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Bruckner: Symphony No.7 [CD]

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Jan 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000001GKC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Bruckner: Symphony No.7 In E Major - Ed. Haas - 1. Allegro moderatoHerbert von Karajan19:42£2.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Bruckner: Symphony No.7 In E Major - Ed. Haas - 2. Adagio. Sehr feierlich und sehr langsamHerbert von Karajan23:15£2.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Bruckner: Symphony No.7 In E Major - Ed. Haas - 3. Scherzo. Sehr schnell - Trio. Etwas langsamerHerbert von Karajan10:11£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Bruckner: Symphony No.7 In E Major - Ed. Haas - 4. Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht schnellHerbert von Karajan13:00£1.49  Buy MP3 

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime & Deeply Moving 7th 21 Nov 2008
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Karajan made an outstanding stereo recording of Bruckner's 7th with EMI, but this digital version, which turned out to be Karajan's swan-song, is even more impressive for its depth and sublimity. Overall reading is very similar to the live recording by Barenboim/BPO (Bruckner - Symphony No 7), another fine 7th. Personally I think Karajan's account is greater than the overrated Wand version (Bruckner: Symphony No.7 (BPO/Wand)). If you are after beautifully sculpted yet emotionally profound 7th, get both Karajan's digital recording and Barenboim's Live recording.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I have already eulogised the Karajan Bruckner Eighth Symphony, made with and by the same forces the previous November; it is possibly the greatest recording of the greatest symphony in my collection but this last collaboration between Das Wunder Karajan and the orchestra that kept faith with him once his relationship with the BPO had broken down irretrievably is of the same standard and deserves to stand alongside it as a valedictory triumph.

You straight away notice the immediacy of the recorded sound and how it brings out the famous warmth and glow of the VPO. I have the older issue which is impressive enough but the remastering for the Karajan Gold label is by all accounts even better. As long as it is not edgy, digital sound was made for the combination of Karajan, the VPO and Bruckner; this is a demonstration disc and by no means the performance of a sick old man, being somewhat more propulsive and relaxed than the two previous Karajan studio recordings of this symphony, midway between the speeds of the fastest 1975 version and the slowest in 1971 - yet the differences in all three timings is marginal and certainly not noticeable; the hallmark of all three of Karajan's interpretation of this symphony is the grandeur and sonority of the performance; nobody does the climax of the first movement like Karajan.

Is the extra warmth of this recording perhaps the result of the stiff-backed old man letting go just a little of his famous iron control and simply letting the orchestra play music they love in the way they best know how? There is certainly no slackness in the beat or loose ensemble but you get the sense of the VPO breathing as one giant organism under the benevolent eye of a man who knew he was in the process of adding to his own already monumental legacy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific recording, terrific performance! 18 Dec 2013
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Typical Karajan, measured and powerful! Bought this because a friend had died and his instructions for his funeral asked that the second movement of this be played as the coffin was being brought into the Church! I knew some of the Bruckner symphonies, but not this one! Really love it now though!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of Karajan & Of Bruckner's Seventh 18 Jan 2007
By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is the recording that turned me, irrevocably, onto Bruckner. Certainly the benchmark, all others being of curiosity value, so as to hear other methods and the inevitable pitfalls. Gloriously played, sublimely humane, even more vital to your collection than the much-praised Vienna Eighth. Karajan's final recording: a perfect ending. Look no further, seriously.

Update 2013: well, today I might qualify the "all others being of curiosity value", but the truth as I understand it remains that this is the greatest Bruckner 7th on record and one of Karajan's essential recordings. The fervour of the performance is unarguable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruckner made easy 17 Mar 2001
By "danielinyaracuy" - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Karajan ended his recording career with this CD. It is difficult to avoid the easy cliches that come with this comment. I will just say that although Karajan was not one of my favorites, I am more than ready to admit that quite often he reached greatness, and this CD is one of those occasions. This is definitely the best 7th symphony of Bruckner that I have heard. The keen understanding that Karajan had of it, and the magical tool of the Wiener Philharmonic pretty much assures us that it will be a while until anybody comes up with a better interpretation. The 7th is reputedly the "easiest" symphony for the neophyte. I think that perhaps it is the less demanding of them, even the simplest. Too often it is played without much scope. Karajan here shows us that the 7th should not be taken for granted and that it speaks to the deeper recess of our soul as much as its companions. However he does not stop there and he shows us the sunnier aspects of the music of Bruckner, nowhere more apparent than in this work, except perhaps curiously in some passages of the 4th. I would say that the understanding of this balance by Karajan is what makes this recording so great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Near-death serenity 10 Aug 2004
By Bruce Hodges - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This symphony opens with one of the most gorgeous passages for cello ever written, and although I am not one to rave on and on about the Vienna Philharmonic, they deliver this magical beginning as well as I've ever heard it. Herbert von Karajan takes his time here, and the orchestra follows suit with a glorious, often magic performance. Although there is no single "right" approach to this music, I confess that I prefer my Bruckner to err slightly on the slow side. The composer's long phrases are so beautiful that it seems like a waste to rush through them, and I like conductors who can linger on the huge paragraphs (and orchestras with the technical prowess to support this approach).

