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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Igor Stravinsky – La 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
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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
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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 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concerti No. 3 & 5 (Mutter/Karajan)


15 years old “Wonder Child” Anne Sophie Mutter and the “Old Man” – just to paraphrase a famous novel by Hemingway – was the best story that life could be able to write at its time. It is a blessed relief to turn to this famous recording. Even after all these decades, it continues to astound. The young soloist plays fierily and poetically in turns. My celebrated Herbie soup-o-meter did not beep once for its duration. The Berlin Philharmonic, judiciously scaled down, is galvanised by the endeavour. Oh, listen to the deified double basses of this once-great ensemble as they ruminate expansively at 7’11” ff in the Adagio of K 219 – this is opulence. Indeed, both works momentarily appear to be greater than what they are. The warm analogue recording is simply beautiful.
Longevity has been accrued by this endeavour. I cannot say the same for a certain mangy old wolf in this domain whose ululations will soon be lost to the winds.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:
 Anne-Sophie Mutter
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor:
Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1978

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
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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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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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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Ouvertures (Karajan)

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Recorded when the Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan were in their plush phase, but under a full head of steam, these polished performances of the Beethoven overtures are a visceral delight. The sensuous, bass-heavy textures and glistening gut-strung string playing are still something to marvel at. So are the outstanding solos in the winds and the potent proclamations of the brass, which had become impressively secure at this point in Karajan’s reign, even though their tuning was still problematic. At times the treatment may seem just a bit Prussian and overbearing, and premeditated in effect rather than spontaneous. But the Olympian grandeur of the conceptions and the sense of festive sweep Karajan brings to the readings make this a set one can live with. The sound is boomy in the louder passages, but there is excellent atmosphere in the quiet ones. –Ted Libbey

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra:  Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1970
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.76 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphonies No. 29 & 33 (Karajan)

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A well appreciated complement to my rip of WAM’s Symphonies No. 32, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41 High-Def Vinyls 96K24B (DGG) W. A. Mozart – Symphonies

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1966
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 800 MB
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Server: FF

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