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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Igor Stravinsky – Le Sacre Du Printemps (Karajan)


While the Austrian maestro Herbert Von Karajan (mostly known for covering the Austro-German repertoire) may appear to be the wrong fit for Stravinsky’s mysterious and barbaric “Rite of Spring”, I’d contend that if this recording is a fair representation, Karajan’s Stravinsky has it’s merits. This recording of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” is bold and bright, with an on-point delivery that is dramatic and intense, and it is being played by an orchestra that is world class in it’s precision and polish. The DG sound is, of course, as clear as crystal. Given that, I’d ask, what more would you want? There may be others such as Bernstein, Monteux and Stravinsky himself who’d interpret this music with, perhaps, a more authentic feel of understanding for the composer’s intent, but, even so, Karajan doesn’t fail to put on a good show.

Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1964

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.33 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Liszt, J. Strauss, Brahms – Karajan Express: HUNGARY


This album too, is all about Maestro Herbert von Karajan, who takes us to a short voyage through the beautiful Hungary. Have fun!

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Composer: Franz Liszt, Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1960-1968) 1974

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 3.63 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (EMI) Ouvertures and Intermezzi (Karajan/Mutter)


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.

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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
Vinyl 1981

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.22 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Richard Wagner – Tristan Und Isolde (Vickers, Ludwig, Karajan)


Many thanks to our friend from Lake Michigan for this gem
This is one of the most popular modern recordings of the opera though partly by default as there haven’t been many and the consensus is that the most recent ones lack the great singers of the past. It somewhat lags behind Böhm’s and Furtwängler’s in popularity and critical esteem though I think it’s nearly as good. Most of the criticism has been directed at the conducting. I’ll get to that but first I want to discuss the lead singers.

Composer: Richard Wagner
Performer: Jon Vickers, Helga Dernesch, Christa Ludwig, Walter Berry

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1972

Number of Discs: 5
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 5.03 GB
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Mono HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Turnabouts) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – The Magic Flute (Beecham)


Many thanks to Bob for another rarity
Pyramids crumble into step-pyramids before being reduced by the elements into knolls and then dust in wait for another Cheops to be enthroned, reign and die.
This Magic Flute is a pyramid which Beecham, Lord of the Pills, raised majestically in 1937. Notwithstanding the passage of decades and onslaught of Period Practice, its capstone is still in place; its lining of limestone is pristine and overall it shows every sign of defying time for the foreseeable future and beyond. What an achievement! There is no better sung Magic Flute on record. Nearby, the pyramids of the post-war Karajan (EMI) and Furtwangler performances are keeping pace with it. The contribution of one Fritz Wunderlich is keeping Karl Bohm’s pyramid in the game. Further afield and despondent in ruination, one can view the knolls of Pale Bill Christie (Erato), Jeggy (DG) and Karajan (DG) whose Tamino, Francisco Araiza, is as gritty as the sands of Giza. To varying degrees, they served their day.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Tiana Lemnitz, Erna Berger, Irma Beike, Helge Roswaenge, Gerhard Hüsch, Wilhelm Strienz

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
Vinyl 1963 (1937)

Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: Turnabouts
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 1.06 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 6 & 7 (Karajan)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for these Sibelius pearls
These are wonderful performances which have always been highly regarded. Karajan captures the immense gloom and introspection of the crystal, northern beauty of the 6th. Tapiola is intensely dramatic and breathtaking in its sweep. The 7th performance given here is one of the most awe inspired interpretations ever put to record. No conductor can convey the emotion which Herbert von Karajan can in this piece…
…listen to the trombone solo at the end and your hair will rise on the back of the neck…truly wonderful. The strings in the opening are beutiful…an awe inspired 7th with a tremendous 6. Strange that Sibelius never wrote another note after this for over a 30 year period…
Thanks Herbie..

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1968

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.94 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 5 (Karajan)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this splendid 5th
Sibelius’s music is folkish in origin, part of that turn of the 20th century revival of national origins, hence his nature worship. At this time many European artists were eschewing the Christianism of prior centuries and investigating the pagan, heathen origins of their regions, and of the continent, but this was all only a culmination of the Romantic movement begun by Beethoven, at least in music. Beethoven of course, like all the Germans, was idealistic and cast a long glance back to the Greeks, but it was this disruption of Christianity’s universalist stranglehold on the mind that began the liberation which made possible the much later nativist spirits like Sibelius. One can see this clearly in Brahms, Grieg, Wagner, Hugo Wolf, and even traces of it in modernists like Stravinsky and Bartok. The Jew Adorno for one particularly despised Sibelius, and that makes sense given the anti-native, universal nature of Judaism. This religious abstractionism of Judaism, written large in Christianity, won out in the modernist moment, for political reasons, and Sibelius dropped out all together.

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1964

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.89 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 7 (Karajan)


Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony is considered his most perfectly conceived, and it has remained among the most performed of his works. The immediate success of his Seventh certainly must have given Bruckner some much needed confidence over the fate of his music.

Composer: Anton Bruckner, Richard Strauss
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1975/77

Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 3.2 GB
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Abbado: Beethoven – Symphonie no.9 (96kHz / 24bit, DVD-A, FLAC)

Abbado: Beethoven - Symphonie no.9 (96kHz / 24bit, DVD-A, FLAC)

Abbado: Beethoven – Symphonie no.9 (96kHz / 24bit, DVD-A, FLAC)

Performer: Violeta Urmana, Karita Mattila, Thomas Moser
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
DVD Audio
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
ASIN: B0000509TP
Size: 984 MB
Recovery: +3%
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20th Century Masterpieces (16 CD box set, APE)

20th Century Masterpieces (16 CD box set, APE)

20th Century Masterpieces (16 CD box set, APE)

Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 16 CD box set
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: EMI Classics
ASIN: B001DCQJUY
Size: 4.82 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes
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