Karajan: Beethoven Symphonies & Overtures | Warner 2564633735

Karajan: Beethoven Symphonies & Overtures

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Label: Warner

Cat No: 2564633735

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 6

Release Date: 31st March 2014

Contents

Artists

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Marga Hoffgen
Ernst Haefliger
Otto Edelmann
Chor der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien
Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor

Herbert von Karajan

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Coriolan Overture, op.62
Egmont Overture, op.84
Leonore Overture no.3 in C major, op.72b
Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Artists

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Marga Hoffgen
Ernst Haefliger
Otto Edelmann
Chor der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien
Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor

Herbert von Karajan

About

The Karajan Official Remastered Edition comprises 13 box sets containing official remasterings of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, and which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalogue.

For many, Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) – hailed early in his career as ‘Das Wunder Karajan’ (The Karajan Miracle) and known in the early 1960s as ‘the music director of Europe’ – remains the ultimate embodiment of the maestro. The release of the Karajan Official Remastered Edition over the first half of 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the conductor’s death in July 1989 at the age of 81.

He was closely associated with EMI for the majority of his recording career (specifically from 1946 to 1960 and then again from 1969 to 1984). EMI’s legendary producer Walter Legge sought him out in Vienna just after World War II and the long relationship that ensued embraced recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia (the orchestra founded by Legge), the Berlin Philharmonic (of which Karajan became ‘conductor for life’ in 1955), the forces of La Scala, Milan, and the Orchestre de Paris.

The Karajan Official Remastered Edition will feature primarily symphonic and choral music. The entire edition will comprise recordings remastered from the original sources in 24-bit/96kHz at Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most renowned recording studio.

Reviews

Though the recordings are in mono only, the separation of the new EMI transfers is remarkable, with excellent clarity and definition and no loss of body and weight, partly a tribute to the acoustics of the Kingsway Hall. The approach finds Karajan at his freshest, in no way self-conscious (as he came to be later), and above all conveying the joy of music-making. Speeds are admirably chosen, the playing generally crisp and resilient, with a wide dynamic range obtained throughout.
Penguin Guide

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