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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Von Karajan 1938-1960. A long view.
In this box set you hear a conductor who is fiery, passionate, a fearless risk taker, to such a degree, a critic in 1937 called Von Karajan, "Wunder Karajan", Karajan, the miracle. You only have to hear CD 1 Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6 recorded in 1939 to understand why. Or the live Lucia di Lammermoor with Callas recorded in 1955.Of which the great musicologist, Charles...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Order the official remastered editions
Don't order this set. You can, with the £ 90 this set costs, buy three or four smaller sets of the recently released collection "Karajan Official Remastered Edition" with performances from the same period. It is a much better choice. This set means quantity whilst the remastered editions mean quality. You could also get the whole remastered sets comprising this period...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Von Karajan 1938-1960. A long view., 13 May 2014
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In this box set you hear a conductor who is fiery, passionate, a fearless risk taker, to such a degree, a critic in 1937 called Von Karajan, "Wunder Karajan", Karajan, the miracle. You only have to hear CD 1 Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6 recorded in 1939 to understand why. Or the live Lucia di Lammermoor with Callas recorded in 1955.Of which the great musicologist, Charles Osbourne stated " that the opera is conducted with a masterly intensity by Karajan." Alan Blyth writes about Von Karajan's conducting of Il Trovatore with Callas, "that his own contribution to the recording with the Scala orchestra and chorus is extremely distinguished." The Penguin guide 1993 gives Von Karajan's 1956 Der Rosenkavalier a rosette for excellence; further more the critic writes "that it is one of the greatest of all opera recordings. A spacious reading combining with an emotional intensity that even he has rarely equalled." (REVIEWS BELOW).

Naturally, this is a box set for diehard fans of Von Karajan, also for those who do not like his music making. After his earlier years, he changed. That is why I decided to review this great set properly. The Beethoven 9 symphonies in this set, are better than the 1961-1962 recordings. Mostly Swift, almost Toscanini like. About Von Karajan, Felix Aprahamian in Opera on Record 1979 sums up the conductor " it is a curious fact that in so much classical music, Karajan gives the impression of being Svengali manipulating the music marvellously, but at one remove controlling it from the outside, as it were. Yet here in the EMI 1978 Pelleas et Melisande, the music seems to well up as a more deeply felt emotion". The critic had not heard the 1954 version of that opera on CD 102-103, nor CD 90 Richard Strauss's 1959 Ein Heldenleben, both shot through with emotion, or in fact many of the pieces in this set.

The box is black with a subtle gold wave running across it. The writing is in white, with Big letters VON KARAJAN-the 1938-1960 collection. At the sides details of composers and their music. A lid covers the entire box. Useful, for you can place inside the CDs you want to play.The box is made of tough cardboard and is very long. Much more so than the RCA Toscanini box set and is as heavy. Inside are 12 smaller boxes, the size of CD sleeves. The boxes are made from tough cardboard as well. Black with composers names in gold lettering. At the top and sides, the box numbers in gold. CD numbers in white. The sleeves are all black, with the composers on the bottom in gold. CD number in white. At the back, composer, with track numbers, orchestra and date recorded, plus total time. The CDs are black with Composers in gold. Also, contains the following information, compact disc, digital audio. So it has been remastered. You can tell that by his 1938-1944 recordings. Sound Mono generally. ADD, sometimes stereo. The sound is as good as that produced by Decca and others in their recordings of 1940-1960's studio and live classical music and opera, often better. There is a booklet which pulls no punches about Von Karajan's life and is very honest. There is a CD Rom. Labelcopy and booklet it says. 20 live recordings, including quite a number of operas.These recordings are from EMI, DGG and live radio recordings. They are now in the public domain, for the Laws in Britain and Europe are different to the USA.

The box set is produced by "The Intense media.de." together with Membran. They have produced Wagner's vision, a 50 CD set of all his live versions of his operas, recorded at Bayreuth.1920's-1960. Callas the complete arias 1949-1960. Also, Wagner's Ring conducted by Furtwangler in Rome 1953 with Modl. The box is not large like before, but in a small CD box; I know I have just reviewed it. Also, Callas a 64 CD set in a huge red box, with small boxes inside. Hardly anyone bought it, (I reviewed it) but it is better then the EMI set for it has 12 live operas.

