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Karajan Symphony Edition Box set

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  • Audio CD (14 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 38
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B001DCQIAU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The edition contains some of Karajan’s finest interpretations of Complete Symphonic Cycles by Beethoven (1970), Brahms, Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Tchaikovsky.

Tracklisting

  • BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONIES 1 – 9 + 6 Overtures
  • BRAHMS: SYMPHONIES 1 – 4 + Tragic Overture and "Haydn Variations"
  • BRUCKNER: SYMPHONIES 1 – 9
  • HAYDN: “PARIS“&”LONDON“SYMPHONIES
  • MENDELSSOHN: SYMPHONIES 1 – 5
  • MOZART: LATE SYMPHONIES (Nos. 35 - 41) plus nos. 29, 32 and 33
  • SCHUMANN: SYMPHONIES 1 – 4 + Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Fourth Symphony (recording of 1987 with Wiener Philharmoniker)
  • TCHAIKOVSKY: SYMPHONIES 1 – 6
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    61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Colin Fortune VINE VOICE on 4 April 2009
    Format: Audio CD
    Firstly let us list what the box contains:

    9 Symphonies by Beethoven (the second recorded set)
    5 Symphonies by Mendelssohn
    4 Symphonies by Schumann plus Overture, Scherzo and Finale
    6 Symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Marche Slave and Capriccio Italien
    The Haydn Paris and London Symphonies
    Mozart Symphonies 29, 32, 33, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41
    4 Brahms Symphonies (the second recorded set) plus the St Antoni Variations
    9 Symphonies by Bruckner (i.e. excluding "0" and Study Symphony and any "completion" of Symphony 9
    Some Beethoven overtures that will not really count in the balance in buying the set.

    These 38 discs retail at present Amazon price for under £1.00 each and this makes them something of a special price bargain when you consider that 30 or so years ago they were all issued as full price recordings! Taking 30 years as the average age of the recordings it is obvious that in certain cases the interpretive fashion has moved on. This is most obviously the case with the Beethoven symphonies and the Mozart and Haydn selections where there is a fairly large orchestra in each case, and Karajan's famous legato style is much in evidence. The recording quality is variable and some of the early digital recordings are extremely bright and hard (as is the Bruckner 3 Symphony, for example). The discs have not been remastered, but set that against the fact that they are remarkable cheap and retail, in some cases, for less than half the price of the newly packaged individual symphony releases. In the case of the Bruckner symphonies we have the same recordings as are to be found at a much higher price elsewhere on Amazon
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    52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Leach VINE VOICE on 19 Mar. 2009
    Format: Audio CD
    I'm not a total Karajan fan but this box contains some excellent recordings, and is clearly great value. I won't try to review every work here but instead make some general comments.

    The CDs come in paper sleeves in a single rigid capbox just over 2 inches thick. There are no separate boxes for each composer, and one booklet only, which contains only the timings and recording information, so no notes. They could have got away with 37 CDs if one curious 32 minute disc with just the Brahms Haydn Variations and Tragic Overture on it had been omitted.

    This Beethoven cycle is more 'Karajan Conducts Beethoven' than the objective 1960s set (which I have on SACD, and superb it sounds), but none the worse for that. Apart from the great Fifth, this Eroica is distinctive for the fiery tempo Karajan adopts in the opening movement. It was in fact the first recording of this work I ever heard, and I remember being enthralled by it even then. This builds into a really fine performance with a harrowing Marche Funebre.

    The Fourth can't quite compare to the 1960s one, which is probably the best Beethoven recording Karajan ever made. The Eighth here though is very good, comparable with Jochum's Concertgebouw recording made a few years earlier.

    The Ninth here has always been regarded as Karajan's best, and it is good, though I really prefer the 1960s one, even if Toscanini's star is a little too in the ascendant in the first movement there.

    The Brahms symphonies here are perhaps Karajan's best, with a particularly direct, well-played Second. The earlier Brahms cycle sounded much more lean than here. Karajan wouldn't be a first choice in any Brahms symphony for me, but I did enjoy these recordings.
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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Parker on 12 May 2009
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    Karajan died 20 years ago, but still sells in vast quantites.His enduring style was fidelity to the score and an often very accurate understanding of what went on in the composer's mind.Add an refusal to compromise on orchestral technique and a willingness to tackle just about anything in the repertoire.
    The symphonies reflect all of these qualities.Many are still the yardstick by which others are measured.Superlative Bruckner and Beethoven.Very central yet exciting Tchaikovsky.Magical interpretations of Schumann and Mendelssohn, full of flexibility and fire.Warm autumnal Brahms and civilised Haydn and Mozart(the last few of both, are very big and forward thinking,an obvious link to Beethoven)The sound is more than acceptable,often very good, the presentation meagre beyond belief but the cost represents astonishingly good value for money.The Berlin Philharmonic play like angels, but with Karajan at the helm what else would they do?
    An essential purchase.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Swallow on 18 Oct. 2014
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    This site represents incredible value. 38 CDs from one of the greatest conductors of the last century in the repertoire he did best. Much rubbish has been written about Karajan, mainly from people who envied him. But whatever his shortcomings as a man he was surely one of the very greatest conductors of all time. Here we have one of the finest Beethoven cycles, probably the finest cycle Brookner, and the Brahms symphonies to match anyone. The Tchaikovsky cycle is also outstanding. The rest is never less than very good day and much of it is excellent with fantastic playing from the Berlin Philharmonic. For some of the works, particularly the Mozart and Haydn it must be said there are different ways of doing it. But Karajan holds his own in his way. And I must say the composers shades must be smiling at the wonderful playing of their music. At the ridiculously cheap price, this is a set not to miss, especially as it comes well packaged.
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