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Liszt: Les Préludes, Etc; Smetana / Karajan, Berlin Po


Release Date: 02/13/1996 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 447415   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Bedrich SmetanaFranz Liszt
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The revamped digital transfers enable Karajan’s irresistibly virtuosic performances of these Liszt tone poems (some, like Mazeppa . . . are by no means as familiar as they deserve to be) and other orchestral works . . . to register with an impact and brilliance unimaginable on the basis of the original LP releases. Les préludes, of course, was a longstanding Karajan staple; this stunning 1968 account is almost certainly definitive, and nor will you hear any finer versions of the [Rhapsody] included here. These are vintage Karajan offerings, and brightly lit, richly detailed remasterings . . . .

-- Michael Jameson, BBC Music [reviewing the Liszt recordings]

The revamped digital transfers enable Karajan’s irresistibly virtuosic performances of these Liszt tone poems (some, like Mazeppa . . . are by no means as familiar as they deserve to be) and other orchestral works . . . to register with an impact and brilliance unimaginable on the basis of the original LP releases. Les préludes, of course, was a longstanding Karajan staple; this stunning 1968 account is almost certainly definitive, and nor will you hear any finer versions of the [Rhapsody] included here. These are vintage Karajan offerings, and brightly lit, richly detailed remasterings . . . .

-- Michael Jameson, BBC Music [reviewing the Liszt recordings]

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Works on This Recording

1.
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 
Date of Recording: 04/1967 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 12 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Má vlast: no 1, Vysehrad, T 110 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1879; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 04/1967 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 15 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Les préludes, S 97 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848/1854; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1967 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 17 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
Mazeppa, S 100 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851/1854; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1961 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 15 Minutes 23 Secs. 
5.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 4 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 02/1961 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 11 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Má Vlast (My Country): 2. Vltava (The Moldau)
Má Vlast (My Country): 1. Vysehrad (The High Castle)
Les Préludes, symphonic poem No.3, S.97 (after Lamartine)
Mazeppa, Symphonic Poem No.6, S.100
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 In C Sharp Minor, S.244

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Hungarian Rhapsody December 10, 2013 By HERBERT HSIN LI (Aberdeen, NJ) See All My Reviews "Best version of Hungarian Rhapsody #4." Report Abuse
 Happy accidental find.  October 27, 2012 By Eileen P. (South San Francisco, CA) See All My Reviews "One of my favorite CDs. Especially moving is Smetana's The Moldau. Herbrt von Karajan is one of my favorite conductors. I have a particular interest in the painting on the CD cover, but have been unable to find information on this painting. Can anyone tell me who was the artist?" Report Abuse
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