Herbert Von Karajan was born in Salzburg in 1908, the son of a Surgeon. At the age of 8 he was admitted to the Mozarteum Conservatory. In 1921 at the same venue he made his debut as a conductor. In 1934 at the age of 27, he became the youngest general manager for an opera house in all of Germany. This was the Aachen Theatre. Von Karajan was largely self taught as a conductor, he would listen for hours on end to recordings of other conductors with his eyes closed. In 1933 he joined the Nazi party. After the war he described his former outlook as opportunistic. What surprised me was that he was highly influenced by Toscanini and Furtwangler. He even claimed a link to Nikisch, who was the only role model for Furtwangler himself. Nikisch invented the modern conductor and how to have a subjective influence on how the music was being played. A educator of the orchestra if you will. But he was beloved by all who played under him. Von Karajan was not, but that was the case with many of the great Conductors of the past.

Now the introduction is over, I will place the Box number, composer and date first. Stereo, the rest are mono. Then the music and orchestra, plus comments from me, or Penguin guides 1977,1993 and 1996, and Opera on record, Ed Alan Blyth.

BOX 1. MOZART:(1938) The Magic flute overture. Staatskapelle Berlin. TCHAIKOVSKY: (1939) Symphony No 6. Berliner Phil.SMETANA:(1940) Vltava. The Moldau. Berlin Phil. BEETHOVEN: (1944) Symphony no 3. Staatskapelle Berlin. WEBER: (1943)Die Freischutz overture. Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam. DVORAK:(1940) Symphony No 9. From the New World. Berliner Phil. BRUCKNER: Symphony No 8. 4th Movement. Staatskapelle Berlin. The sound is very good. I nearly fell off my chair. For this is a vibrant, energetic, passionate Van Karajan. Wait until you hear the final of the Bruckner 8th. WOW!

BOX 2: BEETHOVEN: (1953) Symphonies 1-4 Four is slow. (1955) Sym 5."is blisteringly fast". (1953) Sym 6. "Swift". (1951) Sym No 7, (1955) Sym 8. When the white hot last movement was played, I was dancing around. My God it was quick. Like Zinman and his semi period instrument orchestra with Beethoven. (1955) Sym no 9. Schwarzkopf, Hoffgen, Haefiger, Edelmann, Philharmonia Orchestra. These 1950's Beethoven recordings are the best out of the four sets he made of these recordings. For here, Von Karajan was true to himself. BEETHOVEN: (1957) LIVE. Piano concerto no 3. Glen Gould Berliner Phil. You can see Gould playing on Collector's edition-Piano. (read my review).He plays on a tattered chair he has owned for 20 years. he will not part with it. (1953) Egmont Overture. Philharmonia Orch. (1953) Coriolan overture Philharmonia Orch. (1953) Leonore 3 overture. Philharmonia orch.(1952) LIVE. Piano Concerto no 4. Clara Haskil-piano. Vienna Phil. (1951) Piano concerto No 5. Walter Gieseking-piano. (1955) Violin Concerto Lucerne Festival Orch. Wolfgang Schneiderhan-violin.(1954) Ah! Perfido. Schwarzkopf. Philharmonia Orchestra. Fidelio Abscheulicher. Komm, Hoffnung. (1960) LIVE.STEREO. FIDELIO: Nilsson, Vickers, Lipp, Hotter, Frick, Unger, Crass. chorus and orchestra of La Scala, Milan. (1958) Missa Solemnis. Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Gedda, Zaccaria, Chorus of friends of Vienna. Philharmonia Orch.

BOX 3: MOZART: (1946 &1947) Sym No 33. Three German dances. Six German dances. Adagio und Fuge KV 546. Divertimento Nr 17 KV 334. masonic funeral music. Vienna Phil. (1954 & 1955) Symphony No 35. Haffner. Symphony No 39. Divertimento no 15. Philharmonia Orch. (1958) Symphony No 38 Prague. Philharmonia Orch. (1960) STEREO. Symphony no 29. Berlin Phil. (1953)Serenade No 13. "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" Philharmonia Orch. STEREO. (1959) symphony No 104. Vienna Phil. (1960) Symphony No 40 Vienna Phil.(1956) LIVE. Symphony No 41. "Jupiter". Berliner Phil.(1956) LIVE. Piano concerto no 20 Wilhelm Kempff-piano.Berlin Phil. (1953) Horn and Bassoon. Walton Clarinet, Sutcliffe oboe, Dennis Brain, horn, Cecil James, bassoon, Philharmonia Orch. (1955) Clarinet concerto in A major. Walton clarinet, Philharmonia Orch. (1953) Horn concerto No 1-4. Dennis Brain-Horn. Philharmonia Orch. A famous EMI record." It was once stated that Brain, besides being a superb horn player; was also the finest Mozartian of his generation. Every note is alive. Karajan's accompaniments,too, are a model of Mozartian good manners"

