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Concerto Recordings 1948-1958 (Karajan Official Remastered Edition) [Box set]

Herbert von Karajan, Herbert von Karajan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00HYFKJCS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,832 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Karajan, for better or for worse, will never be remembered for his concerto recordings. There have been some exceptions in the maestro's long career - and this box set offers some resounding examples but somehow, the concept of Herr K sharing the stage with someone else has never quite worked. To be sure, Karajan has nurtured some young talents and has accompanied them on their way to glory, such as Anne-Sophie Mutter or Christian Ferras - both violinists, and Evgeni Kissin (even if this cooperation was cut short by Karajan's death).
Overall (and outside the soloists mentioned above), Karajan is at his best when he plays concerti with musicians from his orchestras (the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Philharmonia Orchestra) or when, as a young conductor, he defers to more experienced musicians than himself (the collaboration with Gieseking is a rare example of Karajan successfully cooperating with a soloist as famous as he was but materially older).
However, the legendary music-making with Lipatti is the exception demonstrating the rule. Despite the tension documented by the booklet accompanying the box set, Mozart's 21st piano concerto and the Schumann are sublimed by Lipatti's great playing but it is true that there is no particular alchemy between conductor and pianist. Despite this, the great Gieseking (absolutely phenomenal in another Karajan-led version of the Schumann piano concerto taped in 1953, five years after the Lipatti recording) does not quite reach the same level of poetry as his Romanian colleague.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Karajan Reissue. 22 May 2014
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If you enjoy Karajan's recordings, don't hesitate. The remastering improved these recordings over prior reissues. It is also great for Gieseking fans.
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