductor Rudolf Kempe was born in 1910 at Niederpoyritz, near Dresden, where he studied (with Fritz Busch) at the city’s Musikhochschule. In 1928 he was appointed principal oboist with the Dortmund Opera orchestra and almost immediately to a similar position with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (1929-36). There he played under Furtwängler, Richard Strauss, Beecham, Walter, Klemperer and Erich Kleiber. He made his conducting debut in 1935 with the Leipzig Opera, where he was employed as répétiteur and assistant conductor (1936-42). After the war, he established his credentials as an opera conductor in Chemnitz (1945-48), Weimar (1948-49), Dresden, where he also conducted the Staatskapelle (1949-52), and Munich (1952-54). His international reputation was secured by guest appearances at the Vienna State Opera (1951), Covent Garden (1953), the Metropolitan Opera in New York (1954) and Bayreuth (1960). In 1961, he became chief conductor of the Royal Philharmonic at the invitation of Sir Thomas Beecham, becoming the Orchestra’s ‘principal conductor for life’ in 1970. He left the RPO in 1975 to become chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra but died one year later. He was also music director of the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra (1965-72) and the Munich Philharmonic (1967-76). With his solid grounding in German opera houses it is not surprising that Kempe is remembered particularly as an outstanding interpreter of the works of Wagner and Richard Strauss.


With much of Kempe’s commercial discography currently available on CD, this compilation concentrates on the conductor’s live broadcasts. The 1972 studio performance of Bruckner’s ‘Romantic’ Symphony with the Munich Philharmonic appears on disc for the first time, as do the Munich performances of Wolf’s Italian Serenade (from 1971) and the Second Suite from Ravel’s ballet Daphnis et Chloé (from 1974). Elsewhere, Kempe’s associations with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras are recognised in recordings from 1960 of Brahms’s Tragic Overture and Strauss’s Polka Leichtes Blut. The live recording of Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony, from the 1974 Prague Festival, is also new to the catalogue and represents Kempe’s long and fruitful relationship with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It also complements the conductor’s earlier EMI studio recordings in Berlin (1959) and Munich (1972) by supplying the added excitement of a live occasion. Conductors of The 20th Century Vol 28- Rudolf Kempe.part1.rar Conductors of The 20th Century Vol 28- Rudolf Kempe.part2.rar Conductors of The 20th Century Vol 28- Rudolf Kempe.part3.rar Conductors of The 20th Century Vol 28- Rudolf Kempe.part4.rar

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