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  • Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Audio CD (8 Sep 2008)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B001DCQI82
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,532 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21 - 1. Adagio Molto - Allegro Con BrioBerliner Philharmoniker 7:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21 - 2. Andante Cantabile Con MotoBerliner Philharmoniker 6:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro Molto E Vivace)Berliner Philharmoniker 3:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.1 In C, Op.21 - 4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro Molto E Vivace)Berliner Philharmoniker 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 - 1. Adagio - Allegro VivaceBerliner Philharmoniker10:26£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 - 2. AdagioBerliner Philharmoniker 9:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 - 3. Allegro VivaceBerliner Philharmoniker 5:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 - 4. Allegro Ma Non TroppoBerliner Philharmoniker 5:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Music To Goethe's Tragedy "Egmont" Op.84Berliner Philharmoniker 8:19£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 1. Adagio Molto - Allegro Con BrioBerliner Philharmoniker10:16£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 2. LarghettoBerliner Philharmoniker 9:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro)Berliner Philharmoniker 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.2 In D, Op.36 - 4. Allegro MoltoBerliner Philharmoniker 6:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 1. Poco Sostenuto - VivaceBerliner Philharmoniker11:24£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 2. AllegrettoBerliner Philharmoniker 7:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 3. Presto - Assai Meno PrestoBerliner Philharmoniker 7:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 4. Allegro Con BrioBerliner Philharmoniker 6:24£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Listen  1. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 1. Allegro Con BrioBerliner Philharmoniker13:28£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 2. Marcia Funebre (Adagio Assai)Berliner Philharmoniker16:27£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro Vivace)Berliner Philharmoniker 6:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 4. Finale (Allegro Molto)Berliner Philharmoniker11:35£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Overture "Leonore No.3", Op.72bBerliner Philharmoniker14:43£1.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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Listen  1. Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 1. Allegro Con BrioBerliner Philharmoniker 7:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 2. Andante Con MotoBerliner Philharmoniker 9:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 3. AllegroBerliner Philharmoniker 4:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 4. AllegroBerliner Philharmoniker 8:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 1. Allegro Vivace E Con BrioBerliner Philharmoniker 8:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 2. Allegretto ScherzandoBerliner Philharmoniker 3:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 3. Tempo Di MenuettoBerliner Philharmoniker 5:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 4. Allegro VivaceBerliner Philharmoniker 6:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: Overture "Fidelio", Op.72cBerliner Philharmoniker 6:57£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 1. Erwachen Heiterer Empfindungen Bei Der Ankunft Auf Dem Lande: Allegro Ma Non TroppoBerliner Philharmoniker 9:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 2. Szene Am Bach: (Andante Molto Mosso)Berliner Philharmoniker11:21£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 3. Lustiges Zusammensein Der Landleute (Allegro)Berliner Philharmoniker 5:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)Berliner Philharmoniker 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe Und Dankbare Gefühle Nach Dem Sturm: AllegrettoBerliner Philharmoniker 8:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Overture "Coriolan", Op.62Berliner Philharmoniker 8:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Creatures Of Prometheus, Op.43 - Overtura. Adagio - Allegro Molto Con BrioBerliner Philharmoniker 5:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Ruins Of Athens, Op.113Berliner Philharmoniker 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 6:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 1. Allegro Ma Non Troppo, Un Poco MaestosoBerliner Philharmoniker15:20£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 2. Molto VivaceBerliner Philharmoniker10:03£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 3. Adagio Molto E CantabileBerliner Philharmoniker16:50£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral"/4. - PrestoBerliner Philharmoniker 6:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral"/4. - Presto- "O Freunde, Nicht Diese Töne!" - Allegro AssaiBerliner Philharmoniker17:56£2.29  Buy MP3 

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on 18 Feb 2012
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Yes, as we all know, 90% of listeners prefer the 1963 cycle, relegating the likes of me firmly to the Minority. Here is my Apologia for the 1976 / 1977 cycle (& please note, given the endless debates, plagiarism is unavoidable):

1 - The 1977 Ninth is widely considered to be among the greatest recordings of all time - it is the Transit of Jupiter set to music. In the very least, it is the equal of its predecessor as a performance and the choir do not sound as if they were recorded at the bottom of the River Spee. As others have noted, Herbie red-lines himself at the end of the symphony and this is a rarity for such a highly controlled conductor. The sheer ferocity of the first movement is sui generis (with apologies to Toscanini). When comparing cycles, the better Nine must surely carry weight.

