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

Format: Flac
Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.59 GB
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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
Size: 967 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Giuseppe Verdi – Falstaff (Gobbi/Karajan)

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All thanks for this legend belong to our friend Trottar
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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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Johannes Brahms – The 4 Symphonies, Violin Concerto, Variation On A Theme By Haydn, 8 Hungarian Dances (Karajan, Ferras)

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A marvellous collection of some of Brahms’ major works. The records are in excellent condition, unbelievable after +50 years…and they seem to be genuine 1st pressings although this box is a special edition that came few years later than the single releases.
I grew up with this recording of the Brahms Violin concerto, and It has remained my favorite: warm, dramatic, and thoroughly natural in approach, Ferras and von Karajan have a perfect grasp of this concerto.
While maybe not the greatest interpreter of Brahms, Karajan delivers very well in his recordings of the symphonies. All four symphonies have plenty of power and lyricism. The Berlin Philharmonic is excellent as always. If you like your Brahms in a melancholy mode, lushly recorded and nuanced to the max,(and I do!), these Brahms’ Symphonies are for you. Karajan’s approach to these four Symphonies is evoking a variety of emotions that few other recordings do. It’s a fine experience.

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Performer: Christian Ferras
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1965)
Number of discs: 6
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 4.83 GB
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Wiener Philharmoniker: Decca – The Orchestral Edition (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Richard Wagner, Gustav Holst, Anton Bruckner, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss II, Otto Nicolai, Emik Nikolaus Von Reznicek, Richard Heuberger, Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestras: Wiener Philharmoniker
# Conductors: Sir Georg Solti, Herbert von Karajan, Willi Boskovsky, Karl Münchinger, Zubin Mehta, George Szell
# Vinyl (2014)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12, DR 14, DR 14, DR 13, DR 13, DR 15
# Label: Decca | 478 7464
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (12.5GB), 24-bit/96kHz (6.27GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.63GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Do I even need to say anything about this box set?

It’s the Wiener Philharmoniker. The performances speak for themselves.

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Various Artists – DG111: 6 Classic Recordings (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Franz Joseph Haydn, Robert Schumann, Antonin Dvorák, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Frédéric Chopin, Gustav Mahler
# Orchestras: Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam
# Conductors: Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (2016)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11, DR 13, DR 11, DR 14, DR 12, DR 15
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 00289 479 5449 1
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (13.3GB), 24-bit/96kHz (6.64GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.69GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Deutsche Grammophon is the world’s largest and most successful classical music label with a history stretching back to the dawn of recorded sound in 1898. The yellow label has always been synonymous with classical music, repertoire breadth and the greatest artist roster in the world.

This deluxe box set presents six of the label’s greatest albums on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl. Presented with original artwork and pressed at Optimal in Germany, each release has been carefully mastered from original sources.

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Richard Wagner – Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg (Karajan)

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Despite his disdain for some of the sillier aspects of grand opera, H.L. Mencken once said that “Die Meistersinger” was the greatest single work of art of western civilization–and to many, his hyperbole is forgivable when one contemplates the well-crafted structure of this most human of Wagner’s music dramas. Of all recordings of Wagner’s sole comedy, this one under the baton of Karajan at his prime has perhaps the best-balanced cast. The clear, youthful tones of Donath in the role of Eva must be close to Wagner’s ideal for the role, while Adam makes a compassionate Sachs–though not quite as resonant as one would wish. Kollo’s impetuous style is appropriate to the character of the lovestruck Walther. The orchestral playing has the clarity and transparency that is the trademark of the Karajan style, perhaps most appropriate in this, Wagner’s happiest work.
–Christian C. Rix

Composer: Richard Wagner
Performer: Peter Schreier, Helen Donath, Theo Adam, Kurt Moll, René Kollo, Karl Ridderbusch, Ruth Hesse, Geraint Evans
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1971)
Number of Discs: 5
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 5.18 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Concerto Op. 61 (Mutter, Karajan)

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Many thanks to our friend Mats for this “six” at the lottery

(1) Take one of the greatest composers ever lived, (2) one of the most beautiful violin concertos, (3) a former wonder child at the violin, (4) one of the greatest orchestra directors, (5) one of the technically best recording of this work that I know and, at least, (6) trasfer this wonder to digital with the best possible equipment (SP15 and Black Bird) and… there you have the “six” 😀 Anne-Sophie is here 16 years old and simply wonderful phantastic !

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1980)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 965 MB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/96 (MFSL/EMI) Peter Tchaikowsky – Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique” (Karajan)

front-small-boxsetThousand thanks to our friend Mats for this gem
I am in no doubt that this is one of Karajan’s greatest recordings. He recorded this bleakest of symphonies many times and there is undoubtedly merit in the 50’s versions with the Philharmonia and the VPO, and the two accounts made with the BPO for DG in the 60’s and 70’s, but for many the finest remains this 1971 recording, also with the BPO, made in the warm acoustic of the Jesus-Christus Kirche in September 1971. It was originally released on LP in quadrophonic sound; the violins are still a bit shrill but otherwise we hear a deep, golden acoustic ideally suited to the sound Karajan’s orchestra made back then.

Audiophile factor: High!

# Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Vinyl (1972/1983)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: MFSL/EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 916 MB
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