Paul Kletzki  (6-Supraphon 4051)
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Paul Kletzki  (6-Supraphon 4051)
C0979. PAUL KLETZKI Cond. Czech Phil.: Egmont – Overture; Coriolan – Overture; The Nine Symphonies; w.Ingeborg Wenglor, Annelis Burmeister, Martin Ritzmann & Rolf Kühne (Beethoven). (Czech Republic) 6-Supraphon 4051, recorded 1967. Specially priced. - 099925405120


“Those who have taken up the challenge to record the complete Beethoven cycle include the Polish-born conductor Paul Kletzki, who gained great renown after the war, primarily in America. He was the principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for a year and after his debut in Philadelphia went on to conduct the leading American and European orchestras. This remarkable complete recording of Beethoven's symphonies was made during Kletzki’s performances with the Czech Philharmonic in 1967, during the orchestra's golden age under the chief conductor Karel Ancerl.”

“Paul Kletzki was a highly respected conductor in the middle years of the 1900s. He was a composition student at the Warsaw Conservatory and the Berlin Academy and had taken violin as a boy and continued his studies on that instrument in Warsaw with Emil Mlynarski. His first professional job was as a member of the Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra, meanwhile composing as well. When he débuted as a conductor in Berlin in 1923 it was in a concert of his own compositions. He settled in Berlin, where he conducted and composed actively. He left Germany in 1933 when he went to Venice and Milan and received an invitation to teach composition and orchestra at the Milan Scola Superiore di Musica. From 1937 to 1938 he was the musical director of the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra in the U.S.S.R. At the end of that term he left for Switzerland, where he remained, taking Swiss citizenship in 1947. Kletzki conducted widely after the War and came into demand for his qualities of lucidity and power, together with fresh conceptions of the music. He was particularly in demand as a guest conductor in South and Central America, and had a close association with the Israel Philharmonic. He was music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (1958 - 1962), the Bern Symphony Orchestra (1964 - 1966), and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (1968 - 1970). He had received considerable praise for his compositions, particularly before World War II, when he had more time to write. However, most of his output was lost in the destruction of World War II.”

- Joseph Stevenson,