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Historical Recordings from the Collections of the Zentralbibliothek Zürich

Swiss Festival Orchestra, Lucerne/Paul Kletzki
Philharmonia Orchestra/Paul Kletzki
Guild GHCD2319 65m ADD Rec: 1946
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The Swiss label Guild has tapped into a glorious resource which has hitherto lain undiscovered for a long time, the Zentralbibliothek in Zürich with its rich archive of historical recordings that can now be enjoyed by the discerning enthusiast.

The first recordings which Guild have chosen feature the rather underrated Polish conductor Paul Kletzki who has had a few releases on Testament but not much more besides. These strong, big boned readings of Brahms Fourth and Schubert's 'Unfinished are extremely welcome especially the former with its old world romanticism and some fine playing from the Swiss Festival Orchestra in Lucerne.

Although one cannot really put these recordings at the top of the pile, the detailed program notes and top notch remastering preserve music making of the highest quality and it is thrilling to hear the newly formed Philharmonia Orchestra at their very beginnings in 1946. One hopes for more rare recordings from this source including some off the beaten track repertoire.

Copyright © 2007, Gerald Fenech