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on 24 June 2015
A superb box-set. There is nothing in this box that would dissuade purchase. Karajan set the bar high, paid great care and attention in monitoring the recording process and correcting any "mistakes" that recording engineers or producers might make. Of course, producers and recording engineers would correct Karajan's "corrections"! The recording studio - in which he thrived - and the end product were just as important to Herbert von Karajan as his live concert performances.

This set of recordings allows an insight into one of the finest musical minds of the twentieth century. Karajan's formidable musical intelligence has been captured in these recordings which remain supreme examples of the art of conducting.
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on 21 January 2015
This is a marvelous original jackets collection of von Karajan's 1960s DG recordings which show the maestro at his interpretive peak before his fixation on precision robbed the music of its flow and passion. The presentation is excellent but even more so is the rich, remastered sound. One place where this presentation excels is that the thick book here has pages at the end of what musical selections are on which CD, something DG failed to do in the 1970s box. This set is listed as a "limited edition" and I don't know whether that's true or an ad gimmick so I recommend grabbing one while they're available.
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on 19 April 2017
Her we have a lott of great recordings. Karajan was one of the greatest conductor in our time.
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on 6 August 2014
This is a marvellous boxed set with each album lovingly reproduced in minature from the original vinyl sleeve. The range and quality of music here is astonishing and at just over £1 per disc, really good value. Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic were a fundamental influence in my love and exploration of classical music. The Beethoven and Brahms symphonies are particularly fine, but there is so much more to explore here. It's a real feast of wonderful music to enjoy. The box is beautifully packaged and includes a nice book with essays on Karajan and all the recording details of each disc. Highly recommended.
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on 16 September 2012
As a teenager, I used to drool over the original lp releases in my local classical record shop. Alas, as a 14 year old they were way beyond my pocket apart from special occasions. (For my 16th birthday my mother bought me Karajan's Tchaikovsky 5, Vivaldi 4 Seasons (with the wonderful Schwalbe as soloist, and a 3 disc box set of Mozart symphonies that had just been released). I was in seventh heaven!

Well, now, all these lps are within reach with original artwork (a magnifying glass does help in trying to read the print on the back though!) and superb sound. (And they don't get scratched or wear out either!)

For me, this set is a real trip down memory lane and I feel privileged to own it. A well-known record magazine points out that, adjusted for inflation, buying all the original lps would cost around £2,500 so it's a real bargain! The presentation is superb and very informative - this set is built to last!

I have to say that, IMHO, the sound quality is superb and shows that Karajan was not all about legato and smoothing out the harsh edges and that he could do 'punchiness' with the best of them. Try the Bruckner 9 to hear what I mean.

I can't wait for the 70's to come out!
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on 14 July 2012
I have really been enjoying listening to these recordings. E.g. the recording of Liszt's Rhapsodies is marvelous as it reverbrates throughout my house. Splendid! The major composers are all here in wonderful "Karajan" versions (if one likes Karajan of course).
This is a great collection for individuals wishing to get familiar with Karajan and/or the "warhorses" of classical music. Obviously "completists" will be thrilled to have access to this collection as well. Otherwise it is very likely that most of us have extreme overlaps with this collection considering the repertoire. The CDs range time wise from thirty minutes to more than an hour, but they are generally shorter as the goal is to replicate the original releases with album covers etc in a similar fashion to the RCA/Sony releases of Gould, Horowitz and Heifetz. Regardless, it is a bargain with 82 CDs for this price [July 2012]. Karajan aficionados will not be able to resist this collection. Buckle up for 80 hours of listening!!! If you enjoy classical music you owe it to yourself to experience these recordings. I hope you enjoy them immensely for many years to come!

