Richard Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier (Karajan, Telemondial) (1984,Opera,DVD9)

Richard Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier (Karajan, Telemondial) (1984,Opera,DVD9)

Richard Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier (Karajan, Telemondial) (1984,Opera,DVD9)

Composer:Richard Strauss
Performer:Agnes Baltsa
Orchestra:Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Conductor:Herbert von Karajan
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Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size:4.8 GB
Recovery: +3%
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Subtitles: English, French, German
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (MFSL) Debussy/ Ravel – La Mer/Prélude À L’après-midi D’un Faune/Boléro (Karajan)

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Many thanks to my friend Mats for this audiophile gift
What makes Karajan such a superb French conductor isn’t just precision and clarity, two virtues we associate with this genre, but his poetic imaginaiton. Where Boulez is crystalline and sparkling in La Mer, Karajan is romantic and delicate. He expresses the music in long sweeps of feeling, but each bar is full of color and nuance. As familiar as La Mer is, to go beyond mere scene-painting (wind, waves, foam, etc.) is difficult. To my ears, Karajan’s interpretation rises to the very top, but you must be able to open your ears to it, since this isn’t Munch-Ansermet-Boulez.

# Composer: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
# Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1968)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: MFSL
# DR-Analysis: DR 16
# Size: 1.88 GB
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Ruggero Leoncavallo – Pagliacci, Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana (Vickers, Kabaivanska, Stasio, Glossop, Guelfi, Cecchele, Cossotto) (1968,DVD9)

Ruggero Leoncavallo - Pagliacci, Pietro Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana (Vickers, Kabaivanska, Stasio, Glossop, Guelfi, Cecchele, Cossotto) (1968,DVD9)

Ruggero Leoncavallo – Pagliacci, Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana (Vickers, Kabaivanska, Stasio, Glossop, Guelfi, Cecchele, Cossotto) (1968,DVD9)

Composer:Ruggero Leoncavallo ,Pietro Mascagni
Performer:Raina Kabaivanska,Anna di Stasio
Orchestra:Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Conductor:Herbert von Karajan
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Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size:7.74 GB
Recovery: +3%
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Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana/Leoncavallo – I Pagliacci (Cossotto, Bergonzi, Taddei, Karajan)

front-small-boxsetMany many thanks to Gabi79 for this precious gift
What do you get if you sing Verismo like Belcanto? Right, you get such beautiful pearls like this one. Leoncavallo’s and Mascagni’s short operas belong among the most popular works of the verismo . A great example of love, disappointment, betrayal, and death. Mascagni s beautiful music was made popular among opera novices through the Hollywood masterpiece “The Godfather III” . Leoncavallo’s sad and touching aria of Canio “Recitar, mentre preso dal delirio…” is one of the most beautiful arias in operatics.

# Composer: Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Pietro Mascagni
# Performer: Joan Carlyle, Fiorenza Cossotto, Carlo Bergonzi, Giangiacomo Guelfi, Giuseppe Taddei
# Orchestra: Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1966)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR: 14
# Size: 3.13 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Franz Liszt – Mazeppa, Hung. Rhapsodies 4+5, Hung. Fantasy for Piano & Orchestra (Karajan, Cherkassky)

front-small-boxsetHerbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonics offer a great selection of the pianist/composer’s works aside from his Concertos on this record. But for me the star of this set is not Herbie but pianist Shura Cherkassky, one of the last great “romantic” pianists. An enormously popular figure at the dawn of the LP era, Cherkassky has slipped into obscurity half a century later.

# Composer: Franz Liszt
# Performer: Shura Cherkassky
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 1.09 GB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Mutter/Karajan)

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For those who prefer their baroque music on modern instruments, this wonderful performance by Anne-Sophie Mutter stands out as one of the best in a vast number of other good choices. Karajan leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a sensuous, ultra-romanticzed performance of this overplayed warhorse, and Anne-Sophie’s youthful exuberance shines through.

# Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
# Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

# Vinyl (1984)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 883 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem (Karajan)

front_small_boxsetPay attention: completely re-ripped, for Joe, with the new Black Bird and in 24/192
A single word: “majesty” and a second word: “tenderness”, in front of death and in the look of God … This is what we hear here, much better than in most other versions. After studying several Mozart-Requiem performances I realized that this one is the most inspired and the closest to the Mozart rithym and sensibility. Better performed even than others directed also by Herbert v. Karajan. You can listen to other Mozart-Requiem versions, but once you listen to this one, you will not want another!

# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Wilma Lipp, Walter Berry, Anton Dermota

# Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1963/65)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# ASIN: B000001GBY
# Size: 2.19 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Richard Strauss – Ein Heldenleben/A Hero’s Life (Karajan)

front_small_boxsetIf you are looking for a definitive version of “Ein Heldenleben” this is the one, so beatifully recorded and phrases are just fantastic and clean. The powerful berlin philharmonic orchestra has never been so huge and strong as in this recording. A must have.

# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1974)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Angel (EMI)
# ASIN: B000002S8C
# Size: 893 MB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Richard Strauss – Death And Transfiguration/Four Last Songs (Karajan/Janowitz)

front_small_boxsetGundula Janowitz had a very beautiful voice that critics like to describe as “creamy,” whatever that means. Strauss had a life-long love affair with the soprano voice. He even married one–not just the voice, the whole woman, of course. His Four Last Songs constitute his dying tribute, and they are probably the most hedonistically gorgeous vocal works in existence. Herbert vo Karajan was a Strauss specialist, as was Janowitz, and together they contrive to perform the songs about as perfectly as they ever have been.

# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Performer: Gundula Janowitz

# Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1974)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# ASIN: B000001GQF
# Size: 970 MB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 5 / Kindertotenlieder (Ludwig/Karajan)

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Herbert von Karajan came to Mahler in a round-about way. His affinity with Richard Strauss and Anton Bruckner was life-long. Mahler he came to only after exploring the Second Viennese School of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern. Released in the mid-seventies this, his first Mahler recording is extraordinary. It is the only Mahler Symphony recorded by Karajan abd the BPO in the Jesus Christus Kirche and not in the Berlin Philharmonie. This brings a presence and warmth to the recorded sound not achieved by the engineers until much later in the Philharmonie.

# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Performer: Christa Ludwig
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1975)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# ASIN: B000001GR0
# Size: 2.01 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

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