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  • Audio CD (2 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 13
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00JDB4ASA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: I. Allegretto
  2. Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: II. Tempo andante, ma rubato
  3. Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: III. Vivacissimo
  4. Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: IV. Finale (Allegro moderato)
  5. Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82: I. Tempo molto moderato - Largamente - Allegro moderato - Presto
  6. Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82: II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
  7. Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82: III. Allegro molto - Un pochettino largamente

Disc: 2

  1. Finlandia, Op. 26
  2. Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63: I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
  3. Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63: II. Allegro molto vivace
  4. Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63: III. Il tempo largo
  5. Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63: IV. Allegro
  6. Symphony No. 5 in E flat, Op. 82: I. Tempo molto moderato - Largamente - Allegro moderato - Presto
  7. Symphony No. 5 in E flat, Op. 82: II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
  8. Symphony No. 5 in E flat, Op. 82: III. Allegro molto - Un pochettino largamente

Disc: 3

  1. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: I. Allegro molto moderato
  2. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: II. Allegretto moderato
  3. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: III. Poco vivace
  4. Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: IV. Allegro - Allegro assai
  5. Symphony No. 7 in C, Op. 105: Adagio - Vivacissimo
  6. Symphony No. 7 in C, Op. 105: Rallentando all'Adagio
  7. Symphony No. 7 in C, Op. 105: Allegro molto moderato - Allegro moderato -
  8. Symphony No. 7 in C, Op. 105: Presto - Adagio - Largamente molto - Affettuoso
  9. Tapiola, Op. 112

Disc: 4

  1. Finlandia, Op. 26
  2. Valse triste, Op.44 No. 1
  3. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: I. Introduction and Theme
  4. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: II. Variation 1 - Adagio
  5. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: III. Variation 2 - March
  6. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: IV. Variation 3 - Romance
  7. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: V. Variation 4 - Aria Italiana
  8. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op 10: VI Variation 5 - Bourree classique
  9. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: VII. Variation 6 - Wiener Waltzer
  10. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: VIII. Variation 7 - Moto perpetuo
  11. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: IX. Variation 8 - Funeral March
  12. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: X. Variation 9 - Chant
  13. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: XI. Variation 10 - Fugue and Finale
  14. Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
  15. Water Music Suite: I. Allegro
  16. Water Music Suite: II. Air
  17. Water Music Suite: III Bouree & Hornpipe
  18. Water Music Suite: IV. Andante espressivo
  19. Water Music Suite: V. Allegro deciso

Disc: 5

  1. Hary Janos Suite - Intermezzo
  2. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta: I. Andante tranquillo
  3. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta: II. Allegro
  4. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta: III. Adagio
  5. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta: IV. Allegro molto
  6. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta: III. Adagio [rehearsal sequence]
  7. Concerto for Orchestra: I. Introduzione: Andante non troppo - Allegro vivace
  8. Concerto for Orchestra: II. Giuoco delle cople: Allegretto scherzando
  9. Concerto for Orchestra: III Élegia: Andante non troppo
  10. Concerto for Orchestra: IV. Intermezzo interotto: Allegretto
  11. Concerto for Orchestra: V. Finale: Pesante - Presto

Disc: 6

  1. La scala di seta - overture
  2. L'italiana in Algeri - overture
  3. Il barbiere di Siviglia - overture
  4. La gazza ladra - overture
  5. Semiramide- overture
  6. Guillaume Tell - overture
  7. Guillaume Tell - Pas de trois et choeur tyrolien

Disc: 7

  1. Cavalleria Rusticana - Intermezzo
  2. L'Amico Fritz - Intermezzo
  3. Manon Lescaut - Act III Intermezzo
  4. I Pagliacci - Intermezzo
  5. La Gioconda - Dance of the Hours
  6. La traviata - Prelude to Act III
  7. Aida - Act II Ballet Music
  8. Don Carlos "Ella giammai m'amo"
  9. Don Carlos "Dormiro sol"
  10. Faust "Vous qui faites l'endormie"
  11. Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 53: I. Lento - Allegro con brio
  12. Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 53: II. Lento molto
  13. Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 53: III. Allegro scherzando
  14. Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 53: IV. Allegro molto

Disc: 8

  1. La traviata, Act 3: Prelude
  2. Aida, Act 2: Ballet Music
  3. La Gioconda, Act 3: Dance of the Hours
  4. I Pagliacci, Act 1: Intermezzo
  5. Manon Lescaut, Act 3: Intermezzo
  6. Cavalleria Rusticana - Intermezzo
  7. L'Amico Fritz, Act 2: Intermezzo
  8. The Pines of Villa Borghese (I pini di Villa Borghese): I. The Pines of Villa Borghese (I pini di Villa Borghese)
  9. The Pines of Villa Borghese (I pini di Villa Borghese): II. The Pines near a Catacomb (Pini presso una catacomba)
  10. The Pines of Villa Borghese (I pini di Villa Borghese): III. The Pines of the Janiculum (I pini del Gianicolo)
  11. The Pines of Villa Borghese (I pini di Villa Borghese): IV. The Pines of the Appian Way (I pini della Via Appia)
  12. Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphee aux enfers): Overture