BP= Berliner Philharmoniker

CD 1: [45:42] Strauss, R.: Ein Heldenleben, Op.40, BP
CD 2: [43:51] Brahms: Hungarian Dances / Dvorák: Slavonic Dances, BP
CD 3: [57:04] Liszt: Mazeppa; Hungarian Rhapsodies Nos.4&5; Fantasia on Hungarian Folk tunes, BP
CD 4: [55:58] Delibes: Coppélia, Suite / Chopin: Les Sylphides, BP
CD 5: [56:11] Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 - compl. by Franz Xaver Süssmayr, Wilma Lipp, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, Wolfgang Meyer, Wiener Singverein, Reinhold Schmid
CD 6: [56:27] Beethoven: Symphonies Nos.1 in C, Op.21 & 2 in D, Op.36, BP
CD 7: [50:07] Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 - "Eroica", BP
CD 8: [31:07] Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60, BP
CD 9: [31:25] Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67, BP
CD 10: [35:50] Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 - "Pastorale", BP
CD 11: [33:55] Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92, BP
CD 12: [42:53] Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" (Movements 1-3)
CD 13: [50:31] Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral" (Movement 4); Symphony No.8 in F, Op.93
Gundula Janowitz, Hilde Rössel Majdan, Waldemar Kmentt, Walter Berry, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Singverein, Reinhold Schmid
CD 14: [36:20] Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23, Richter, Wiener Philharmoniker
CD 15: [34:50] Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Revised version for Orchestra (1947), BP
CD 16: [45:17] Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74 - "Pathétique", BP
CD 17: [41:55] Dvorák: Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.9, BP
CD 18: [48:00] Debussy: La Mer; Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune / Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe - Suite No.2, BP
CD 19: [46:02] Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68, BP
CD 20: [41:01] Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73, BP
CD 21: [50:29] Brahms: Symphony No.3 in F, Op.90; Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a, BP
CD 22: [41:49] Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98, BP
CD 23: [41:24] Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op.77, Christian Ferras, BP
CD 24: [1:16:47] Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op.45, Eberhard Waechter, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, Wolfgang Meyer, Wiener Singverein, Reinhold Schmid
CD 25: [43:00] Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47; Finlandia, Op.26, Christian Ferras, BP
CD 26: [52:38] Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14, BP
CD 27: [51:46] Sibelius: Symphony No.5 in E flat, Op.82; Tapiola, Op.112, BP
CD 28: [43:51] Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63; The Swan of Tuonela, Op.22, No.2, BP
CD 29: [52:26] Bach, J.S.: Brandenburg Concertos Nos.1-3 (BWV 1046-1048), BP
CD 30: [58:20] Bach, J.S.: Brandenburg Concertos Nos.4-6 (BWV 1049-1051), BP
CD 31: [46:09] Bach, J.S.: Orchestral Suites Nos.2 & 3 (BWV 1067 & 1068), BP
CD 32: [55:05] Schubert: Symphony No.8 in B minor, D.759 - "Unfinished" / Beethoven: Overtures "Fidelio", Op.72c; "Leonore No.3", Op.72b & "Coriolan", Op.62, BP
CD 33: [41:14] Mozart: Symphonies Nos.29 & 33, BP
CD 34: [39:02] Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116, BP
CD 35: [54:38] Mozart: Serenade in G, K.525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"; Divertimento No.15 in B flat major, K.287, BP
CD 36: [47:58] Mozart: Divertimento in D, K.334, BP
CD 37: [44:09] Strauss, R.: Don Quixote, Op.35, BP
CD 38: [52:14] Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel / Ravel: Bolero, BP
CD 39: [59:42] Bruckner: Symphony No.9 in D minor, BP
CD 40: [55:06] Handel: Concerti grossi Op.6, Nos.5, 12 & 10, Michel Schwalbé, Hanns-Joachim Westphal, Ottomar Borwitzky, Karl Scheit, Friedrich Fischer, Edith Picht-Axenfeld, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
CD 41: [56:44] Mozart: Divertimenti Nos.11 in D, K.251 "Nannerl-Septett" & No.10 in F, K.247, BP
CD 42: [57:58] Strauss, J.: Waltzes, Polkas and Marches, BP
CD 43: [43:43] Sibelius: Finlandia, Op.26; Valse triste, Op.44; The Swan of Tuoneloa, Op.22, No.2; Tapiola, Op.112, BP
CD 44: [41:47] Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36, BP
