Otto Klemperer's Long Journey Through His Times - Klemperer the Last Concert
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Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) was one of the most important and influential conductors of the 20th century. His interpretations of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler still set standards for conductors today. In “Otto Klemperer’s Long Journey through his Times,” now superbly restored, re-edited and finally available on DVD, filmmaker Philo Bregstein traces the compelling trajectory of Klemperer’s life and career through a rich selection of rare historical film, photo and sound material.
Klemperer’s career flourished during the Weimar Republic, culminating in his legendary leadership of the Berlin Kroll Opera. The Nazi regime in 1933 forced Klemperer into exile in the United States. After the War, he headed the Budapest State Opera for three years, and in 1954 settled in Zurich. “Klemperer – The Last Concert” shows exclusive film footage of rehearsals and the last concert Klemperer conducted on September 26, 1971 in London. This riveting new documentary edited by Bregstein in 2015 may well count as Klemperer’s musical testament.
A special feature of this luxury set is a 180-page book (with texts in English, French and German), complete with introductions by the director and his team, special contributions by
renowned musicologists, and a collection of rarely seen photographs. Bonuses include the complete digitally remastered audio recording of the last concert from London on 2 LP's (180g) and two fascinating filmed interviews with Pierre Boulez and Ernst Bloch from 1972.
“The thematic of ‘Otto Klemperer’s Long Journey through his times’ is more than the portrait of a great conductor. The film evokes the musical, cultural and political history of the twentieth century through an exceptional musician, who lived at the center of the events.” Philo Bregstein