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Beethoven: Symphonies / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra


Release Date: 08/25/2014 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002114502   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hilde Rössel-MajdanGundula JanowitzWalter BerryWaldemar Kmentt
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraVienna Singverein
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These performances were first released in 1963. The Berlin Philharmonic had by then developed to a point of virtuosity allowing Karajan to exploit a much more aggressive and precise approach to the nine symphonies of Beethoven. Comparable to Toscanini's recordings from over a decade earlier, this highly coveted Karajan stereo set, from the early 1960s is an exciting classic embodying of the art of conducting, performance and recording skills. These performances were first released in 1963. The Berlin Philharmonic had by then developed to a point of virtuosity allowing Karajan to exploit a much more aggressive and precise approach to the nine symphonies of Beethoven. Comparable to Toscanini's recordings from over a decade earlier, this highly coveted Karajan stereo set, from the early 1960s is an exciting classic embodying of the art of conducting, performance and recording skills. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
2.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
5.
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 
6.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hilde Rössel-Majdan (Alto), Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Walter Berry (Bass),
Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singverein,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Best complete Beethoven cycle available November 23, 2012 By George Leigh (Alderley, Queensland) See All My Reviews "I do not think that Beethoven would have liked or approved of Herbert von Karajan, as Karajan's 'control-freak' style of always keeping something in reserve is the antithesis of Beethoven's spirit. Nevertheless, I'm afraid that this is the best complete Beethoven symphony cycle available. Karajan's tempi are faultless and his conducting skills are excellent. There is a long list of otherwise-great conductors who have come spectacularly to grief on Beethoven's symphonies, with terrible judgements on tempo and performance style, the most common mistake being to treat them as stately classical symphonies instead of passionate romantic ones. Karajan, on the hand, has his finest hour with these symphonies. The recording quality is superb. The only alternatives that I can recommend are by Igor Markevitch, Sergui Celibidache and Guido Cantelli, whom I rate as incomparably better conductors than Karajan, but as far as I know recorded only symphonies 5-6, 2-9, and 5 and 7 respectively, and with inferior recording quality." Report Abuse
 COMPELLING ADMIRATION September 22, 2012 By GARY WHITING (COBBLE HILL, BC) See All My Reviews "This pre-eminent standard of the industry recording and interpretation has compelled my admiration since our introduction in 1967. The quality is superb in every respect and the music simply profound. Tremendous value to say the least." Report Abuse
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