(1951) Piano Concerto No 22. Walter Gieseking-piano. Philharmonia orch.(1953) Piano Concerto No 24. Walter Gieseking-Piano Philharmonia.(1950) THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO: Kunz, Seefried, London, Schwarzkopf, Jurinac, Hongen cond Vienna Phil. "Karajan at this early period was fresher as a Mozartian than later, keeping necessary lightness." (1950) THE MAGIC FLUTE: Weber, Dermota, London, Lipp, Seefried, Jurinac, Kunz, Loose. Vienna Phil."There has never been a more seductive reading of this opera than Karajan's version of 1950. The cast has not been matched on record. It is a Mozart treat not to be missed." (1954) COSI FAN TUTTE: Schwarzkopf, her "singing here is more compelling than her later set." Merriman, Panerai, Simoneau's arias are beautifully sung. Otto, Bruscantini. Philharmonia Orchestra and chorus. "Karajan has never sparkled more naturally in Mozart than here. An essential purchase for Mozartians." This set even won a rosette from the Penguin guide for excellence. (1950) Piano Concerto no 21. Dinu Lipatti-Piano Lucerne Festival orch. (1946 &1947). Don Giovanni. La ci darem La Mano. Kunz, Seefried. Batti, Batti, O Bel Masetto. Seefried. Le Nozze di Figaro. Non piu andrai. Kunz. Or Sai Ch'l Onore. Maria Cebotari. Crudele? Non mi dir. Cebotari. Voi, Che Sapete. Deh, vieni,non tardar. Die Zauberflote. Bei mannern,Welche liebe fuhlen. Schwarzkopf. Kunz. Vienna Phil. (1960) LIVE Requiem in D minor kv 626. price, Rossl-Majdan, Wunderlich, Berry, Vienna Phil. (1955) Aveverum corpus KV 618. Philharmonia Orch.

BOX 4: SCHUBERT (1955) Symphonie No 8 Unfinished. Philharmonia Orchestra. (1946)Symphony No 9. Vienna Phil. (1958)Sym No 5. Philharmonia Orch. WEBER: (1960) STEREO Invitation to the Dance.Philharmonia Orch. (1960) Der Freischutz. Berlin Phil. (1948) SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto Dinu Lipatti-Piano. Philharmonia Orch. (1957) Symphony no 4. Berlin Phil. (1959)(STEREO) BRAHMS: Symphony No 1 Vienna Phil. (1959) (STEREO) MENDELSSOHN: Overture Fingal's Cave for overture. Berlin Phil. (1959) (STEREO) NICOLAI: The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture. Berlin Phil. (1955) BRAHMS: Symphony No 2. Philharmonia orch. (1955) Variations on a theme by Joseph Haydn.Philharmonia Orch.(1960) (STEREO) BRAHMS: Symphony No 3. Vienna Phil.(1959) (STEREO) Hungarian Dances 1,3,5,6, 17-20. (1955) BRAHMS: Symphony No 4. Philharmonia orch.(1958) SMETANA: Vltava Die Moldau. ( 1958) Piano concerto No 2. Hans Richter-Haaser-Piano.(1957) LIVE. A German Requiem. Lisa della Casa. Fischer-Dieskau, Vienna Phil.(1957) DVORAK: Symphony No 9. Berliner Phil. (1959) STEREO. Slavonic dances. Op 46. 1,3,7. Op 72. 2,8. (1958) LISZT: Les Preludes. Philharmonia Orch. (1960) STEREO Hungarian Rhapsody No 2. Philharmonia Orch.(1960) STEREO. Fantasia on Hungarian folk melodies. Shura Cherkassky-Piano.