Disc: 9

  1. Le Carnaval romain, Op. 9: Overture
  2. La Damnation de Faust - Hungarian March
  3. Les Troyens, Act 1: Royal Hunt & Storm
  4. Symphonie Fantastique, Op 14: Reveries - Passions: Largo - Allegro agitato e appassionato assai
  5. Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14: II. Un bal: Valse - Allegro non troppo
  6. Symphonie Fantastique, Op 14: III Scene aux champs: Adagio
  7. Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14: IV. Marche au supplice: Allegretto non troppo
  8. Symphonie Fantastique, Op 14: V Songe d'une nuit du sabbat: Larghetto - Allegro - Allegro assai - Allegro - Un peu retenu (Ronde du sabbat - animez un peu)

Disc: 10

  1. Carmen Suite No.1: Act IV - Entr'acte
  2. Carmen Suite No.1: Act III - Entr'acte
  3. Carmen Suite No.1: Act II - Entr'acte
  4. Carmen Suite No 1: Act I - Prelude
  5. L'Arlesienne Suite No 1: Prelude
  6. L'Arlesienne Suite No 1: Minuetto
  7. L'Arlesienne Suite No 1: Adagietto
  8. L'Arlesienne Suite No 1: Carillon
  9. L'Arlesienne Suite No 2: Pastorale
  10. L'Arlesienne Suite No 2: Intermezzo
  11. L'Arlesienne Suite No 2: Menuet
  12. L'Arlesienne Suite No 2: Farandole
  13. Espana
  14. Marche joyeuse
  15. Faust Ballet Music: No. 1 Les Nubiennes
  16. Faust Ballet Music: No. 2 Adagio
  17. Faust Ballet Music: No. 3 Allegretto - Danse antique
  18. Faust Ballet Music: No 4 Moderato maestoso - Variations de Cleopatre
  19. Faust Ballet Music: No. 5 Moderato con moto - Les Troyens
  20. Faust Ballet Music: No. 6 Allegretto -Variations du miroir
  21. Faust Ballet Music: No 7 Allegretto vivo - Danse de Phryne

Disc: 11

  1. La Mer: I De l'aube a midi sur la mer
  2. La Mer: II. Jeux de vagues
  3. La Mer: III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer
  4. Rapsodie espagnole: I Prelude a la nuit -
  5. Rapsodie espagnole: II Malaguena -
  6. Rapsodie espagnole: III Habanera -
  7. Rapsodie espagnole: IV. Feria
  8. Carmen: Act IV Prelude
  9. Espana
  10. Marche joyeuse
  11. Les Patineurs - Valse
  12. Les Contes d'Hoffmann - Barcarolle
  13. Orphee aux enfers - Overture
  14. Goyescas - Intermezzo
  15. Schwanda the Bagpiper - Polka

Disc: 12

  1. Gaite Parisienne: Overture (La Vie Parisienne)
  2. Gaite Parisienne: No 1 Allegro moderato (Mesdames de la Halle)
  3. Gaite Parisienne: No 2 Polka (Voyage dans la Lune)
  4. Gaite Parisienne: No 6 Éntree du Bresilien (La Vie Parisienne)
  5. Gaite Parisienne: No 8 Valse (Orphee aux enfers)
  6. Gaite Parisienne: No 9 Marche (Tromb-al-Cazar)
  7. Gaite Parisienne: No 10 Valse (La Vie Parisienne)
  8. Gaite Parisienne: No 11 Éntree du Bresilien
  9. Gaite Parisienne: No 12 Valse (Les Contes d'Hoffmann)
  10. Gaite Parisienne: No 13 Duel
  11. Gaite Parisienne: No 14 Valse (La Perichole)
  12. Gaite Parisienne: No 15 Prelude an Can-Can
  13. Gaite Parisienne: No 16 Can-Can Scene 1 (Orphee aux enfers, Robinson Crusoe)
  14. Gaite Parisienne: No 17 Can-Can Scene 2 (Orphee aux enfers)
  15. Gaite Parisienne: No 18 Can-Can Scene 3
  16. Gaite Parisienne: No 22 Can-Can (La Vie Parisienne)
  17. Offenbach orch Rosenthal: Gaite Parisienne: No 23 Barcarolle (Les Contes d'Hoffmann)
  18. Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Act 3: Barcarolle
  19. Les Patineurs Valse (The Skaters' Waltz), Op. 183
  20. Goyescas: Intermezzo
  21. Schwanda the Bagpiper: Polka
  22. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz. 106: I. Andante tranquilo
  23. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz. 106: II. Allegro
  24. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz. 106: III. Adagio
  25. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz. 106: IV. Allegro molto

Disc: 13

  1. Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, 'From the New World': I. Adagio - Allegro molto
  2. Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, 'From the New World': II. Largo
  3. Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, 'From the New World': III. Scherzo - Molto vivace
  4. Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, 'From the New World': IV. Allegro con fuoco
  5. Ma vlast: II Vltava
  6. Suite in G Major, HWV 350: I. Allegro
  7. Suite in G Major, HWV 350, 'Water Music'. 350: II. Air
  8. Suite in G Major, HWV 350, 'Water Music': III Bouree
  9. Suite in G Major, HWV 350, 'Water Music': IV. Hornpipe
  10. Suite in G Major, HWV 350, 'Water Music': V. Andante espressivo
  11. Suite in G Major, HWV 350, 'Water Music': VI. Allegro deciso

