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Beethoven: Symphonien No 5 & No 8, Fidelio Overture / Karajan


Release Date: 03/16/1987 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 419051   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan. Deutsche Grammophon Galleria 419 051-2 [with Symphony No. 5 and Fidelio Overture; symphonies recorded 1975-77; overture 1965 and 1969]

This is hedonistic Beethoven, though in listening to it one wonders sometimes whether Karajan may not have confused sex with love, physicality with emotion. His reading is typical of the “massaged” style of performance he cultivated during the ’70s, and that Andrew Porter famously critiqued when he likened the results to Kobe beef. There is a certain softness under all that muscularity, though here Karajan shows his usual strong grip and maintains the balance of lyrical and kinetic elements. The Berlin Philharmonic, at its peak when the recording was
Read more made, is a marvel. The reading is notable for it high energy: the Eighth is interpreted in a way that clearly shows its connection to Seventh. The recording, made in the Philharmonie, is close-miked and mastered at a fairly high level, and sounds impressively firm. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
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 
Date of Recording: 1977 
2.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1970 
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 
Date of Recording: 1977 

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