Adagio / Karajan

Release Date: 5/16/1995
Catalog Number: 445282
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Although Herbert von Karajan earned his deserved reputation from his full-blooded vigor and the dramatic performances he gave to the most notable works in the symphonic catalog, he is equally revered for the lush quality he brought to the slow movements of the major works in the repertory. ADAGIO opens with what is perhaps the most famous of all slow movements: the Adagietto from the Mahler's Fifth Symphony. Sorrowful and full of longing, this performance is one of the most heart-rending ever recorded. As an ingenious contrast, the next piece is the Canon by Johann Pachelbel, a work whose undulating counterpoint has made it an instant classic for all lovers of Baroque music.
The other major Baroque standout in addition to the ever-popular Air by Johann Sebastian Bach is Albinoni's Adagio. With its floating string section atop a distant organ drone, the work is given a stately and noble treatment by Karajan. But the Berlin Philharmonic's legendary string section under Karajan's baton is heard at its sumptuous best with the achingly sad Andante doloroso from Grieg's 'Peer Gynt' and the CD's fitting close, "Valse triste," a doleful waltz by Sibelius.
Works on This Recording
1. Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 4th movement, Adagietto by Gustav Mahler
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901-1902 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major: Canon by Johann Pachelbel
Performer: Frank Maus (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque
3. Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer: Michel Schwalbé (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; France
4. Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90: 2nd movement, Andante by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883 ; Austria
5. Sinfonia for Strings in B minor, RV 169 "al Santo Sepolcro": 1st mvt, Adagio molto by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque
6. Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46: no 2, Death of Ase by Edvard Grieg
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875/1888 ; Norway
7. Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings no 15 in B flat major, K 287 (271H): Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1776 ; Salzburg, Austria
8. Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer: Leon Spierer (Violin), David [Organ] Bell (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque
9. Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92: 2nd movement, Allegretto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1811-1812 ; Vienna, Austria
10. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: David [Organ] Bell (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1729-1731 ; Leipzig, Germany
11. Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903-1904 ; Finland
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