Even though contemporary tastes for the most part have shifted away from lush orchestral versions of Baroque and Classical music, there are some listeners who still prefer to hear the warm, enveloping sound of a modern orchestra and relish hearing the music of Bach, Vivaldi, and Mozart in modern interpretations with modern instruments. This album by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic represents this once widely accepted approach, so the rich string sound of a large ensemble and the generally straightforward playing, without free ornamentation, original instruments, or improvised sections, puts this album in the conventional category that early music purists would avoid. However, Karajan was not wholly against period practices,Read more as his use of a harpsichord and cello continuo makes clear, and his textures in Vivaldi, Gluck, and Mozart are not inordinately thick or heavy. Furthermore, Karajan takes the ubiquitous Pachelbel Canon up-tempo and even follows through with its attached Gigue, a salutory nod to historically informed practice. But this is still far from a period style collection, so listeners are advised to sample it first before committing. Deutsche Grammophon's reproduction is big and spacious, with a rounded ensemble sound.
Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minorby Tomaso Albinoni Conductor:
Herbert von Karajan
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque Written: Venice, Italy Notes: This work was reconstructed by Remo Giazotto in 1945 from a fragment by Albinoni.
Oldie but a goodieApril 30, 2012By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ)See All My Reviews"This is one of the first classical CDs I owned. I didn't know much about classical music back then so I was just guessing. This is one of my good guesses. HVK and Berlin deliver their usual flawless performance and the DG recording is excellent."Report Abuse