Beethoven - 9 Symphonies | Documents 600339

Beethoven - 9 Symphonies

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Label: Documents

Cat No: 600339

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 6

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 19th August 2016

Contents

Artists

Gundula Janowitz (soprano)
Hilde Rossel-Majdan (contralto)
Waldemar Kmentt (tenor)
Walter Berry (bass)
Wiener Singverein
Berliner Philharmoniker

Conductor

Herbert von Karajan

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Artists

Gundula Janowitz (soprano)
Hilde Rossel-Majdan (contralto)
Waldemar Kmentt (tenor)
Walter Berry (bass)
Wiener Singverein
Berliner Philharmoniker

Conductor

Herbert von Karajan

About

Karajan's first complete recorded cycle of the Beethoven Symphonies with the Berlin Philharmonic. These legendary interpretations were made in 1961/62 in Berlin's Church of Jesus Christ, at Dahlem, and were the world's first orchestral production in stereo quality. It was one of the most ambitious and successful projects in recording history.

Herbert von Karajan was a superstar, the most successful and influential conductor of the twentieth century, who could work wonders with musical sounds. Fellow musicians/composers described him in such glowing terms as "King of classical music" (Yehudi Menuhin); "one of the greatest geniuses of his time" (Rolf Liebermann), and "le grand maître" (Leonard Bernstein).

The Beethoven Symphonies held a central position in Karajan's repertoire. In the opinion of many, this, the first of three complete recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic under his direction, remains unsurpassed. Audiences were simply captivated by the expressiveness and wonderful sound of his interpretations, by the perfection of the orchestra and their faultless musicality and sensibility.

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