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Adagio / Karajan


Release Date: 05/16/1995 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 445282   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav MahlerJohann PachelbelJules MassenetJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Frank MausMichel SchwalbéLeon SpiererDavid Bell
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although Herbert von Karajan earned his deserved reputation from his full-blooded vigor and the dramatic performances he gave to the most notable works in the symphonic catalog, he is equally revered for the lush quality he brought to the slow movements of the major works in the repertory. ADAGIO opens with what is perhaps the most famous of all slow movements: the Adagietto from the Mahler's Fifth Symphony. Sorrowful and full of longing, this performance is one of the most heart-rending ever recorded. As an ingenious contrast, the next piece is the Canon by Johann Pachelbel, a work whose undulating counterpoint has made it an instant classic for all lovers of Baroque music.
The other major Baroque standout in addition to the
Read more ever-popular Air by Johann Sebastian Bach is Albinoni's Adagio. With its floating string section atop a distant organ drone, the work is given a stately and noble treatment by Karajan. But the Berlin Philharmonic's legendary string section under Karajan's baton is heard at its sumptuous best with the achingly sad Andante doloroso from Grieg's 'Peer Gynt' and the CD's fitting close, "Valse triste," a doleful waltz by Sibelius. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 4th movement, Adagietto by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1973 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 11 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
2. Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major: Canon by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Frank Maus (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Max Seiffert 
3. Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Michel Schwalbé (Violin)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1967 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
4. Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90: 2nd movement, Andante by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 11 Secs. 
5. Sinfonia for Strings in B minor, RV 169 "al Santo Sepolcro": 1st mvt, Adagio molto by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1970 
Venue:  French Church, St. Moritz 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
6. Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46: no 2, Death of Ase by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
7. Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings no 15 in B flat major, K 287 (271H): Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1987 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 7 Minutes 17 Secs. 
8. Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Leon Spierer (Violin), David Bell (Organ)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 11 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Remo Giazotto in 1945 from a fragment by
Albinoni. 
9. Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92: 2nd movement, Allegretto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1983 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 7 Minutes 43 Secs. 
10. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Bell (Organ)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
11. Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
Date of Recording: 02/1984 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.5 In C Sharp Minor: 4. Adagietto (Sehr langsam)
Canon and Gigue in D major - arr. Max Seiffert: 1. Canon
Thaïs / Acte Deux: Meditation
Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90: 2. Andante
Sinfonia For Strings And Continuo In B Minor, R.169 - "Al Santo Sepolcro": 1. Adagio molto
Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: 2. The Death of Aase
Divertimento No.15 in B flat major, K.287: 4. Adagio
Adagio for Strings and Organ in G minor
Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92: 2. Allegretto
Suite No.3 in D, BWV 1068: 2. Air
Valse triste, Op.44

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