CD 45: [48:44] Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64, BP
CD 46: [51:28] Shostakovich: Symphony No.10 in E minor, Op.93, BP
CD 47: [46:36] Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op.61, Ferras, BP
CD 48: [46:38] Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35, BP
CD 49: [42:28] Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15, Eschenbach, BP
CD 50: [52:48] Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op.35; Capriccio italien, Op.45, Ferras, BP
CD 51: [51:41] Beethoven: Mass in D, Op.123 "Missa Solemnis" (Part 1)
CD 52: [34:22] Beethoven: Mass in D, Op.123 "Missa Solemnis" (Part 2), Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Walter Berry, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, Josef Nebois, Michel Schwalbé, Wiener Singverein, Reinhold Schmid
CD 53: [39:02] Haydn: Die Schöpfung Hob. XXI:2 (Part 1)
CD 54: [1:09:58] Haydn: Die Schöpfung Hob. XXI:2 (Part 2), Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Walter Berry, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Singverein, Reinhold Schmid
CD 55: [46:36] Tchaikovsky: Overture "Solenelle 1812", Op.49; Slavonic March, Op.31; Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture, BP
CD 56: [52:18] Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C, Op.48; Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a, BP
CD 57: [50:10] Opera Intermezzi - Verdi, Mascagni, Puccini, Leoncavallo, Mussorgsky, Schmidt, Massenet, Giordano, Cilea, Wolf-Ferari, BP
CD 58: [52:24] Sibelius: Symphonies Nos.6 in D minor, Op.104 & 7 in C, Op.105, BP
CD 59: [44:17] Mozart: Serenata notturna in D, K.239; Divertimenti in D, K.136; B flat, K.137 & F, K.138, BP
CD 60: [49:25] Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83, Geza Anda, BP
CD 61: [45:55] Handel: Concerti grossi Op.6, Nos.6 in G minor; 4 in A minor & 2 in F major, BP
CD 62: [46:08] Handel: Concerti grossi Op.6, Nos.7 in Bb major; 3 in E minor & 9 in F major, BP
CD 63: [56:39] Liszt: Les Préludes; Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 / Smetana: Má Vlast (My Country), BP
CD 64: [56:31] Mozart: Horn Concertos Nos.1 in D, K.386b; 4 in E flat, K.495; 2 in E flat, K.417 & 3 in E flat, K.447, Gerd Seifer, BP
CD 65: [51:24] Rossini: String Sonatas Nos.1 in G major, 2 in C major; 3 in C major & 6 in D major, BP
CD 66: [43:30] Prokofiev: Symphony No.5 in B flat, Op.100, BP
CD 67: [51:32] Handel: Concerti grossi Op.6, Nos. 1 in G major; 8 in C minor & 11 in A major, BP
CD 68: [46:50] Schubert: Symphony No.9 in C, D.944 - "The Great", BP
CD 69: [1:00:19] Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104 / Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33, Rostropovich, BP
CD 70: [34:24] Beethoven: Wellington's Victory, Op.91; Military Music in D major WoO 24 etc., BP
CD 71: [47:24] Beethoven: Overtures "Leonore" Nos.1-3 & "Fidelio", BP
CD 72: [1:11:02] Beethoven: Overtures "The Creatures of Prometheus"; "King Stephen"; "The Ruins of Athens"; "Egmont", "Corliolan"; "Nameday" & "The Consecration of the House", BP
CD 73: [1:04:16] Strauss, J.: Waltzes, Polkas & Marches, BP
CD 74: [49:25] Suppé: Overtures, BP
CD 75: [1:03:38] Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz.106; Stravinsky: Apollon Musagète (1947 version), BP
CD 76: [56:04] Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K.546 / Beethoven: Grosse Fuge in B flat, Op.133 / Strauss, R.: Metamorphosen, BP
CD 77: [58:34] Honegger: Symphonies Nos.2 & 3, BP
CD 78: [47:01] Albinoni: Adagio for Strings and Organ in G minor / Pachelbel: Canon and Gigue in D major / Boccherini: Quintettino Op.30, No.6 / Respighi: Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite III, BP
CD 79: [46:21] Stravinsky: Symphony in C; Concerto in D for String Orchestra; Circus Polka, BP
CD 80: [37:01] Beethoven: "Egmont", Op.84, BP
CD 81: [45:06] Strauss, R.: Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra in B major; Horn Concerto No.2 in E flat, Lothar Koch, Norbert Hauptmann, BP
CD 82: [52:41] Bach, J.S.: Violin Concertos Nos.1 in A minor & 2 in E (BWV 1041-1042); Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043, Christian Ferras, Michel Schwalbé, BP
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on 8 September 2016
I've lived with this set for two years now and my respect has only grown over that time.

