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Complete Beethoven Edition Vol 1 - Symphonies / Karajan


Release Date: 10/14/1997 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 453701   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gundula JanowitzHilde Rössl-MajdanWaldemar KmenttWalter Berry
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraVienna Singverein
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 5 Hours 32 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan. Deutsche Grammophon 453 701-2 [5 CDs] (recorded 1961-62, released 1963)

The 1963 set was conceived as an integral recording, and released as such, rather than piecemeal. It is consistent sonically and interpretively, and the performances are well judged ones that hold up to repeated hearing. Karajan may not have been as highly individualistic an interpreter as some in the generation that preceded him, but he possessed the same kind of authority, as these readings show. They emphasize tautness of line, grip, momentum, and mechanical precision, and convey exceptional energy without the roughhewn qualities some interpretations emphasize. The highlight of the set is a suave,
Read more darkly handsome account of the Eroica, the only disappointment a senselessly rushed Pastorale.

The Berlin Philharmonic, which had chosen Karajan as its conductor for life just six years before the sessions began, plays throughout with extraordinary discipline, power in reserve, and an understated but convincing sense of expression. One notes already the superb string ensemble and excellent work in the winds that would come to be seen as the orchestra’s stock in trade, even if the horns are still weakish and the trumpets thin.

One notes as well the exquisite polish in the playing, and that the accounts convey energy without the roughhewn qualities some interpretations emphasize. Here is the well-dressed, darkly handsome Beethoven of the portraits painted circa 1800, in performances that are dashing and determined but never in danger of careening out of control.

The sound is good for the vintage: balanced, reasonably detailed though not close, and clear. DG’s latest remastering has brought out as never before the original recordings’ warmth and atmosphere. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. 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: 12/1961 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
2.
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 
Date of Recording: 1961-62 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
3.
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 
Date of Recording: 11/1962 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
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 
Date of Recording: 11/1962 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
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 
Date of Recording: 03/1962 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
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 
Date of Recording: 02/1962 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
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 
Date of Recording: 03/1962 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
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 
Date of Recording: 01/1962 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Hilde Rössl-Majdan (Alto), Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor),
Walter Berry (Bass)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21: 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21: 2. Andante cantabile con moto
Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21: 3. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace)
Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21: 4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace)
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica": 1. Allegro con brio
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica": 2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica": 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica": 4. Finale (Allegro molto)
Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36: 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36: 2. Larghetto
Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36: 3. Scherzo (Allegro)
Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36: 4. Allegro molto
Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60: 1. Adagio - Allegro vivace
Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60: 2. Adagio
Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60: 3. Allegro vivace
Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60: 4. Allegro ma non troppo

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