2 - The Pastoral is a far more relaxed affair than the overly tense 1963 performance and the key repeat in the scherzo is observed. Many people are not convinced by Herbie's reading of the Pastoral per se: again, I am in the Minority and this 1976 performance, IMO, is the best actualisation of his approach. For instance, the great Brucknerian blaze-ups in the finale are 'Affirmations of Being' - and how they resonate!

3. Again, as others have noted, the October 1976 performance of the Seventh is a once off. It might seem too 'stringy' to modern ears but what strings they are. The 1963 performance is superlative, but there is something about its successor that is ultimately inexplicable and thus all the more electrifying. The opening of the slow movement is the Oresteia set to music.

4. Herbie excelled in the Eroica. Indeed, even the 1984 'Karajan Gold' performance has strong - if not stronger - claims on a collector (along with the superlative 8).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Kernaghan on 20 Mar 2012
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Beethoven Symphonies 1 - 9. Berliner Philharmoniker and the Wiener Singverein. With Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Peter Schreier, Agnes Baltsa and Jose van Dam. Recorded 1977. Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft.

Karajan's second cycle with the Berlin Philharmonic immediately strikes you as 'heavy'. This is especially so if you have been listening continuously to performances more conscious of historical practices. This, as opposed to those performances where a conventional orchestra is used and a more 'lofty', personal view is imparted. From my perspective, many of these performances are often quite beautiful and have all the best hallmarks of what could be called the Karajan middle-late period (1970s). I think what I like best is the fact that he seems to have never compromised on his 'vision' of these works - even though the individual interpretations changed quite a lot between the 1963 and 1977 cycles - he never sacrifices his own feeling for precision and seamless beauty. That commitment is why I admire this conductor so much.

Between the two cycles (1963 and 1977), there are sharp contrasts and with mixed results. On the plus side this time, Karajan observes the repeats in the Sixth and the performance is more reflective as a result. Additionally, his more relaxed approach (more distinctively 'Karajan' than 'Karajan looking back at Toscanini') tends to let these amazing works radiate with more humanity. I have read elsewhere that Karajan's approach can be rather strict and icy cool - in the 1977 cycle at least, there is a much stronger sense for a human touch (in the Eroica and the Choral, the impression of the latter is 'dramatic' rather than 'firebrand' as in 1963).
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Surrey on 19 Jan 2011
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I have listened to many sets of Beethoven Symphonies - in my opinion this is the best. Many rate the earlier Karajan 1966 set, but this one is far better - the only slight reservation being around No.4 which is rather less spontaneous than the earlier version. Symphonies 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and especially 9 are great performances. The added overtures make great fill ups and are excellent performances too. The sound throughout is fantastic - far better than the later digital cycle. At this price you can't lose.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert Brook on 13 July 2011
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With an energy right through the heart of every symphony and amazing sound from the Berliners, Karajan here delivers arguably his greatest Beethoven cycle (ardent fans of the 1960's set will argue.)

The 9th is the standout performance from the set but the sheer depth of sound in the 3rd and 7th is spine tingling. This for me is the best of all Karajan's stereo Beethoven symphony sets and should be sampled without hesitation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bacchus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Feb 2012
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When I was growing up, this seemed to be the set of Beethoven Symphonies to go for. I used to love the covers with the number of the symphony in various designs [the 5 on a pedestal, the 3 on fire etc]. Karajan recorded complete cycles in the 1950s with the Philharmonia and recorded sets in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s with the Berlin Philharmonic. This is a review of the 1970s recordings; I do not feel qualified to judge on which was the best of the 4 sets but I would say that they all say something unique about Karajan's approach to Beethoven.

The first thing I would say about Karajan as a conductor in this music is that he is never boring. Having had a wonderful 7 hours listening to each symphony in succession, I never felt the urge to go off and do something else or wish he would just get on with it. Instead, I marvelled at his interpretive understanding of the music and the consistency of his approach.

There are always caveats. Although these performances are thrilling and exciting in places, they are also very civilised. It does feel like a superbly engineered Mercedes Benz that can drive at high speeds without giving any impression that the engine is under any strain. Long experience of Beethoven makes me prefer the music to sound more raw and revolutionary. This doesn't sound like music to storm the barricades.

Having said that, I don't think that I have heard a better recording of the 9th Symphony than the one in this set. It really sets of the cycle and is superbly sung and played in every department.

Whatever misgivings I have voiced, I still recommend this set very highly and think that no-one should be disappointed in owning it.
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