Albinoni: Adagio; Pachelbel: Canon

Albinoni: Adagio; Pachelbel: Canon

by Herbert von Karajan
     
 
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

Overview

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, 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028941330925
catalogNumber:
413309
Rank:
3852

Tracks

  1. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni)  - Tomaso Albinoni  - David Bell  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Leon Spierer
  2. Flute Concerto, for flute, strings & continuo in G minor ("La Notte"), Op. 10/2, RV 439  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Andreas Blau  - Herbert von Karajan  - Frank Maus
  3. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - David Bell  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan
  4. Canon in D major, arranged for keyboard  - Johann Pachelbel  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Max Seiffert  - Frank Maus
  5. Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody), arrangement (from "Orfeo ed Euridice")  - Christoph Willibald Gluck  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Karlheinz Zöller
  6. Serenade No. 6 for orchestra in D major ("Serenata Notturna"), K. 239  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Thomas Brandis  - Herbert von Karajan  - Emil Maas  - Neithard Resa  - Rainer Zepperitz

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