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Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)
Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo-Soprano), Theo Adam (Bass-Baritone), Teresa Zylis-Gara (Soprano), George Shirley (Tenor)
New Philharmonia Chorus
New Philharmonia Orchestra
1970 marked the 200th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth and the New Philharmonia itself celebrated its 25th anniversary. The already 85-year-old plumber conducts his orchestra, which follows him harmoniously and precisely with every movement of the baton – a bond develops that is seldom heard. 50 years later, the cycle can be experienced for the first time in pictures, newly restored and technically reworked for the Blu-ray.
This box is a special testimony to our time: An almost 50 year old original recording of Otto Klemperer’s Beethoven cycle in London’s Royal Festival Hall 1970 in authentic quality. In four times higher picture resolution (HD) than the original analogue recordings, those concerts are now united in this collection. The original cadres and thus the intended character of the historical recording have been completely preserved, whereby the overall impression of the picture has been digitally remastered in a complex and costly manner through careful and conscientious repairs.
But the highlight is the audio mastering. The original mono-recorded recording was analysed and cleaned by specialists according to frequency ranges, so that each instrument was individually worked out for its role in the overall sound: the low and high ranges were expanded and the violins and especially the oboes were refined.
This first-class restoration of a unique testimony to the past thus offers experts and music lovers a special treat of tonal authenticity.
+Audio-Track: Otto Klemperer – A Personal Memoir from Gareth Morris