TENNSTEDT, KLAUS The Great EMI Recordings. EMI 14cds

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Tennstedt Klaus The Great Emi Recordings Emi 14Cds

KLAUS TENNSTEDT

The Great EMI Recordings

CD1

1. Symphony No. 3 in E flat, 'Eroica' Op.55 - I. Allegro con brio

2. Symphony No. 3 in E flat, 'Eroica' Op.55 - II. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)

3. Symphony No. 3 in E flat, 'Eroica' Op.55 - III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)

4. Symphony No. 3 in E flat, 'Eroica' Op.55 - IV. Allegro molto - Poco andante - Presto

5. Der Geschöpfe des Prometheus Op. 43 - Overture

6. Der Geschöpfe des Prometheus Op. 43 - Coriolan - Overture Op. 62

7. Egmont Op. 84 - Overture

CD2

1. Symphony No. 6 in F Op. 68, 'Pastoral' - I. Allegro ma non troppo (Awakening of cheerful feelings on arriving in the country)

2. Symphony No. 6 in F Op. 68, 'Pastoral' - II. Andante molto moto (Scene by the brook)

3. Symphony No. 6 in F Op. 68, 'Pastoral' - III. Allegro (Merry gathering of the country folk) -

4. Symphony No. 6 in F Op. 68, 'Pastoral' - IV. Allegro (Storm and tempest) -

5. Symphony No. 6 in F Op. 68, 'Pastoral' - V. Allegretto (Shepherds' Song. Happy and thankful feelings after the storm)

6. Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93 - I. Allegro vivace e con brio

7. Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93 - II. Allegretto scherzando

8. Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93 - III. Tempo di menuetto

9. Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93 - IV. Allegro vivace

10. Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93 - Fidelio - Overture

CD3

1. Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68 - I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro

2. Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68 - II. Andante sostenuto

3. Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68 - III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso

4. Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68 - IV. Adagio - Allegro non troppo ma con brio

5. Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45 - I. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen (Zemlich langsam)

6. Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45 - II. Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras (Langsam, marschmässig)

CD4

1. Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45 - III. Herr, lehre doch mich (Andante moderato)

2. Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45 - IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (Mässig bewegt)

3. Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45 - V. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (Langsam)

4. Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45 - VI. Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt (Andante)

5. Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45 - VII. Selig sind die Toten (Feierlich)

6. Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45 - Schicksalslied Op. 54

CD5

1. Symphony No. 4 in E flat 'Romantic' - I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell

2. Symphony No. 4 in E flat 'Romantic' - II. Andante quasi allegretto

3. Symphony No. 4 in E flat 'Romantic' - III. Scherzo (Bewegt) & Trio (Nicht zu schnell)

4. Symphony No. 4 in E flat 'Romantic' - IV. Finale (Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell)

CD6

1. Symphony No. 8 in C minor (ed. Nowak) - I. Allegro moderato

2. Symphony No. 8 in C minor (ed. Nowak) - II. Scherzo (Allegro moderato) & Trio (Langsam)

3. Symphony No. 8 in C minor (ed. Nowak) - III. Adagio (Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend)

4. Symphony No. 8 in C minor (ed. Nowak) - IV. Finale (Feierlich, nicht schnell)

CD7

1. Symphony No. 1 in D - I. Langsam. Schleppend - Immer sehr gemächlich

2. Symphony No. 1 in D - II. (Scherzo) Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell - Trio: Recht gemächlich

3. Symphony No. 1 in D - III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen - Sehr einfach und schlicht wie eine Volksweise - Wieder etwas bewegter, wie im Anfang

4. Symphony No. 1 in D - IV. Stürmisch bewegt - Langsam - Wieder wie zu Anfang. Stürmisch bewegt - Sehr landgam - Tempo I

CD8

1. Symphonie No. 3 in E flat Major, Op. 97 - "Rheinische" (1986 Digital Remaster) - I. Lebhaft

2. Symphonie No. 3 in E flat Major, Op. 97 - "Rheinische" (1986 Digital Remaster) - II. Scherzo (Sehr mäßig)

3. Symphonie No. 3 in E flat Major, Op. 97 - "Rheinische" (1986 Digital Remaster) - III. Nicht schnell

4. Symphonie No. 3 in E flat Major, Op. 97 - "Rheinische" (1986 Digital Remaster) - IV. Feierlich

5. Symphonie No. 3 in E flat Major, Op. 97 - "Rheinische" (1986 Digital Remaster) - V. Lebhaft

6. Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 - I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft

7. Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 - II. Romanze (Ziemlich langsam)

8. Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 - III. Scherzo (Lebhaft) & Trio

9. Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 - IV. Lebhaft - Schneller - Presto

CD9

1. Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 - Opening

2. Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 - Von den Hinterweltern

3. Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 - Von den grossen Sehnsucht

4. Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 - Von den Freuden und Leidenschaften

5. Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 - Das Grablied

6. Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 - Von der Wissenschaft

7. Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 - Der Genesende

8. Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 - Das Tanzlied

9. Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 - Don Juan Op. 20

10. Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 - Tod und Verklärung Op. 24