BOX 5. BRUCKNER: (1954) LIVE.Symphony No 5. Vienna Phil (1957) No 8. Berlin Phil. Listen to the Adagio (CD 45) and hear how it shimmers with emotion, yet the tempo is slow. In my opinion, certainly better then Karajan's box set 8th. The only one who comes near to this adagio, is the live version of the 8th, conducted by Klemperer with the Koln Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester 1957. The 5th symphony is the best I have heard and its live.

BOX 6: TCHAIKOVSKY:(1952-1953) Symphony No 5. Philharmonia Orch.(1960) STEREO. Romeo and Juliet overture. Vienna Phil.(1960) Symphony No 4 Berlin Phil . (1958) Overture 1812. (1955) Symphony No 6. Philharmonia orch. MUSSORGSKY: (1959) STEREO. Khovanshchina. Dance of the Persian slaves. Entr'acte Act 4. Philharmonia Orch. TCHAIKOVSKY:(1952) The Nutcracker Suite.(1959) STEREO) Swan Lake suite. Sleeping beauty. Philharmonia Orch. GRIEG: (1951) Piano Concerto in a minor. FRANCK: Symphonic varations for piano and orchestra. Walter Gieseking-piano. MUSSORGSKY: (STEREO) (1959) Pictures at an exhibition. BORODIN: (1960) Polovotsian Dances No 8. No 17. Philharmonia Orch. (1954) BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique. Le Carnaval Romain. La Damnation of Faust-March. Les Troyens. Royal hunt and storm. Philharmonia orch.

BOX 7: DONIZETTI: (1955) LIVE. LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR. Maria Callas, Di Stefano, Panerai, Zaccaria, RIAS Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. VERDI: (1956) IL TROVATORE. Maria Callas. Panerai, Barbieri, Di Stefano, Zaccaria, Orchestra of La Scala Milan. AIDA.(1951)LIVE. Carla Martinis. Neil Rankin. Lorenz Fehenberger. Giampiero Malaspina. Alois Pernerstorfer. Vienna Symphoniker. (1956) FALSTAFF. Gobbi, Alva, Panerai, Ercolani, Zaccaria, schwarzkopf, Moffo,Merriman, Barbieri. Philharmonia Orchestra. " Karajan's recording presents not only the most pointed account orchestrally of Verdi's comic masterpiece but one of the most sharply characterful casts ever gathered for a recording" (1958)LIVE. DON CARLOS.(4 acts instead of five). Siepi, Fernandi, Bastianini, Zaccaria, Jurinac, Simionato, Vienna Philharmonic. (1951)LIVE. MISSA DA REQUIEM Stella,Dominguez, Gedda, Vienna Symphonic Orchestra. PUCCINI: MADAMA BUTTERFLY. (1955) Maria Callas, Danieli, Gedda, Choir and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan." Callas's view, aided by superbly imaginative and spacious conducting from Karajan, give extra dimension to the Puccinian little woman. Yet the powerful combination of Callas and Karajan make a powerful effect on the listener". ROSSINI: (1960) STEREO. Overtures. L' italiana in Algeri. Semiramide. Il Barbiere Di Siviglia. Guillaume Tell. La Scala di Seta. La Gazza Ladra. BIZET: CARMEN. (1954) LIVE. Simionato, Gedda, Gueden, Roux, Sciutti, Choir and orchestra of the Vienna State opera.(1958) Carmen suite. L'Arelesienne suite No 1 & 2. Philharmonia Orchestra.

BOX 8: HUMPERDINCK: HANSEL UND GRETEL.(1953) Grummer, Schwarzkopf, Schurhoff,Metternich, Felbermayer. Philharmonia orchestra. "Karajan's Classic Humperdinck's opera with Schwarzkopf and Grummer almost peerless in the name-parts, is enchanting, this is an instance when everything in the recording went right." WAGNER: Overtures and Preludes.(1957 & 1960) MONO and STEREO. The flying dutchman Overture. Tannhauser Overture. Lohengrin Prelude to Act 1. The Mastersinger of Nurnberg prelude Act 1. Tristan und isolde. Prelude to Act 1. Isoldes liebestod. (1951) LIVE. DIE MEISTERSINGERS VON NURNBERG. Edelmann, Dalberg, Kunz, Stolze, Van Mill, Hopf, Unger, Schwarzkopf, Malaniuk. Chor and Orchester der Bayreuth Festspiele. (1958)LIVE. DIE WALKURE. Suthaus,Frick, Hotter, Rysanek. Nilsson, Madeira. Christa Ludwig, Rossl-Majdan. Orchestra of La Scala,Milan.(1951) LIVE. SIEGFRIED. Aldenhoff, Kuen, Sigurd Bjorling, Lipp, Varnay. Bayreuth festival Orchestra.(1952) LIVE. TRISTAN UND ISOLDE: Vinay, Weber, Modl, Hotter, Uhde, Malaniuk, Stolze. Unger. Bayreuth Festival chorus and orchestra. I own this set and rate it as highly as EMI's 1953 version with Flagstad and Suthaus. Modl has a distinctive voice has had Callas,for their voices throbbed with emotion.

