Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies

Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies

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by Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
     
 

This celebrated set, recorded in 1961-62, is generally considered the best of Herbert von Karajan's four Beethoven symphony cycles. (His cycles from the 1950s, 1970s, and 1980s are also available.) Karajan had trained the Berlin Philharmonic to produce an ultra-smooth sound -- the conductor's…  See more details below

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This celebrated set, recorded in 1961-62, is generally considered the best of Herbert von Karajan's four Beethoven symphony cycles. (His cycles from the 1950s, 1970s, and 1980s are also available.) Karajan had trained the Berlin Philharmonic to produce an ultra-smooth sound -- the conductor's trademark -- yet their playing crackles with energy. The recorded sound has held up amazingly well, especially in this latest remastering. At budget price, this is a real bargain.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone
The real gem of the 1962 Karajan cycle was the Fourth Symphony...a miraculously poetic and fleet-footed reading that was sui generis. Karajan never played it like that again on record.
Washington Post - Tim Page
Karajan's recording with the Berlin Philharmonic on Deutsche Grammophon, which dates from the early 1960s, still sounds spectacular.... It is, if you like, a set of interpretations that sticks fairly close to the proverbial 50-yard line; there are no eccentricities and few surprises in Karajan's performances. But the recordings wear well -- and Beethoven himself offers enough surprises to keep us interested, time after time.
Penguin Guide to Compact Discs
Of Karajan's four recorded cycles, the 1961-2 set is the most compelling, combining high polish with a biting sense of urgency and spontaneity.... Incandescent performances, superbly played.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/1990
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028942903623
catalogNumber:
429036

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Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Johann Christoph Heckel  - Herbert von Karajan  - Franz Klein  - August von Klober  - Louis Letronne  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  - Elsa Schiller  - Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller  - Franz Neuß
  2. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Johann Christoph Heckel  - Herbert von Karajan  - Franz Klein  - August von Klober  - Louis Letronne  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  - Elsa Schiller  - Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller  - Franz Neuß
  3. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Johann Christoph Heckel  - Herbert von Karajan  - Franz Klein  - August von Klober  - Louis Letronne  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  - Elsa Schiller  - Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller  - Franz Neuß
  4. Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Johann Christoph Heckel  - Herbert von Karajan  - Franz Klein  - August von Klober  - Louis Letronne  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  - Elsa Schiller  - Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller  - Franz Neuß
  5. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Johann Christoph Heckel  - Herbert von Karajan  - Franz Klein  - August von Klober  - Louis Letronne  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  - Elsa Schiller  - Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller  - Franz Neuß
  6. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Johann Christoph Heckel  - Herbert von Karajan  - Franz Klein  - August von Klober  - Louis Letronne  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  - Elsa Schiller  - Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller  - Franz Neuß
  7. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Johann Christoph Heckel  - Herbert von Karajan  - Franz Klein  - August von Klober  - Louis Letronne  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  - Elsa Schiller  - Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller  - Franz Neuß
  8. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Johann Christoph Heckel  - Herbert von Karajan  - Franz Klein  - August von Klober  - Louis Letronne  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  - Elsa Schiller  - Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller  - Franz Neuß
  9. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Walter Berry  -  Wiener Singverein  - Johann Christoph Heckel  - Gundula Janowitz  - Herbert von Karajan  - Franz Klein  - August von Klober  - Waldemar Kmentt  - Louis Letronne  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  - Hilde Rossel-Majdan  - Elsa Schiller  - Reinhold Schmid  - Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller  - Franz Neuß

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