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5.0 out of 5 stars At last, 6 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Beethoven: Symphonies & Overtures 1951-1955 (Karajan Official Remastered Edition) (Audio CD)
This beautiful set had been massacred by EMI engineers in 2008 and they had suppressed a good half of the music with their zealous interference.
With this new remastering, we are back to the essence of this beautiful set and the magnificent tone of the Philharmonia Orchestra is for all to hear.
I will not dwell on every symphony individually but it is easy to be impressed by the way the new mastering offers us a lot of transparency, enabling each instrument to be well-identified and to sing freely. The dynamics are beautiful and Karajan's movement is superb here. Rhythmically, this is probably the most satisfactory of all Karajan sets and the Philharmonia really sings with its conductor. Never has it been more obvious than in this remastering.
My personal favs here are 1, 2, 3, 5 & 7.
9 is really good but can't quite beat the 1947 recording with Vienna - more emotional. 4 is too slow for my taste while 6 will remain a problem for Herr K throughout his career.
As a bonus CD, Warner offers us the stereo mix of the 9th: an abomination! The sound is muffled, dry and is really confined. It is good EMI stuck with the Mono mix in the first place. EMI was unbeatable for the qualities of its mono recordings in the 1950s but was really behind DG and DECCA at the time as far as Stereo was concerned.

In any case, buy this set, now the reference for this beautiful complete Beethoven series by a young Herbert von Karajan: hear the conductor and his musicians dance, like never before (or after for that matter).
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Initial post: 19 Jul 2015, 09:21:36 BST
Last edited by the author on 19 Jul 2015, 09:24:30 BST
Zaccypoo says:
Just a comment about EMI and stereo. An EMI engineer called Alan Blumlein developed stereo in the early 1930's and made a few test recordings with a dance band and Beecham and his LPO. Due to the depression the work was shelved,but EMI had everything ready for a stereo system.
When Decca did research into stereo in the early 1950's they discovered that EMI had patented most of the elements required. During the 1950's EMI began stereo recording in 1955 the year after Decca. RCA in America had recorded Cantelli and the NBC symphony in stereo in 1954. The difference between Decca and EMI stereo was that Decca made strident recordings and EMI made more natural sounding ones using a simplet mike set up.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2016, 22:32:02 BST
Last edited by the author on 15 Sep 2016, 22:33:38 BST
Paul B says:
Considering how early it was recorded, the stereo ninth sounds just fine to me. I certainly don't hear 'muffled'. The balance is a bit off, but I've heard worse recordings from a few years after this was done. The engineers have excelled themselves. Who would have thought these could sound so good? Beecham next please.
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