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ORCHESTRAL SPECTACULARS FROM HANDEL TO BARTÓK – 1949-1960
These recordings were made between 1949 and 1960, primarily in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra, although a number of items feature the Berlin Philharmonic. They take a richly varied musical tour of Europe and feature music closely identified with Karajan – such as the symphonies and tone poems of Sibelius and Debussy’s La Mer – large-scale showpieces such as Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, and a treasure trove of more unexpected repertoire, such as works by Handel, Chabrier, Granados, Roussel, Respighi, Kodály, Vaughan Williams and Britten. A special bonus is the presence of the great Bulgarian bass Boris Christoff in arias by Verdi and Gounod.
The Karajan Official Remastered Edition comprises 13 box sets containing official remasterings of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, and which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalogue.
For many, Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) – hailed early in his career as ‘Das Wunder Karajan’ (The Karajan Miracle) and known in the early 1960s as ‘the music director of Europe’ – remains the ultimate embodiment of the maestro. The release of the Karajan Official Remastered Edition over the first half of 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the conductor’s death in July 1989 at the age of 81.
He was closely associated with EMI for the majority of his recording career (specifically from 1946 to 1960 and then again from 1969 to 1984). EMI’s legendary producer Walter Legge sought him out in Vienna just after World War II and the long relationship that ensued embraced recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia (the orchestra founded by Legge), the Berlin Philharmonic (of which Karajan became ‘conductor for life’ in 1955), the forces of La Scala, Milan, and the Orchestre de Paris.
The Karajan Official Remastered Edition will feature primarily symphonic and choral music. The entire edition will comprise recordings remastered from the original sources in 24-bit/96kHz at Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most renowned recording studio.

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A big regret in a way in this boxset (the sixth one in the collection of Karajan's EMI recording remastered by Warner Classics) is its lack of consistency. It seems that everything that could not be put in the other box sets was compiled here. There is therefore not the consistency one could find in the previous releases (choral works, Beethoven, Russian music, concerti, Wiener Philharmoniker etc).
Some "sections" shall we say, are unqualified successes: All the Sibelius symphonies collected here are simply reference recordings and generated the admiration of the composer himself.
The beautiful tones of the Philharmonia are also marvelous in the Bartoks, and the sense of detail and transparency is incomparable, showing why the quality of this orchestra was so difficult to match at the time. Roussel's 4th symphony is also a reference recording, showing what Karajan's career could have been had he decided to continue exploring the contemporary repertoire.
Other sources of joy in this boxset are the Rossini overtures: completely idiomatic, fun, and compelling and a sublime, ample "La Mer".
I also found the very few recordings with the Berliner Philharmoniker extremely impressive: Dvorak's New World symphony is a stereo and atmospheric feast, Vlatva by Smetana is superb and the Water Music beats hands down the much more strained effort by the Philharmonia some years earlier.
And to be fair, after 1956 and when it is time for Karajan to re-record some of his early repertoire in stereo, his relationship with the Philharmonia has somewhat deteriorated, the conductor is now leading the Wiener Phil and the Berliner Phil on a full-time basis and the conductor's sound esthetics have changed.
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Karajan re-recorded most of this repertoire, but these are his sole recordings of:
Berlioz Le carnaval romain Overture + Royal Hunt and Storm -- Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge -- Handel Water Music Suite -- Roussel Symphony 3 -- Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Tallis
- plus lollipops by Chabrier (Marche joyeuse), Granados, Kodaly, Waldteufel and Weinberger.

Hard to believe, but for the first ten years after World War II, Herbert von Karajan was persona non grata in Berlin.
The post-war Berlin Philharmonic was dominated by Wilhelm Furtwangler and Sergiu Celibidache, both of whom despised Karajan.

Karajan spent ten years, 1946 to 1955, in Vienna and London, making LP records for EMI.
Walter Legge founded the Philharmonia Orchestra in London in 1945, planning to do without a principal conductor, but this proved impractical.
Herbert von Karajan took up the position (but not the title) from 1949 until 1955.

Wilhelm Furtwangler died in November, 1954.
Despite his prolonged absence from Berlin, Herbert von Karajan was elected Music Director of the Berlin Philharmonic in 1955,
a tribute to the critical (and financial) success of his Philharmonia Orchestra recordings, many of which are in this box.

Following this appointment, Karajan curtailed his activity in London, though he continued to make stereo recordings with the Philharmonia until 1960.
He started recording in Berlin in 1957.
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A treasure chest of early von Karajan recordings, the majority with that other institution, the Philharmonia orchestra, this set is rewarding to listen to even if you have other recordings in your collection and is great value for money. It was a pity however room was not found in the booklet for pictures of a number of lp sleeves for the period flavour but hunting around the internet will bring a good number up such as that for the UK Columbia issue of Sibelius's 4th Symphony.
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