Herbert von Karajan - Complete Decca Recordings

 
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STRAUSS / VERDI / ADAM / TCHAIKOVSKY / MOZART / etc
Herbert von Karajan - Complete Decca Recordings
Herbert von Karajan with Vienna Philharmonic, Mario del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi, Hilde Güden, Leontyne Price, etc

[ Decca / 33 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 21 February 2020

"Pavarotti is an inspired Rodolfo, with comic flair and expressive passion, while Freni is just as seductive as Mimi."
* * * 3 Stars PENGUIN STEREO GUIDE [La Boheme]

"Karajan fans, who lack this recording, should not hesitate and I hope that others now have some idea of what to expect. Karajan's approach is refreshing and the singing is superb." MusicWeb [The Marriage of Figaro]

'I found this an enormously exciting performance of The Planets...Karajan gives an absolutely splendid performance, breathing new life into the music...and it is just so welcome to see how finely this music comes up in the hands of a...different conductor of such gifts...this is a performance to be heard...Karajan has brought a new excitement to this music." Gramophone [The Planets]

"Clarity coupled with richness of sound, plus a believable concert-hall ambience, create a backdrop for playing that for the most part is full of character and colour...a snapshot of the younger Karajan at the height of his powers, and a kind of half-way point between his Philharmonia and Berlin periods. The Tchaikovsky and Adam excerpts are deservedly famous for the panache of the performances; the same goes for Romeo and Juliet and Peer Gynt where the orchestral colour is tempered by Nordic coolness.

Karajan's justly famous performance of Strauss's Zarathustra fully encompasses the composer's Nietzschean vision, both in the purple passages and the more delicate moments. Here and in the other Strauss works on the disc Karajan demonstrates how fully attuned he remained to this composer throughout his life. Till is suitably mischievous and pitiful by turns, Juan ardent and dashing, Tod und Verklärung suffused with the nobility this score needs if it is to avoid becoming mawkish. Karajan was always at his most persuasive in ballet scores, where the drama and colour inherent in the music seemed to bring out his most imaginative responses." (MusicWeb}

Tracks:

anon.: Angels We Have Heard on High
anon.: God rest ye merry, gentlemen
anon.: O Tannenbaum
anon.: Sweet L'il Jesus
Adam: Giselle
Adam: O Holy Night
Bach, J S: Canonic Variations on the Christmas Hymn 'Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her', BWV769
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
Bizet: Carmen
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Dvoƙák: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
Gounod: Ave Maria
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
Grieg: Solveig's Song (from Peer Gynt)
Gruber, F: Stille Nacht
Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E flat major 'Drum Roll'
Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major 'London'
Holst: The Planets, Op. 32
Hopkins, J H: We three Kings of Orient are
Mendelssohn: Hark! the herald angels sing
Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K165 - Alleluia
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Puccini: La Bohème
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Puccini: Tosca
Schubert: Ave Maria, D839
Strauss, J, II: Annen-Polka, Op. 117
Strauss, J, II: Auf der Jagd, Op. 373
Strauss, J, II: Der Zigeunerbaron Overture
Strauss, J, II: Die Fledermaus
Strauss, J, II: Die Fledermaus Overture
Strauss, J, II: Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325
Strauss, Josef: Delirien Waltz, Op. 212
Strauss, R: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
Strauss, R: Don Juan, Op. 20
Strauss, R: Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils
Strauss, R: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
Strauss, R: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24
Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture
Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: Ballet Suite
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
Verdi: Aida
Verdi: Otello
Willis, R S: It came upon the midnight clear (Carol)