Rudolf Kempe: Conductor Essential Recordings

Essential Recordings

Rudolf Kempe: The Genius of the Podium
Warner 6295572 (11CDs)
This bargain compilation would serve as an introduction to Kempe's discography. It includes lighter music he recorded and, with the BPO, the finest of Tortelier's accounts of Strauss's Don Quixote (also a Testament CD).

Beethoven 'Eroica' Symphony
Testament SBT1270
Recoupled with Schumann's Manfred overture, the expansive Berlin version of the 'Eroica'.

Rudolf Kempe conducts Dvorak & Strauss
ICA Classics ICAD5009 (DVD)
Proms 1974/5 performances of the 'New World' (BBC SO) and Ein Heldenleben (RPO).

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
Naxos 8.111342 (mono)
With the BPO and St Hedwig's Catheral Choir, soloists Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Elisabeth Grummer (recorded in 1955).

Britten and Stravinsky
Berlin Classics 0300890 (vinyl: 0300892BC)
Sinfonia da Requiem and the Firebird Suite with the Dresden Staatskapelle. Kempe's last recordings, produced in 1976.

Haydn: Symphony No 104, etc
Testament SBT1273 (mono)
Delightful account of this 'London' Symphony with four Mozart overtures and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – with the Philharmonia Orch.