Karajan Gold

Karajan Gold

by Herbert von Karajan


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Karajan Gold

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2008
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947773412
catalogNumber: 001051402
Rank: 129193


  1. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Prélude
  2. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: 1. Allegro
  3. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 3. Rondo
  4. Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48: 2. Valse
  5. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo sinfonico
  6. An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314)
  7. Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228
  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
  9. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: 2. Air
  10. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: 1. Morning Mood
  11. Boléro, ballet for orchestra
  12. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Mars, the Bringer of War
  13. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: 1. Allegro con brio
  14. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 1. Allegro con brio
  15. Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337
  16. La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie), opera: Overture
  17. Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Méditation
  18. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Valse des fleurs
  19. Light Cavalry, overture to the operetta
  20. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle
  21. Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem (Má Vlast No. 2), JB 1:112/2

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