Karajan 1960s

Karajan 1960s

by Herbert von Karajan

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Karajan 1960s

Unquestionably, Herbert von Karajan was one of the most important icons of classical music in the post-war era. His leadership of the Berlin Philharmonic is now remembered as one of the great collaborations in recent history and fans are lucky that they were prolific recording artists. Deutsche Grammophon was there to record a tremendous amount of repertoire and now releases Karajan’s complete DG recordings from the 1960s in one deluxe boxed set.

82 CDs (which exactly mirror 82 LPs complete with original jacket art and liner notes) does not cover all of Herbert von Karajan’s recording activities in this time period. There were complete operas for DG (which are not included in this set) as well as recordings with other labels. This decade (actually starting in 1959) was an incredibly prolific period of time, though, and includes such landmark recordings as the famous 1963 Beethoven Symphony cycle. Yet, the 1960s did not see the major cycles Karajan would later be associated with - only the aforementioned Beethoven and also Brahms. In fact, symphonies were not the main thrust of his recording activities; instead he chose everything from baroque to 20th century works for orchestra as well as concertos.

It began with Richard Strauss’s Heldenleben , Brahms Hungarian and Dvorák Slavonic Dances , Liszt symphonic poems and Delibes ballet music; and ended with Beethoven’s incidental music to Egmont ; Richard Strauss concertos, Stravinsky, a Baroque compilation (including Respighi), the Honegger symphonies and a mixed Mozart, Beethoven and Richard Strauss coupling - an intriguing concept album (Mozart’s solemn Adagio and Fugue , Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge and the renowned account of Strauss’s Metamorphosen ).


In between are gems: Opera Intermezzi, Rossini String Sonatas, classic Debussy and Ravel LPs, Rimsky’s Shéhérazade, the first of several Johann Strauss LPs and two parts of Smetana’s Ma vlast . The account of Stravinsky’s Apollon musagète also stands out, with feeling of real empathy for the work on Karajan’s part.
Unquestionably, Herbert von Karajan was one of the most important icons of classical music in the post-war era. His leadership of the Berlin Philharmonic is now remembered as one of the great collaborations in recent history and fans are lucky that they were prolific recording artists. Deutsche Grammophon was there to record a tremendous amount of repertoire and now releases Karajan’s complete DG recordings from the 1960s in one deluxe boxed set.

82 CDs (which exactly mirror 82 LPs complete with original jacket art and liner notes) does not cover all of Herbert von Karajan’s recording activities in this time period. There were complete operas for DG (which are not included in this set) as well as recordings with other labels. This decade (actually starting in 1959) was an incredibly prolific period of time, though, and includes such landmark recordings as the famous 1963 Beethoven Symphony cycle. Yet, the 1960s did not see the major cycles Karajan would later be associated with - only the aforementioned Beethoven and also Brahms. In fact, symphonies were not the main thrust of his recording activities; instead he chose everything from baroque to 20th century works for orchestra as well as concertos.

It began with Richard Strauss’s Heldenleben , Brahms Hungarian and Dvorák Slavonic Dances , Liszt symphonic poems and Delibes ballet music; and ended with Beethoven’s incidental music to Egmont ; Richard Strauss concertos, Stravinsky, a Baroque compilation (including Respighi), the Honegger symphonies and a mixed Mozart, Beethoven and Richard Strauss coupling - an intriguing concept album (Mozart’s solemn Adagio and Fugue , Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge and the renowned account of Strauss’s Metamorphosen ).


In between are gems: Opera Intermezzi, Rossini String Sonatas, classic Debussy and Ravel LPs, Rimsky’s Shéhérazade, the first of several Johann Strauss LPs and two parts of Smetana’s Ma vlast . The account of Stravinsky’s Apollon musagète also stands out, with feeling of real empathy for the work on Karajan’s part.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2012
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947900559
catalogNumber: 001684302

Tracks

  1. Dichter und Bauer (Poet and Peasant), overture to the operetta
  2. Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry), overture to the operetta

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