Monday, April 18, 2011

Great conductors of the 20TH century EMI VOL.20 - Kletzki

CD1 [75.37]

Berlioz: Overture ‘Benvenuto Cellini’
Philharmonia Orchestra; Kingsway Hall, London; September 1951

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Herkulessaal, Munich; May 1967 (Live)

Schubert: 'Rosamunde' - Entr'acte after Act 3

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Kingsway Hall; October 1958

Dvorák: Slavonic Dances, Op.46 Nos.6 & 7 & Op.72 No.7
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française; French Radio Studios, Paris; July 1961

CD2 [72.10]

Mendelssohn: Overture 'Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage', Op.27
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Tel Aviv; May 1954

Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Rudolfinum, Prague; December 1965 (Live)

Wagner: Träume (Wesendonck-Lieder No.5) (orch. Wagner)
Hugh Bean & Philharmonia Orchestra; Kingsway Hall; August & September 1958

Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien, Op.45
Philharmonia Orchestra; Kingsway Hall; September 1958


The Polish-Swiss conductor Paul Kletzki was born in Lódz on 21 March 1900 and was educated at the Warsaw Conservatory and University and at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik. Early influences were Emil Mlynarski, Arnold Schoenberg and Wilhelm Furtwängler. After successes as both composer and conductor, he left Berlin for Italy in 1934 and in 1939 settled in Switzerland. Concerts at the Lucerne Festival (1943-46) and La Scala (1946) laid the foundation for his post-war fame. He was among the first conductors of the Philharmonia in London and developed important links with the Israel, Warsaw and Czech Philharmonics. He held posts with the Liverpool Philharmonic (1954-5), the Dallas SO (1958-61), the Berne SO (1964-6) and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (1967-70). He died in Liverpool on 5 March 1973.


Kletzki's outstanding live performance with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra of Brahms's Symphony No.4 (a work he did not record commercially) is an important addition to the conductor's discography. His live Munich performance of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony from 1967 gives the collector the opportunity to hear Kletzki's magnificent interpretation of a work he recorded commercially only once, in 1946 at the start of his recording career. The overtures by Berlioz and Mendelssohn are new to CD, as is Wagner's orchestration of the fifth of his Wesendock songs, a real rarity, dating from 1958 and featuring the Philharmonia's leader, Hugh Bean. Kletzki's 1961 selection of Dvo_ák's Slavonic Dances, long unavailable, also appears on CD for the first time. The compilation is completed by the stereo remake from 1958 of Tchaikovsky's Capriccio italien, even more impressive than the excellent mono recording made in 1950.

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