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Original Masters - Karajan - The First Recordings


Release Date: 08/08/2006 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 689602   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenRichard WagnerRichard StraussJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle OrchestraRoyal Concertgebouw OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 6 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Polydor recordings from 1938 to 1943: Karajan's fascinating first essays in the classical repertoire from Mozart (Symphony no. 40) to Richard Strauss (Don Juan), with Beethoven (Symphony no. 7) , Tchaikovsky (Pathétique Symphony), Dvorak (New World Symphony) and a beautiful CD of Opera Préludes. These recordings were painstakingly restored in the 1980s and previously released in the Dokumente series in 1988. CD booklet, with great new article by Karajan biographer Richard Osborne, includes the full series of dynamic early Karajan photos by Siegfried Lauterwasser. The Polydor recordings from 1938 to 1943: Karajan's fascinating first essays in the classical repertoire from Mozart (Symphony no. 40) to Richard Strauss (Don Juan), with Beethoven (Symphony no. 7) , Tchaikovsky (Pathétique Symphony), Dvorak (New World Symphony) and a beautiful CD of Opera Préludes. These recordings were painstakingly restored in the 1980s and previously released in the Dokumente series in 1988. CD booklet, with great new article by Karajan biographer Richard Osborne, includes the full series of dynamic early Karajan photos by Siegfried Lauterwasser. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1941 
Venue:  Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin 
Length: 36 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/15/1943 
Venue:  Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 14 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1939 
Venue:  Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1939 
Venue:  Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin 
Length: 6 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5.
Salome, Op. 54: Dance of the seven veils by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/14/1943 
Venue:  Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 8 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
Venue:  Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 45 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (09/06/1943 - 09/11/1943) 
7.
Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
Venue:  Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 17 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (09/16/1943 - 09/17/1943) 
8.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Venue:  Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin 
Length: 40 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin (06/17/1940 - 06/22/1940) 
9.
Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/21/1942 
Venue:  Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10.
Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/09/1941 
Venue:  Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 54 Secs. 
11.
Künstlerleben, Op. 316 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin (06/07/1940 - 06/17/1940) 
12.
Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1942 
Venue:  Turin, Italy 
Length: 16 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: This performance is also available on Fonit Cetra 505. 
13.
Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1942 
Venue:  Turin, Italy 
Length: 22 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: This performance is also available on Fonit Cetra 505. 
14.
Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1942 
Venue:  Turin, Italy 
Length: 25 Minutes 50 Secs. 
15.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/23/1939 
Venue:  Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin 
Length: 44 Minutes 7 Secs. 
16.
Má vlast: no 2, Moldau, T 111 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 
Length: 12 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin (06/06/1940); Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin (06/09/1941) 
17.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/09/1938 
Venue:  Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
18.
Anacréon: Overture by Luigi Cherubini
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1939 
Venue:  Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 57 Secs. 
19.
Der Zigeunerbaron: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/21/1942 
Venue:  Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 8 Secs. 
20.
La traviata: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1942 
Venue:  Turin, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
21.
La forza del destino: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1939 
Venue:  Alte Jacobstrasse Studio, Berlin 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
22.
La traviata: Act 3 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1942 
Venue:  Turin, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
23.
Semiramide: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1942 
Venue:  Turin, Italy 
Length: 11 Minutes 57 Secs. 
24.
Der Freischütz, J 277: Overture by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/13/1943 
Venue:  Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 10 Minutes 7 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92: 1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92: 2. Allegretto
Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92: 3. Presto - Assai meno presto
Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92: 4. Allegro con brio
Overture "Leonore No.3", Op. 72a
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act III
Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68: 1. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro - Meno allegro
Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68: 2. Andante sostenuto
Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68: 3. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68: 4. Adagio - Piu andante - Allegro non troppo, ma con brio - Piu allegro
Don Juan, Op.20
Salome, Op.54 / Scene 4: Salome's Dance Of The Seven Veils

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