The album is all about Maestro Herbert von Karajan, who did most of his recording during the Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties with DG but always keep his ties open with EMI, having signed a contract with them all the way back in the Forties. He continued working with EMI almost exclusively through the Fifties and sporadically thereafter. While the earliest overtures and intermezzi contained on this album derive from 1960 and 1976, most of it is from the early 80’s.
Due to a digital error, please, DL track A1 again and replace the old one.
Composer: Jules Massenet, Luigi Cherubini, Carl Maria von Weber, Franz Schmidt, Giacomo Puccini, Engelbert Humperdinck, Pietro Mascagni
Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.22 GB
As usual, Karajan played them with his somewhat Romantic, glamorous, grandiose touch, the thematic qualities of the music sometimes playing second fiddle to the sheer beauty of the sound. It’s what Karajan did best and why he was one of the most-popular conductors of his time. With bits like Anne-Sophie Mutter playing the violin in Thais, the old magic returning in Hansel und Gretel, and the Berlin Philharmonic at their peak, the collection remains a surefire crowd-pleaser.
EMI’s sound for Karajan and the BPO is less warm, less padded, and less congested than what we often heard from the same ensemble on DG. Instead, the EMI sound is slightly bright, fairly open, and reasonably transparent. To my ears it is the most realistically ambient, with its stereo spread the widest, its depth of image the most noticeable, and its resonant hall sonics the most clearly captured. And as with almost all newer remasterings, there is virtually no background noise to contend with and no appreciable loss of high end. In all, then, this is a pleasant collection.
|A1||Thaïs – Méditation
|A2||Anacreon – Ouverture
|A3||Der Freischutz – Ouverture
|B1||Notre-Dame – Intermezzo
|B2||Suor Angelica – Intermezzo
|B3||Manon Lescaut – Intermezzo
|B4||L’Amico Fritz – Intermezzo
|B5||Hänsel Und Gretel – Ouverture
Analyzed Folder: /192k Ouvertures and Intermezzi – Karajan, Mutter_dr.txt
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR15 -0.58 dB -22.32 dB A1 Jules Massenet – ‘Thais’ Meditation.aif
DR13 -0.42 dB -18.98 dB A2 Luigi Cherubini – ‘Anacreon’ Overture.aif
DR13 -0.46 dB -18.87 dB A3 Carl Maria von Weber – ‘Der Freischuetz’ Overture.aif
DR12 -0.74 dB -16.68 dB B1 Franz Schmidt – ‘Notre Dame’ Intermezzo.aif
DR14 -4.05 dB -24.56 dB B2 Giacomo Puccini – ‘Suor Angelica’ Intermezzo.aif
DR13 -0.47 dB -20.48 dB B3 Giacomo Puccini – ‘Manon Lescaut’ Intermezzo.aif
DR14 -0.67 dB -20.10 dB B4 Pietro Mascagni – ‘L’amico Fritz’ Intermezzo.aif
DR14 -0.45 dB -21.67 dB B5 Engelbert Humperdinck – ‘Haensel Und Gretel’ Overture.aif
Number of Files: 8
Official DR Value: DR13
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