Karajan Gold

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
As a two-disc summary of Herbert von Karajan's career with Deutsche Grammophon, this set, called Karajan Gold, can't be bettered. Though the choice of repertoire emphasizes the Austrian maestro's lighter side -- there's no Bruckner or Mahler here to disrupt the flow of instantly identifiable masterpieces -- the selection still highlights what Karajan could do with an orchestra. Drawn predominately from his work with the Berliner Philharmoniker from the later part of his career, these recordings show that few conductors had such consummate control of their forces as Karajan. From the whiplash tutti crash of Bizet's "Carmen Prélude" through the smooth string legato of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
As a two-disc summary of Herbert von Karajan's career with Deutsche Grammophon, this set, called Karajan Gold, can't be bettered. Though the choice of repertoire emphasizes the Austrian maestro's lighter side -- there's no Bruckner or Mahler here to disrupt the flow of instantly identifiable masterpieces -- the selection still highlights what Karajan could do with an orchestra. Drawn predominately from his work with the Berliner Philharmoniker from the later part of his career, these recordings show that few conductors had such consummate control of their forces as Karajan. From the whiplash tutti crash of Bizet's "Carmen Prélude" through the smooth string legato of the Valse from Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings," the adeptly modulated crescendo of Ravel's "Boléro" and the starkly sculpted structure of the Allegro con brio from Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony" to the richly flowing sonorities of the "Moldau" from Smetana's "Má Vlast," Karajan is clearly in complete control of every aspect of the music-making. And with that control, Karajan creates performances of unsurpassed sumptuousness. The tonal opulence of his Vivaldi, Bach, and Pachelbel may seem overdone to fans of the purer tone of historically informed performance practice and the sonorous depths of his Grieg, Suppé, and Offenbach may seem over-plumbed to fans of more lively performance styles. But few would argue that the result is not 21 tracks of purest Karajan gold captured in either splendid stereo or deluxe digital sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2008
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947773412
  • Catalog Number: 001051402
  • Sales rank: 175,764

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Prélude - Georges Bizet & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (2:26)
  2. 2 Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: 1. Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (5:45)
  3. 3 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 3. Rondo - Ludwig van Beethoven & Fritz Kreisler (10:27)
  4. 4 Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48: 2. Valse - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:15)
  5. 5 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo sinfonico - Pietro Mascagni & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:37)
  6. 6 An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314) - Johann Strauss II & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (11:51)
  7. 7 Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228 - Johann Strauss I & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (2:31)
  8. 8 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269: 1. Allegro - Antonio Vivaldi & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:32)
  9. 9 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: 2. Air - Johann Sebastian Bach & Manuel Rosenthal (6:09)
  10. 10 Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: 1. Morning Mood - Edvard Grieg & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:09)
  11. 11 Boléro, ballet for orchestra - Maurice Ravel & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (15:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Mars, the Bringer of War - Gustav Holst & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (7:21)
  2. 2 Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: 1. Allegro con brio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (7:12)
  3. 3 Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 1. Allegro con brio - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Antonin Dvorák (12:28)
  4. 4 Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337 - Johann Pachelbel & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (7:09)
  5. 5 La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie), opera: Overture - Gioachino Rossini & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (9:58)
  6. 6 Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Méditation - Jules Massenet & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:05)
  7. 7 Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Valse des fleurs - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (7:09)
  8. 8 Light Cavalry, overture to the operetta - Franz von Suppe & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (7:40)
  9. 9 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle - Jacques Offenbach & Manuel Rosenthal (3:35)
  10. 10 Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem (Má Vlast No. 2), JB 1:112/2 - Bedrich Smetana & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (12:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herbert von Karajan Primary Artist
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