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Herbert Von Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker - Tokyo 1957

Karajan / Wagner / Beethoven / Berliner Philharmon
Release Date: 03/30/2010 
Label:  Dynamic   Catalog #: 33644  
Composer:  Richard WagnerRichard StraussLudwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

HERBERT VON KARAJAN & BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER TOKYO – 1957
RICHARD WAGNER (1813 – 1883): Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Overture)
RICHARD STRAUSS (1864 – 1949): Don Juan, Op. 20
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827): Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
  • Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Kajaran
    Live recording: Tokyo – NHK Concert Hall; November 3, 1957
    NTSC All Region; 4:3; Black & White; LPCM 2.0; Approx. 61 mins.


    • Unpublished outside Japan
    • Inaugural concert of his 1957 travel to Japan
    • A breathtaking witness to a historical event
    • Some of Karajan’s best works in his repertoire


    This recording features Karajan and Berliner Read more Philharmoniker’s inaugural live concert of 1957 performed at NHK hall after their arrival in Tokyo.
    The fascinating images in black and white from Japanese television witness the enthusiastic success of the concert.

    Note: the first few seconds of the part featuring Beethoven’s Symphonie Nr.5 are showing pictures slides. (Karajan was to return in triumph to Japan for another tour two years later, this time conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker.)

    From the mid-Fifties on, music was destined to have a fundamental role in the policy of showing the world the best face of German civilization, one that, fortunately, no tragedy could cancel: the face of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, etc., and of the great, peerless symphony orchestras who historically were the privileged performers of the music of these composers, markedly the two greatest names: the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Wiener Philharmoniker. This is why both orchestras began to perform frequently beyond the confines of their own nations, thus becoming ambassadors of the new politics of their respective countries and of the civil, reassuring image of themselves that they wished to project.

    In keeping with local custom, the first offering (November 3rd, 1957) (the Overture to Die Meistersinger and Beethoven’s Fifth) was a radio concert played before 600 invited guests, among them several members of the Imperial family, Prime Minister Kishi and many members of the administration, foreign ambassadors and emissaries, as well as nearly all the leading conductors and musicians of Japan. – Excerpt from Frankfurter Allgemeine dated November 30, 1957
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    Works on This Recording

    1.
    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    Period: Romantic 
    Written: 1867; Germany 
    2.
    Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    Period: Romantic 
    Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
    3.
    Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    Period: Classical 
    Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 

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