My father and I bought quite a lot of the vinyl discs as they came out. It has to admitted that the Handel, Mozart, Albinoni et al was never "authentic" and these will be very much a matter of personal taste. The only real surprise was the Beethoven Piano Concerto No 1 with Eschenbach. I loved the energy of this performance on LP, but now it sounds very heavy, compared to, say, Paul Lewis. On the other hand, the Johann Strauss, the Opera intermezzi and the Suppe overtures are as adorable as ever.

The Beethoven and Brahms still sound very well, and I think that the Honneger, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Sibelius, Rimsky-Korsakov, Liszt and Tchaikovsky items deserve to be considered definitive. The Richard Strauss recordings strike me as unbeatable and other items - Stravinsky's Apollon Musagete and Debussy's La Mer are a sort of miracle.

The unsung star of the set must be the Jesus-Christus Church in Berlin. Has there ever been a better recording location, with a perfect blend of clarity and warmth? I combined the 2 Liszt cds (cd 3 and cd 63) into one MP3 file and there was no way of knowing that they were recorded 10 years apart.

Major drawbacks? Very few. The most irritating is messy track information embedded in the discs. This must be the first Missa Solemnis in history where the Agnus Dei apparently precedes the Credo. The music plays in the right order, but the track information is all over the place. If you know what you are doing the disc can be re-programmed (and the booklet gets it right).

All in all I cannot think of a better introduction to a huge proportion of the core repertoire.

Chris Rouse
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on 17 June 2012
I bought the Karajan 60 set while on holiday in China during October 2011. My edition came with a different booklet to the set available in the West, and it seems to imply that the set was originally intended for the far-easten (Korean?) market only. My booklet says Made in Korea, and the disc labels have the large DGG Tulip motif over the whole area, rather than the 'DG Originals' mini LP type design (with centre label and record grooves) found in the Western set. The Karajan 60 project was originally conceived by someone called Earl Ilho Lee, who writes a long essay on Karajan in the booklet - omitted from the Western set. Lee believes Karajan's conducting was at its peak during the '60s, but started to lose its edge in the '70s. By the '80s, he opines, HvK could no longer control the orchestra! He bases this on comparisons of scherzo movements between the three DG Beethoven cycles. Loss of control? He obviously never listened to Karajan's Parsifal, or the live Mahler 9. Another little gem occurs on page 91, where (talking about Walter Legge recruiting Karajan for his Columbia/EMI roster of artistes in the 1940s) Lee describes Karajan as 'desperate and in needs (sic) of jobs as he was convicted as a war criminal'. Nice! Anyway, now DG themselves have released Karajan 60 in the West with a new booklet, let's hope they'll soon release Karajan 70 and Karajan 80 sets to form a complete edition. Of course, Mr Lee won't want to buy them, but I'm sure lots of true Karajan fans will snap them up.
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on 18 February 2015
Product is fine, but it took 5 weeks before the mailman arrived.
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on 24 January 2015
Excellent box set,great sound quality and good comprehensive notes in accompanying booklet - only criticism would be that the cd notes were bigger and easier to read.
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