BOX 9: RICHARD STRAUSS: (1959) STEREO. Ein Heldenleben Berlin Phil. Highly emotional. (1959) STEREO. Also sprach Zarathustra." It was a famous demonstration disc in its day." Vienna Phil. (1960) Till Eulenspiegels Lustige streiche. Don Juan. Vienna Phil. (1960) STEREO.Tod und Verklarung. Salome. Fast and rich with feeling. Dance of the seven veils.Vienna Phil. "These works sound freshly minted".(1956) MONO. LIVE.Four last songs.Schwarzkopf.Philharmonia orchestra. Not as good as the Szell version. But Von Karajan feels the music. (1956) DER ROSENKAVALIER. Schwarzkopf, Edelmann, Wachter, Ljuba Weitsch, Kuen, Gedda, Felbermayer, Philharmonia Orchestra. (1954) ARIADNE AUF NAXOS. Schwarzkopf, Streich, Seefried, Schock, Unger,Lisa Otto,Hoffmann, Felbermayer. "Karajan brings a performance that even he has rarely matched on record." (1947) Metamorphosen. (1947 and 1948). Der Rosenkavalier. Kann mich auch an ein madel erinnern. Quinquin, er soll jetzt geh'n. Hilde Konetzni -sop. Herr Gott im himmel. Schwarzkopf and Seefried. Salome. Abstieg in die cisterne. Ah! Du wolltest mich nicht. Ah! warum hast du mich nich angesehn? Ljuba Welitsch, soprano, Gertrud Schuster mezzosoprano. Adiadne auf Naxos. Es Gibt ein reich. Maria Cebotari soprano. Vienna Phil.

BOX 10:(1960) STEREO. SIBELIUS: Symphony No 2. Symphony No 5. Philharmonia Orchestra. Not as good as Colin Davis, for he is a Sibelius specialist, but Von Karajan is better than you might think. (1959) Finlandia. Philharmonia.Orchestra.(1958) Valse Triste Philharmonia Orchestra (1953) Symphony No 4. Philharmonia Orchestra. (1955)Tapiola Philharmonia orchestra. (1955) Symphony No 6. Philharmonia orchestra. (1955) Symphony no 7. (1958) RESPIGHI: Pini di Roma.(1953) DEBUSSY: La Mer.(1953) Philharmonia orchestra. RAVEL: Rhapsodie Espagnole. (1954)LIVE. DEBUSSY: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE. Haefliger, Schwarzkopf, Roux, Sciutti. Orchestra Sinfonia e Coro di Roma della RAI. A quick, highly charged version of the piece, so unlike his later work from 1965 onwards. (1960) BARTOK: STEREO. Music for string instruments,percussion and Celeste.Berlin Phil. (1952) Concerto for orchestra. Philharmonia orchestra. KODALY: (1952)Hary Janos : Suite. Philharmonia Orchestra.(1954) LIVE. Piano concerto No 3. Geza Anda- Piano. orchestra di torino della RAI. STRAVINSKY: (1952) Jeux de Cartes (Ballet in three deals) Philharmonia Orchestra. HINDEMITH: (1957).Symphony "Mathias the painter". OEDIPUS REX. (1952)Gedda, Laszlo, Petri, Orchestra sinfonica e coro di roma della RAI.

BOX 11: J.S BACH. (1952) Mass in B Minor BWV 232. Schwarzkopf, Hoffgen, Gedda, Rehfuss, Philharmonia Orchestra. GLUCK: ORFEO ED EURIDICE. (1959) STEREO.LIVE. Simionato, Jurinac, Sciutti, Vienna Philharmonic.HANDEL: (1959) Water music. Berlin Philharmonic.

