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  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 1. Allegro vivace e con brio 9:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Beethoven: Symphony No.8 In F, Op.93 - 2. Allegretto scherzando 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  6. Beethoven: Fidelio Op.72 - Overture 6:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Beethoven: Overture "Leonore No.3", Op.72b14:05Album Only

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Explosive, and surprising! 14 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Like the recording of the Eroica symphony of the same cycle, this recording is surprising. although in general the 1984 cycle is not as satisfying as the 1977 cycle, or the 1962 cycle, this recording is an exception. It's bursting with energy, and is truly shocking, in the good sense of the word. One experiences an element of surpire when listening to this recoring: I didn't know the music is so powerful! This recording is a must have.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Big! Loud! Gigantic Performances! What's Not To Like? 5 Aug. 2006
By dv_forever - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the 8th symphony from the final Karajan cycle and man oh man, does this baby breath fire or what in Karajan's still capable hands! Unlike the latter-day wimpy period instrument and historically informed conductors of this symphony, nicknamed sometimes as Beethoven's little symphony, Karajan does not play anything down, he is with Beethoven every step of the way. Karajan utilizes the full sized Berlin Philharmonic orchestral apparatus and it's apparent right from the get go as the opening sounds much more grandiose than any other 8th you've ever encountered. Karajan even tops his earlier accounts. The development section of the opening movement is absolutely stunning and gives you a dramatic fever rush. Just compare this to Bernstein or Rattle or God help us, Abbado! Karajan beats them all hands down. The symphony continues on in this very positive manner and the finale shines through exceptionally.

It's quite rare for Beethoven's 8th to be the featured work on a CD. The symphony is only 25 minutes long so you get 3 awesome overtures to fill the gap so to speak and give you your money's worth. You better believe you get your money's worth because the Coriolan Overture is grim and brutal, tragically intense and reminded me of the great Furtwangler's wartime account of this C Minor score. It is a super heated drama in eight and a half minutes, Karajan does it proud. The Fidelio Overture is also outstanding, but the final selection on this disc is the Leonore Overture 3 and it is a major highlight of this record. Karajan seems to judge perfectly here and I was involved all the way through it's 14 minute length. The coda is utterly electrifying, if you are familiar with this Overture, you know what I'm talking about, but you haven't heard it until you hear this superb rendition. Karajan seems to lift the entire string section into the stratosphere, violins, violas, cellos and all until a huge fortissimo burst out across the entire orchestra and that energy is carried right to the conclusion. Great composing by Ludwig Van Beethoven, great conducting by Herbert Von Karajan.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Masterful As Always! 15 Jan. 2000
By M. Packo - Published on Amazon.com
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For his third DGG recording of Beethoven's marvelous "unbuttoned" eighth symphony, Karajan spares no detail. Though the overall performance and magnificent rhythmic pulse and drive of the '62 Berliners is still unbeatable, here you get the full benefit of digital recording: those horns are unveiled and distinct! Karajan almost pulls off topping himself on this recording - but then comes the finale! The fourth movement has some regretable changes of tempo that I found slowed down its marvelous rush to completion. Von Karajan has done this in other recordings: worked to his advantage in the Eroica, particularly. However, his revisitings of the overtures are sterling - flawlessly precise and dynamic in only the way Von Karajan and his Berliners can be: expressiveness of feeling always tempered by steely technique! True Germanic perfection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Lion at Sunset 12 May 2011
By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Herbie recorded a barnstorming Beethoven 8th with the Vienna Philharmonic at the start of his career - no wonder Walter Legge sat up and took notice of the young comet - and towards the close of his career, Herbie repeated the feat in spades. This is Beethoven as it should be: full-blooded, heroic and a titan-unto-itself. The first movement has more kinetic energy to its name than the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. The humour of the later movements is not missed. The three overtures are despatched with equal aplomb and vehemence.

Akin to the Ghost of Banquo, this CD should be permanently nailed to the rostrum of the Berlin Philharmonic to remind Herbie's successors, pallid though they be, that a giant has gone before them. The remastering is praiseworthy but that is the least important consideration here - oh, melt in the conflagration of suns!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The vigorous, energized Eighth is stonger than the overtures 17 Feb. 2008
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Opinions aren't likely to change at this late date about Karajan's career, but now we have the luxury and the time to assess it all, five decades worth. This digital Eighth is one of the stronger links in his fourth complete Beethoven cycle. It lays calim to being in the best sound, particularly as remastered in the Karajan Gold series. The Berlin Phil. play with comitment and vitality, especially in the first movement, and Karajan seems energized. Is there a whiff of the glibness that critics complain about? A little.

I'm not so happy with the three overtures. Fidelio feels indifferent to me, heavy in texture and disengaged emotionally. Coriolan, despite some reviewers here, isn't heroic and gripping enough, certainly not tragic as it was under Furtwangler. Leonore #3 is the best of the lot, but against the undeniable excitment of the Berliners' playing, I didn't feel that Karajan told the story of the opera, which is totally necessary in this great work. The tenderness and suspense written into its various sections seemed to have been smoothed out.

In all, I'd steer listeners to the symphony as a prime example of how well Karajan maintained his reputation as a great Beethoven conductor to the end, while not being so sure about the fillers.
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