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Albinoni: Adagio; Pachelbel: Canon / Karajan, Berlin PO


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 413309   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Tomaso AlbinoniAntonio VivaldiJohann PachelbelJohann Sebastian Bach,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Even though contemporary tastes for the most part have shifted away from lush orchestral versions of Baroque and Classical music, there are some listeners who still prefer to hear the warm, enveloping sound of a modern orchestra and relish hearing the music of Bach, Vivaldi, and Mozart in modern interpretations with modern instruments. This album by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic represents this once widely accepted approach, so the rich string sound of a large ensemble and the generally straightforward playing, without free ornamentation, original instruments, or improvised sections, puts this album in the conventional category that early music purists would avoid. However, Karajan was not wholly against period practices, Read more as his use of a harpsichord and cello continuo makes clear, and his textures in Vivaldi, Gluck, and Mozart are not inordinately thick or heavy. Furthermore, Karajan takes the ubiquitous Pachelbel Canon up-tempo and even follows through with its attached Gigue, a salutory nod to historically informed practice. But this is still far from a period style collection, so listeners are advised to sample it first before committing. Deutsche Grammophon's reproduction is big and spacious, with a rounded ensemble sound.

-- Blair Sanderson, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Remo Giazotto in 1945 from a fragment by
Albinoni. 
2.
Concerto for Flute in G minor, Op. 10 no 2/RV 439 "La notte" by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 
3.
Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major by Johann Pachelbel
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Serenade no 6 in D major, K 239 "Serenata notturna" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 

Sound Samples

Adagio for Strings and Organ in G minor
Concerto In G Minor R439 op.10 No.2 "La Notte": 1. Largo - Fantasmi. Presto
Concerto In G Minor R439 op.10 No.2 "La Notte": 2. Largo - Presto
Concerto In G Minor R439 op.10 No.2 "La Notte": 3. Il sonno. Largo - Allegro
Suite No.3 in D, BWV 1068: 2. Air
Canon and Gigue in D major - arr. Max Seiffert
Orfeo Ed Euridice: Dance Of The Blessed Spirits (Act 2)
Serenata notturna in D, K.239: 1. Marcia (Maestoso)
Serenata notturna in D, K.239: 2. Menuetto - Trio
Serenata notturna in D, K.239: 3. Rondeau (Allegretto - Adagio - Allegro)

Customer Reviews

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 Oldie but a goodie April 30, 2012 By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ) See All My Reviews "This is one of the first classical CDs I owned. I didn't know much about classical music back then so I was just guessing. This is one of my good guesses. HVK and Berlin deliver their usual flawless performance and the DG recording is excellent." Report Abuse
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