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Beethoven Symphony No. 3 'Eroica'
Ludwig van Beethoven, Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 'Eroica'
Genre: Classical
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All Artists: Ludwig van Beethoven, Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra
Title: Beethoven Symphony No. 3 'Eroica'
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: EMI Classics
Release Date: 4/9/2002
Album Type: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
Genre: Classical
Style: Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724356774124, 724356774155

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One of the truly great Eroicas
Robert J. Higgs | Kogarah Bay, NSW Australia | 10/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This mono performance, recorded in 1955, is not the same one which was released in the Klemperer legacy series (that was a stereo performance, recorded in 1959), but it is far better as an interpretation. The first movement is magnificent and it sounds as though it was recorded in a complete take. The funeral march is a little too fast, and the principal oboe does not sound sad at all, but apart from that I am sure everything is as Beethoven would have wanted it. This is a very well known recording and it deserves special attention. It is a pity that Klemperer slowed down by the time the stereo performance was made, for he ruins the first movement, and therefore the whole symphony, by his plodding tempo. Yet amazingly the stereo recording gets all the acclaim. Avoid it and buy this mono performance."
Robert J. Higgs | 04/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This Eroica is a stunner. It hardly sounds like a mono recording, so good is the recording. It is a much better interpretation than the stereo which is slower. Here Klemperer is in his element. Tempi are well-judged and flows smoothly. You are magnetized from first to last and the performance never sags. Great recording indeed. This Eroica is on Grammophone's top 100 Classical List and I can say it deserves its reputation. The reviewer below must be extremely sensitive to sonics. I listen to a lot of both mono and stereo recordings because a lot of the mono are classics (unfortunately). I can say that this mono sound is the best mono you can possibly get. In fact, if you are listening on speakers (NOT WALKMAN HEADPHONES), you probably can't tell that it's mono - just a hint. If you listen on headphones it's more obvious but the mono is still far better than normal mono."
Even better than the stereo recording on Legacy Series
HZBogani | Venezuela | 01/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Klemperer sober, unsentimental funeral march is the hallmark for me here. In the booklet you can read that even Karajan, whose 1962 Eroica is one of the best in the catalog was expecting some day to conduct the funeral march the way Klemperer does. The whole account is electrifing, very dramatic, powerful and the balance of the orchestra perfect, every line is well articulated. One of the best ever!!!."