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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
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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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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI) Johann Strauss – Die Fledermaus (Gedda, Schwatzkopf, Karajan)

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Thank you Trottar
for this
Schwarzkopf, Gedda, Streich, Krebs, Kunz, et. al, all sparkle here in their roles, even in the dated sound world that EMI was able to present (under Legge and von Karajan) in what was (and still is, really) known as “Glorious”. Everyone here is spot on and authoritatively sung with great style and execution, which means of course “great fun” for us to listen to (and surely they had a grand time recording it also)! Suffice to say, though, that this is one of the very few recordings that remain at the top of the selection list for this wonderful comic operetta, J. Strauss’s crowning achievement. It’s a Keeper, for sure, and well worth seeking out.

Composer: Johann Strauss II
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzjopf, Nicolai Gedda, Rita Streich
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra London
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1955
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.18 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 1 (Karajan)

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All thanks for this fine music go to
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Composer: Johannes Brahms
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1959/1985
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR13
Size: 921 MB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (MFSL) Giacomo Puccini – La Bohème (Freni/Pavarotti)

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Revisited with the benefit of Audio Research SP15 and in 24/192.
This is in my eyes (and ears) one of the few cases where the MFSL version is devasting better than the original.

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Nicolai Ghiaurov
Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1973)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: MFSL (Decca)
DR-Analysis: DR15
Size: 4.19 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – 200 Years Edition, Box 11, Music For The Stage (3 LPs)

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This is Box No. 11 of the Bicentennial Beethoven Collection, published by Deutsche Grammophon 1970, to celebrate Beethoven’s 200th birthday with all his works on 12 Box-Sets/75 LPs.
In the last years I spent only for this Beethoven Edition around 500-550 EUR. If you think and feel, you want to contribute, any donation will be welcome. Thank you!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Gundula Janowitz, Erich Schellow
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Number of Discs: 3/75
Format: Flac
Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 3.77 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – 200 Years Edition, Box 9, The Masses (3 LPs)

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This is Box No. 9 of the Bicentennial Beethoven Collection, published by Deutsche Grammophon 1970, to celebrate Beethoven’s 200th birthday with all his works on 12 Box-Sets/75 LPs.
In the last years I spent only for this Beethoven Edition around 500-550 EUR. If you think and feel, you want to contribute, any donation will be welcome. Thank you!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer (Missa Solemnis): Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Walter Berry, Wiener Singverein
Performer (Messe C-Dur): Gundula Janowitz, Julia Hamari, Elmar Schloter, Horst Laubenthal, Ernst Gerold Schramm
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker (Missa Solemnis), Münchener Bach-Chor Und Bach-Orchester (Messe C-Dur)
Conductor: , Karl Richter (Messe C-Dur), Herbert von Karajan (Missa Solemnis)
Number of Discs: 3/75

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
DR-Analysis: DR 13
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Johannes Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Anda/Karajan)

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There is a real electricity in the Brahms interpretion of Geza Anda’s….his sense of pulse and drive really underly the incredible virtuosity of the Berlin Philharmonic. The opening movement moves along at the hectic pace but with some really urgent dramatic high points especially in the development section. Karajan really alots a very special role to the brass in this movement and the inspired playing is a joy…as to the cello solo at the opening of the third movement it is given a really fine treatment by Mr. Finke…then principal of the Berlin Phil. As to the Finale it has a nice relaxed sense of wonder without the hectic nature other conductors ascribe to Brahms here…I really think that this is one of the finest recordings of any music made anywhere.

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Performer: Geza Anda
OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1968(1984)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Giuseppe Verdi – Falstaff (Gobbi/Karajan)

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This Karajan Falstaff has much to recommend it: Fedora Barbieri’s Mistress Quickly is a force of nature, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, only slightly affected, is a liquid, appealing Alice Ford, and Luigi Alva and the young Anna Moffo are ideal as the young lovers, Fenton and Nanetta. But the star–as it should be–is Tito Gobbi in the title role. As is usual with this great singing actor, his characterization comes from within–his is a Falstaff born to be deflated, arrogant and self-deluding on a level that is actually funny. And the nice surprise is what good voice Gobbi’s in–he’s in charge of all of his vocal colors here and he uses all of them well. Karajan’s touch is light and, yes, funny, and he treats the opera as the divine ensemble work it is, all leading up to a superb final scene. A good time is had by all–listeners included. –Robert Levine.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Anna Moffo, Fedora Barbieri, Tito Gobbi, Rolando Panerai, Luigi Alva, Nicola Zaccaria
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl 1961
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 17
Size: 2.33 GB
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