BOX 12: GOUNOD: ( 1951-1959) MONO & STEREO. Faust. Ballet Music. PONCHIELLI: La Gioconda. Dance of the Hours. VERDI La traviata. Prelude to Act 3. BIZET: Carmen prelude to Act 4. PUCCINI: Manon Lescaut. Intermezzo. MASSENET: Thais. Meditation. MASCAGNI: Cavalleria Rusticana.Intermezzo. L' Amico Fritz Intermezzo. LEONCAVALLO I Pagliacci Intermezzo. SCHMIDT: Intermezzo. Philharmonia orchestra. (1958-1960) MONO & STEREO. OFFENBACH: Gaite Parisienne. Orphee aux Enfers. WALDTEUFEL: Les Patineurs. VON SUPPE: Light cavalry overture. Philharmonia orchestra. JOHANN STRAUSS: Die Fledermaus ballet music.Vienna Philharmonic. (1960) STEREO) JOHANN STRAUSS: Artists Life. Wine, Women and song. Viennese blood. CHABRIER: Espana. JOHANN STRAUSS:Tales from the Vienna Woods. Thunder and Lightning. Radetzsky March. Artist's life. Emperor waltz. Philharmonia orchestra. DIE FLEDERMAUS.(1955) Schwarzkopf, Streich, Gedda, Kunz, Donch, Philharmonia Orchestra and chorus."The singing is endlessly delightful. The recording has great freshness and clarity". "Karajan is very good in this light music."

The END. I hope you enjoy this set as much as I have.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Order the official remastered editions, 8 Jun 2014
This review is from: Herbert Von Karajan: Complete 1938-1960 Collection (Audio CD)
Don't order this set. You can, with the £ 90 this set costs, buy three or four smaller sets of the recently released collection "Karajan Official Remastered Edition" with performances from the same period. It is a much better choice. This set means quantity whilst the remastered editions mean quality. You could also get the whole remastered sets comprising this period. You will spend more but will get about 60 cds with sound "fully remastered in 24-bit/96kHz from the original tapes".

About this set:

The box looks better and more elegant "in person" than on the photo.

It is very well organised and cds are distributed in 12 boxes according to the music.
Box 2, for example, has Beethoven (11 cds). It makes much easier to find what you are looking for.
Box sets such as Rubinstein's ( 144 discs ) and Jascha Heifetz (103 discs), both with more than 100 cds, would really benefit from this idea.
Try to find a cd on Rubinstein's box set...The numbers on the sleeves are smaller than tiny and if you misplace a cd then
good luck finding it again.

Going back to Karajan's set : The box itself is strong but the smaller boxes inside
are not. There is a 40 pages only booklet with an essay that reads more like advertisement than a critical essay.
The cds have a track listing on the back of the case but there are no complete track listing on paper.
For that you will need to use the cdrom that is part of the box set. It is compatible with mac.
The cd rom has a detailed track listing and nothing else. No notes, no nothing.

The sound, in many cds, is not very good. I didn't listen to all of them but I doubt it that any of the cds will have an impressive sound.
The performances, of course, are extraordinary but a better sound would certainly make for a better listening experience.

I compared, for example, Bach's Mass in B minor from this box set with a 1999 cd, not remastered, from EMI.
I don't like EMI's sound and think that Decca and DG, for example, are better. Despite of that, the sound of the EMI cd is clearly better
than the sound of this box's cd. Incidentally, EMI remastered that 1999 cd what makes me wonder how much better the new EMI cd will be than
the cd from this box set.

I guess that the main value of this box set is as a collection of Karajan's first two decades.

It could be better, considering the importance of the conductor. I noticed that many reviewers recommend cds of inferior quality just because they are a bargain.
There is a saying : Saving at the wrong end. I would rather pay more and have a better quality box set that I will use for many years than buy classical music cds
just because a cd costs less than a pound.

I couldn't find information about the label but I understand it is a small company from Hamburg.
They are not Sony so I wouldn't expect them to produce high quality cds of old recordings but couldn't they, at least,
had a complete track listing on a booklet, essays on any form ( booklet, cd rom, link to website)
and stronger boxes for the cds ? Why they didn't do that?

Considering that they didn't , I am not sure if this box is worth ordering or not. If you order this box set you will have quantity, not quality.
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