SUPERB PERFORMANCE and BRILLIANT RECORDING ! This CD is not a Karajan Gold... but a KARAJAN PLATINUM. VERY STRONGLY RECOMMENDED !
Despite the encomiastic excellence, authority and clearness of "Gramophone", I don't agree, at times, with theirs reviews. But I entirely agree with the "Gramophone"'s Reviewer - alluding, "in brief", to the Tone Poem "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (1973 version: 'DG, The Originals') - when he writes ["The Gramophone Classical Music Guide" - 2008, p. 1029]: "Arguably the most imposing of Karajan's three recordings. An interpretation of tremendous stature and aplomb; fabulous playing from the Berliners who have a uniquely dense sound when they play the music of Richard Strauss under Karajan".
And, when compares the 1973 and the 1983 ('DG, Karajan Gold') versions,
the "Gramophone"'s Reviewer writes ("Op. cit.", page 1030): "The playing of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on the both sets is as glourious as
ever (...) and in Strauss Karajan have no peer. As a recording 1983 disc
is very good indeed. The famous opening as greater intensity in the 1973
version, and you may prefer its marginaly greater warmth and glow of the strings". [...].
"To sum up, Karajan's classic 1973 account holds sway".
I fully subscribe these reviews.
But the CD also embrace the astonishing and marvellous Tone Poems "Don Juan" and "Till Eulenspiegel Lustige Streiche", a clear first choice in both works, extremely well played, and the bonus of the splendid, stimulant and exciting "Salome"'s "Dance of Seven Veils" ("Tanz der Sieben Schleier").
In a word: A disc generously full (79' of running time) and of greater quality.
And, to conclude, for the ones who enjoy the good appearance of a disc (or a box set), I emphasize the beautiful (and appropriate) NASA's Cover Photo
of the CD's booklet.
ONOFRE MOREIRA (PORTUGAL)