HD-Vinyls 96/24 (DGG) Peter Tchaikowsky – Symphonic Works & Concertos on 7 LPs (Karajan)

front-small-boxset A wonderful box, original from 1968 in Mint condition, for 5 bucks from a flea market 😉 I myself have never been a huge fan of Karajan but these recordings of Tchaikovsky with the Berlin Philharmonic are breathtaking. Though there are tempo modifications made by Karajan to the score, they are certainly sensible make this performance all the more moving. Highly reccommended to Karajan and, particular, non-Karajan fans alike.

# Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
# Orchestra:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1967)
# Number of Discs: 7
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 13-15
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# ASIN: none
# Size: 6.13 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF


DR: 14, 13, 13, 14, 13, 13, 15

LP 1 – DGG 104922 – Symphony No. 4
LP 2 – DGG 104923 – Symphony No. 5
LP 3 – DGG 104924 – Symphony No. 6
LP 4 – DGG 104925 – Concerto For Violin & Orchestra (Christian Ferras)
LP 5 – DGG 104926 – Serenade For Strings/The Nutcracker Suite
LP 6 – DGG 104927 – Ouverture 1812/Capriccio Italien/Slavonic March
LP 7 – DGG 104928 – Concerto For Piano & Orchestra (Sviatoslav Richter)


  Symphonie Nr. 4 Op. 36 F-Moll
A 1. Andante Sostenuto – Moderato Con Anima 17:55
B1 2. Andantino In Modo Di Canzone 9:55
B2 3. Scherzo: Pizzicato Ostinato – Allegro 5:45
B3 4. Finale: Allegro Con Fuoco 8:05
  Symphonie Nr. 5 Op. 64 E-Moll
C1 1. Andante – Allegro Con Anima 14:46
C2 2. Andante Cantabile, Con Alcuna Licenza – Moderato Con Anima 14:58
D1 3. Valse: Allegro Moderato 5:48
D2 4. Finale: Andante Maestoso – Allegro Vivace 12:33
  Symphonie “Pathétique” Nr. 6 Op. 74 H-Moll
E1 1. Adagio – Allegro Non Troppo 18:50
E2 2. Allegro Con Grazia 7:58
F1 3. Allegro Molto Vivace 8:44
F2 4. Finale: Adagio Lamentoso – Andante 9:15
  Konzert Für Violine Und Orchester Op. 35 D-Dur
G 1. Allegro Moderato 19:08
H1 2. Canzonetta: Andante (Attaca Subito) 7:13
H2 3. Finale: Allegro Vivacissimo 9:10
  Serenade Für Streicher Op. 48 C-Dur
I1 1. Pezzo Di Forma Di Sonatina (Andante Non Troppo – Allegro Moderato) 8:40
I2 2. Walzer (Moderato, Tempo Di Valse) 3:56
I3 3. Elegie (Larghetto Elegiaco) 8:42
I4 4. Finale: Tema Russo (Andante – Allegro Con Spirito)  
  Der Nussknacker, Suite Aus Dem Ballett Op. 71A
J1 I: Ouverture Miniature 3:20
J2 a) Marche 2:19
J3 b) Danse De La Fée-Dragée 1:58
J4 c) Danse Russe 1:05
J5 d) Danse Arabe 3:22
J6 e) Danse Chinoise 1:18
J7 f) Danse Des Mirlitons 2:32
J8 III. Valse Des Fleurs  
  Ouverture Solenelle >>1812<< Op. 49
K Ouverture Solenelle >>1812<< Op. 49 15:36
  Capriccio Italien Op. 45
L1 Capriccio Italien Op. 45 16:54
  Slawischer Marsch Op. 31
L2 Moderato In Modo Di Marcia Funebre 9:34
  Konzert Für Klavier Und Orchester Nr. 1 B-Moll Op. 23
M 1. Allegro Non Troppo E Molto Maestoso – Allegro Con Spirito 22:10
N1 2. Andantino Semplice – Prestissimo 6:55
N2 3. Allegro Con Fuoco 7:06


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18 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 96/24 (DGG) Peter Tchaikowsky – Symphonic Works & Concertos on 7 LPs (Karajan)

  1. Thank you for this Rach.

    I am curious, why are you not a fan of Karajan? Is it his interpretations?

    I am a fairly new listener and have found Karajan to be my favorite, maybe this is indicative of my understanding f the music. But, nonetheless, I enjoy his work.

    • Hi…no, no, you misunderstood it. To be not a hug fan doesn’t mean to be not a fan… 😉
      Von Karajan always gave me ambiguous feelings….sometimes he was a genius, sometime only mediocre…his “Otello” with Tebaldi/Del Monaco will still be the No. 1 even in the next 1,000 years and almost all his early recordings from the 60s+70s for EMI and DGG are marvellous…but later he had, in my eyes, of course, several problems of authority, to be at the top of the top of the best conductors….let me say, he lost his way. And then, his statements about digital music and to want to be a part of the music/sound editing, showed me that he had lost a great part of his formerly genius.
      But all in all I always loved him.

      • I understand. That’s interesting. I know less of his hubris and more of his music. For instance, I have found that there is no better interpretation of Schubert’s Great C than by Karajan, but this was, as you pointed out, in the late 60s.

        And I nearly forgot…. I did meet two singers who worked in Germany in the 70s and 80s and said just the same as you, his reputation preceded him and made their working with him less than enjoyable.

  2. Rach,

    These DGG Recordings of Tchaikowsky’s orchestral compositions by van Karajan and the BPO & WPO demonstrate that van Karajan was a great interpreter of Tchaikowsky’s works. While I have been partial to Mravinsky’s recordings of the Tchaikowsky Symphonies 4, 5 & 6 with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, the stunningly beautiful sonic quality of these van Karajan DGG recordings of these symphonies are comparable to just about anyone else’s recorded performances of these works. Van Karajan does set his own tempos and makes some cuts to Tchaikowsky’s orchestral scores for his symphonies (4, 5 & 6) that might suggest that van Karajan does add a bit of rubato to his interpretations, but which does not detract from these excellent recorded performances.

    Thank you for sharing this Tchaikowsky box set with us!

  3. Many thanks for this, I’ve had it sitting on my hard drive for quite a while and am listening to it now through an audiophile ASUS Xonar STX sound card and audiophile AKG headphones and it sounds very very good with natural sound quality.

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