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Karajan Gold - Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Tod und Verklarung / Berlin


Release Date: 09/01/1995 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 439039   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Electrifying performances with a life-and-death intensity to the climaxes by Karajan, the greatest Richard Strauss conductor of his day.

The new Tod und Verklärung is not so spectacularly recorded as Dorati's brightly-lit Detroit account (Decca) nor so naturally spacious and atmospheric as Tennstedt's new record with the LPO (EMI) but it is a greater performance that either, and to my mind finer than any of Karajan's earlier versions. Indeed, I found it quite electrifying with superb playing from all departments and a life-and-death intensity to the climaxes. It is more vividly recorded than last time round and, as I have indicated, the performance is tauter (25'23" against 27'00" in 1974) and more
Read more powerful... [I]t would be difficult to improve on these performances by the greatest Richard Strauss conductor of the day and the glorious BPO, and the quality of the recording gives no cause for reproach.

-- Gramophone [5/1983]
reviewing the original release of this performance of Tod und Verklärung, DG 2532 074
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1985 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 46 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1982 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 25 Minutes 24 Secs. 

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