CD10

1. Die Walküre - Walkürenritt (The Ride of the Valkyries) (Act III)

2. Götterdämmerung - Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt (Siegfried's Rhine Journey), Vorspiel

3. Götterdämmerung - Siegfried's Death and Funeral March

4. Das Rheingold - Entry of the Gods into Valhalla

5. Siegfried - Forest Murmurs

6. Die Walküre - Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music

CD11

1. Tannhauser - Overture

2. Rienzi - Overture

3. Lohengrin - Prelude Act I

4. Lohengrin - Prelude Act III

5. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Prelude to Act I

CD12

1. Symphony No. 4 in A, Op.90 'Italian' - I. Allegro vivace - Più animato

2. Symphony No. 4 in A, Op.90 'Italian' - II. Andante con moto

3. Symphony No. 4 in A, Op.90 'Italian' - III. Con moto moderato

4. Symphony No. 4 in A, Op.90 'Italian' - IV. Saltarello (Presto)

5. Symphony No. 9 'Great C major' D 944 - I. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo

6. Symphony No. 9 'Great C major' D 944 - II. Andante con moto

7. Symphony No. 9 'Great C major' D 944 - III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) & Trio

8. Symphony No. 9 'Great C major' D 944 - IV. Finale (Allegro vivace)

CD13

1. A Night on the Bare Mountain

2. Háry János Op. 15 - Prelude

3. Háry János Op. 15 - Viennese Musical Clock

4. Háry János Op. 15 - Song

5. Háry János Op. 15 - Battle and Defeat of Napoleon

6. Háry János Op. 15 - Intermezzo

7. Háry János Op. 15 - Entrance of the Emperor and his court

8. Lieutenant Kijé Op. 60 - 1. Birth of Kijé

9. Lieutenant Kijé Op. 60 - 2. Romance

10. Lieutenant Kijé Op. 60 - 3. Kijé's Wedding

11. Lieutenant Kijé Op. 60 - 4. Troika

12. Lieutenant Kijé Op. 60 - 5. Burial of Kijé

CD14

1. Leonore Op. 72

2. Konzertstück in F major Op. 86 (1992 Digital Remaster) - I. Lebhaft

3. Konzertstück in F major Op. 86 (1992 Digital Remaster) - II. Romanze (ziemlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend)

4. Konzertstück in F major Op. 86 (1992 Digital Remaster) - III. Sehr lebhaft

5. Symphony No. 9 in E minor B178 (Op. 95), 'From the New World' - I. Adagio - Allegro molto

6. Symphony No. 9 in E minor B178 (Op. 95), 'From the New World' - II. Largo

7. Symphony No. 9 in E minor B178 (Op. 95), 'From the New World' - III. Scherzo (Molto vivace)

8. Symphony No. 9 in E minor B178 (Op. 95), 'From the New World' - IV. Allegro con fuoco

Klaus Tennstedt was born on 6th June 1926 in Merseburg a small Saxon town between Leipzig and Halle. He was a highly talented violinist and followed his father into the Halle Opera orchestra of which he was made leader whilst still in his teens. He also studied in Dresden and as a member of the fire brigade was detailed to dig bodies out of the rubble after the city was blitzed in 1944. A solo career awaited him but a growth on his left hand brutally cut this short at the age of 19 but, after months of depression, he emerged as the opera’s repetiteur. He naturally watched conductors but was not given an opportunity to try until, at an hour’s notice, he took over a performance.

The experience galvanised him to seek this path as a career but his refusal to join the Communist Party ensured that he was limited to poorer opera houses. In his mid-30’s he went to Berlin seeking a chance to defect, but it was not until March 1971, aged 44, when he was allowed to conduct in Gothenburg. The freedom in the West did not give him many major opportunities either; however the offer of the musical directorship of the Kiel Opera was offered and accepted. A manager from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra heard him and duly invited him to Canada.

A chance stand-in engagement in Boston conducting Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony was met with such ecstatic reviews and audience enthusiasm that he was offered dates with the finest orchestras. He was 48 and after his years spent in provincial theatres this sudden fame and fortune must have been overwhelming for such a sensitive man. Luckily for the musical world he then discovered the composer whose music would make his career; a composer who like himself, suffered from self-doubt: Gustav Mahler. He had had no chance to hear any of his music during his student years as it had been banned by the Nazis.

He was uniquely able to identify with Mahler’s life-and-death struggles and the shear intensity that he brought to the performances made them unforgettable. It could be argued that his concerts provided the stimulus for the major record companies to change their policy of recording exclusively in the studio to one of taping live and relying on careful editing to remove any blemishes. His repertoire was far from limited to Mahler – the romantics from Beethoven to Richard Strauss all received thoroughly detailed and considered readings. He was popular too with soloists – his experience as a repetiteur and soloist gave him an unique understanding of what they needed in an accompanist.

Everything seemed to be set fair but the angst that he would, like Mahler, die prematurely proved correct for in his 60th year throat cancer struck. Initially he was able to continue conducting if at a reduced pace, but gradually the disease took its awful toll. His final engagement was in Oxford where he rehearsed the University orchestra before receiving an honorary doctorate in June 1994.

It is highly appropriate that Klaus Tennstedt’s career should be reassessed in 2011 as it is the year that not only marks the centenary of Mahler’s death but also what would have been the year of Tennstedt’s 85th birthday.

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