In what would be his last recording, von Karajan seems to have found more quiet mystery here than usual (as in his final Bruckner Eighth, also with Vienna). This is a glowing, serene journey -- different from say, Georg Solti's slightly faster, and more intense version with Chicago. The sound quality is excellent, as well, even if to my ears not quite as ideal as for that Eighth.

As one of Bruckner's most popular works, the Seventh is well-preserved on disc, in a crowded cluster of memorable recordings from many eras. I also admire Christoph von Dohnanyi's beautiful version with the incomparable Cleveland Orchestra, and the aforementioned Solti gives me more pleasure than I might have thought at first. But this final von Karajan breath does seem to have a special aura.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime! 3 Sep 1999
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Format:Audio CD
The very last Karajan recordings, like this one, and the last 3rd and 4th Brahms symphonies ( also first released in 1989 ), present a whole new Karajan. Not so ambitious of proving to everybody he's the very best, and not so technical-perfection minded anymore, Karajan lets the music speak for itself, without forcing any extra energy on it, and the result is sheer beauty, of the kind we rarely find in any kind of art work, something that really takes you to other worlds, with mountains of beauty and erupting emotions. And it's a totaly new kind of beauty, not usually found in Karajan's earlier recordings. This recording is invaluable for any music lover, and a must for any Karajan admirer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Karajan's finest Bruckner! 7 Jun 2006
By David Lee - Published on
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The end of Herbert K's life brought a strange amount of discord. His health was very bad after falling off of a podium which broke his hip and there was an estrangement which set in between the Berlin Phil which sadly darkened the last years after all he did for this orchestra. That being said, the relationship which spawned again with the Vienna Philharmonic was a source of great music that being said one can imagine how fine things were in Vienna in the late 80s with such conductors as Karajan, Giulini, and Abaddo making so many fine recordings in the cap it off Bernstein was doing great Mahler in Vienna at that time as well!! we come to the last recording of Karajan's career. It is truly an awesome piece of music making with the Adagio as the high point...all of the wonder of this fine music is here plus the opulent phrasing which only the Vienna Phil can bestow on this for price this recording at any price is worth having. Not since the like of Klemperer, Jochum and Knappersbusuch has such great Bruckner playing been heard...although I like Barenboim for different reasons his Bruckner is defintely not anywhere in this league...

so for true collectors of fine performances and Conducting this Karajan is a real must!
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "farrewell" recording but not conducted that way 1 Nov 2005
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Several early Amazon reviewers treated this Bruckner Seventh, which was released posthumously after Karajan's death in 1989, as if it foreshadows an old man's passing. But this performance isn't a slow or reflectively melancholy reading--in fact, the first movement is quicker (if only marginally) than Karajan's two previous recordings for EMI and DG, both with the Berlin Phil. By comparison, the Vienna Phil. sounds sweeter, never bombastic, incapable of a brash phrase. The recording sounds so alive and present that one could swear it was a concert performance, but apparently it wasn't. In any case, the orchestral execution is more animated and fresher sounding than on Karajan's two previous readings.

The conductor always favored whispering pianissimos and thunderous, though controlled, fortissimos. Here those contrasts are reduced; The music tends to stay in an average dynamic range until a climactic swell is called for. This evenness of tone gives the reading a flowing quality, which is enhanced by Karajan's refusal to use the start-and-stop phrasing so common with other conductors in Bruckner. The great slow movement is especially free and spontaneous, not at all funereal even if the composer was moved by Wagner's recent death. This memorial to his greatest hero is sublime rather than grieving.

With so many special qualities, it's hard not to declare that this is Karajan's greatest Bruckner Seventh recording. In terms of freshness and a singing line, only the live Giulini performance from London (on BBC Legends) comes close to it in my experience. Highly, highly recommended.

P.S. May, 2009 - For anyone who's interested, I've added a more detailed comparison among Karajan's three Bruckner Sevenths in the comments section. It pleases me that so many five-star reviews have accumulated in the passing years.
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