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Herbert von Karajan: Master Recordings (10 CD box set, APE)

Herbert von Karajan: Master Recordings (10 CD box set, APE)
Herbert von Karajan: Master Recordings (10 CD box set, APE)

Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 10 CD box set
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Size: 3.06 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

CD 01
Richard Strauss
Ein Heldenleben, Op.40
Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker

01. (A Hero’s Life), Tone Poem for Large Orchestra : Der Held
02. Des Helden Widersacher
03. Des Helden Gefahrtin
04. Des Helden Walstatt
05. Des Helden Friedenswerke
06. Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung
07. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche Op. 28 (Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks)

CD 02
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.3 in E flat major ‘Eroica’ Op.55
Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker

01. I. Allegro con brio
02. II. Marcia funebre. Adagio assai
03. III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
04. IV. Finale. Allegro molto

Symphony No.4 in B flat major op.60
05. I. Adagio – Allegro vivace
06. II. Adagio
07. III. Allegro vivace
08. IV. Allegro ma non troppo

CD 03
Piotr Il’ych Tchaikovsky
Richter, Rostropovich, Karajan & Wiener Symphoniker

Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
01. I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito
02. II. Andantino semplice – Prestissimo – Tempo I
03. III. Allegro con fuoco

Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello & orchestra in A major, Op. 33
04. Moderato quasi Andante
05. Tema. Moderato semplice
06. Variazione I. Tempo del Tema
07. Variazione II. Tempo del Tema
08. Variazione III. Andante sostenuto
09. Variazione IV. Andante grazioso
10. Variazione V. Allegro moderato
11. Variazione VI. Andante
12. Variazione VII e Coda. Allegro vivo

CD 04
Johannes Brahms
Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker

Symphony No.2 in D major op.73
01. Allegro non troppo
02. Adagio non troppo – L’istesso tempo, ma grazioso
03. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi Andantino)
04. Allegro con spirito

Symphony No.3 in F major op.90
05. Allegro con brio
06. Andante
07. Poco Allegretto
08. Allegro

CD 05
Igor Stravinsky
Herbert von Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker

Stravinsky – Le Sacre du printemps
Revised version for Orchestra (published 1947)
Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth
01. I. L’Adoration de la terre. Introduction
02. Les Augures printaniers (Danses des adolescentes)
03. Jeu du rapt
04. Rondes printanieres
05. Jeux des cites rivales
06. Cortege du Sage
07. Adoration de la terre (Le Sage)
08. Danse de la terre

Part 2: The Sacrifice
09. Introduction
10. Cercles mysterieux des adolescentes
11. Glorification de l’Elue
12. Evocation des ancetres
13. Action rituelle des ancetres
14. Danse sacrale (L’Elue)

Bartok – Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116
15. 1. (Introduzione). Andante non troppo – Allegro vivace
16. 2. (Giuoco delle coppie). Allegretto scherzando
17. 3. (Elegia). Andante, non troppo
18. 4. (Intermezzo interrotto). Allegretto
19. 5. (Finale). Pesante – Presto

CD 06
Claude Debussy
Herbert von Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker

La Mer
01. De l’aube a midi sur la mer. Tres lent
02. Jeux de vagues. Allegro
03. Dialogue du vent et de la mer. Animй et tumultueux
04. Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune

Maurice Ravel
05. Daphnis et Chloe – Suite No. 2
06. Bolero

CD 07
Franz Schubert
Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker

Symphony No.8 in B minor (“Unfinished”), D. 759
01. I. Allegro moderato
02. II. Andante con moto

Symphony No.9 in C major (“The Great”), D. 944
03. I. Andante – Allegro ma non troppo
04. II. Andante con moto
05. III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
06. IV. Finale. Allegro vivace

CD 08
Opera Intermezzi
Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker

Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata
01. Prelude to Act 3
Pietro Mascagni – Cavalleria rusticana
02. Intermezzo sinfonico
Giacomo Puccini – Suor Angelica, Opera lirica in un atto
03. Intermezzo
Ruggiero Leoncavallo – Pagliacci, Act 1
04. Intermezzo
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky – Khovanshchina, Act 4
05. Intermezzo
Giacomo Puccini – Manon Lescaut, Act 3
06. Intermezzo
Franz Schmidt – Notre Dame
07. Intermezzo
Jules Massenet – Thais, Act 2
08. M’editation – Intermezzo
Umberto Giordano – Fedora, Act 2
09. Intermezzo
Francesco Cilea – Adriana Lecouvreur, Act 2
10. Intermezzo
Ermanno Wolf Ferrari – Der Schmuck der Madonna, Act 3
11. Intermezzo
Pietro Mascagni – L’amico Fritz, act 3
12. Intermezzo

CD 09
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker

Requiem in D minor, K.626
01. Introitus. Requiem
02. II. Kyrie
03. III. Sequenz. No.1 Dies irae
04. No.2 Tuba mirum
05. No.3 Rex tremendae
06. No.4 Recordare
07. No.5 Confutatis
08. No.6 Lacrimosa
09. IV. Offertorium. No. 1 Domine Jesu
10. No. 2 Hostias
11. V. Sanctus
12. VI. Benedictus
13. VII. Agnus Dei
14. VIII. Communio. Lux aeterna
Anna Tomowa-Sintow – soprano,
Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan,
Rudolf Scholz – organ,
Wiener Singverein, chorus master – Helmut Froschauer

Mass in C major “Coronation” KV 317
15. Kyrie
16. Gloria
17. Credo
18. Sanctus
19. Benedictus
20. Agnus Dei. Agnus Dei
21. Agnus Dei. Dona nobis pacem
Anna Tomowa-Sintow – soprano,
Agnes Baltsa – contralto ,
Werner Krenn -tenor,
José van Dam – bass,
Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan,
Rudolf Scholz – organ,
Wiener Singverein – chorus master, Helmut Froschauer

CD 10
Ludwig van Beethoven
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker

Violin Concerto in D, Op.61
01. I. Allegro ma non troppo
02. II. Larghetto
03. III. Rondo. Allegro

A good treat for Karajan on his 100th

This box-set is highly recommended. It is released on the 100th anniversary of the birth of the conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. You may not find a lot of material here as records made by von Karajan run into the hundreds. Serious collectors of Karajan should look for the EMI edition of two box sets of Karajan’s works, and they contain up to 70 CDs each (Volume one – orchestral works and volume 2 opera and vocal works). Even then there will be a lot of other records to look for in the DECCA lable and the Deutsche Grammophon label. Those who cannot afford this box set (Master Recordings) and already own some of its CDs may opt for buying inidvidual CDs which are available for purchase and are the same digipack, etc., as the ones in this box-set. The remastering is superb and the artwork of the packaging is of very high quality.

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