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Karajan And His Soloists, Vol. 1 (1948-1958)

Karajan
Release Date: 04/08/2014 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 633625   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert SchumannWolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenEdvard Grieg,   ... 
Performer:  Dinu LipattiWalter GiesekingDennis BrainBernard Walton,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraLucerne Festival OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 8 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Most of these performances richly deserve their classic status. Schumann and Mozart piano concertos with Dinu Lipatti, Beethoven, Mozart, Franck, Schumann and Grieg with Walter Gieseking, and Mozart’s horn concertos with Dennis Brain are all historic performances. The truth is that Karajan’s participation isn’t terribly relevant: he’s a fine accompanist, but the focus necessarily remains on the soloists. For example, it’s fun to compare Lipatti to Gieseking in the Schumann concerto: Lipatti’s beefier sonority and broader phrasing to Gieseking’s lighter rhythms and more delicate touch. Karajan’s along for the ride.

The other performances here are good, but everyone will have their favorites. Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for
Read more winds also includes Dennis Brain, and clarinetist Bernard Walton turns in an elegant performance of the Clarinet Concerto. Hans Richter-Haaser’s recording of the Brahms Second Concerto is important both because it’s a major entry in the pianist’s limited discography, and also because this was the only Brahms keyboard concerto that Karajan recorded as well.

Finally, Kurt Leimer gained the approval of Richard Strauss for his performances of the Panathenäenzug for piano left hand. His two piano concertos, one for left hand as well, are really strange, amusing, jazz-influenced, and about as un-Karajanlike as it’s possible to be. It’s not surprising that he never recorded anything even vaguely like them again, but if you ever wondered what a Karajan Gershwin disc might have sounded like, here’s your chance. Oh yes, you also get Massenet’s Meditation from Thaïs nicely played by Manoug Parikian. This set, with decent mono sonics, is self-recommending.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
2. Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dinu Lipatti (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
3. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1951 
Venue:  London, England 
4. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1951 
Venue:  London, England 
5. Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
6. Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
7. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
8. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
9. Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M 46 by César Franck
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
10. Concerto for Horn no 1 in D major, K 412 (386b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dennis Brain (French Horn)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 23 Secs. 
11. Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, K 417 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dennis Brain (French Horn)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 48 Secs. 
12. Concerto for Horn no 3 in E flat major, K 447 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dennis Brain (French Horn)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784-1787; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 45 Secs. 
13. Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dennis Brain (French Horn)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 2 Secs. 
14. Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bernard Walton (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
15. Sinfonia concertante for Winds in E flat major, K 297b (K Anh 9) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dennis Brain (French Horn), Bernard Walton (Clarinet), Sidney Sutcliffe (Oboe),
Cecil James (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1778 
Date of Recording: 11/1953 
Venue:  London, England 
16. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Richter-Haaser (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1957-81 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
17. Piano Concerto in C minor by Kurt Leimer
Performer:  Kurt Leimer (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
18. Piano Concerto for the left hand by Kurt Leimer
Performer:  Kurt Leimer (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
19. Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Manoug Parikian (Violin)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 

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