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Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker – Puccini: Madama Butterfly (1974/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker – Puccini: Madama Butterfly (1974/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:50:00 minutes | 2,49 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front cover | © Decca Music Group Ltd.

A 1974 recording of Puccini’s classic opera Madama Butterfly, one of the most-performed operas in the world. Herbert von Karajan conducts The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with a compelling Mirella Freni in the title role, up-and-coming superstar Luciano Pavarotti as Pinkerton, Christa Ludwig as Suzuki and Robert Kerns as Sharpless.

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Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker – Puccini: La Boheme (1972/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker – Puccini: La Bohème (1972/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:50:00 minutes | 2,05 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front cover | © Decca Music Group Ltd.

The role of Rodolfo from Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème launched Luciano Pavarotti’s career in 1961 when he made his professional debut in a small regional production in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He would revisit the role several times over his career, including this 1972 album considered to be one of the finest versions of La Bohème ever recorded. Equally impressive here is Pavarotti’s childhood friend Mirella Freni as Mimi. Conductor Herbert von Karajan proves himself a masterful, sensitive interpreter of Puccini as he leads the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Herbert von Karajan – Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Pelléas und Mélisande (1974/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Herbert von Karajan – Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Pelléas und Mélisande (1974/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:13:25 minutes | 1,38 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Arnold Schoenberg is best known as an atonal modernist, but before he made the 12-tone Faustian bargain, he was a Viennese late romantic. These two works are from his early romantic period, and they are wonderful. Both are programmatic works. Verklärte Nacht is based on a poem describing a woman’s late night confession to her lover that she bears a child from another man, and his acceptance and forgiveness. Pelleas und Melisande is based on a play describing an illicit love affair, somewhat similar to the story of Francesca da Rimini. But the stories don’t really matter because the music is so lovely. This style is firmly within von Karajan’s wheelhouse, and his performance doesn’t disappoint. If you love Mahler and Strauss and fin de siècle orchestral decadence, you will enjoy this.

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Gundula Janowitz, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan – Richard Strauss – Four Last Songs; Orchestral Works (1995/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Richard Strauss – Four Last Songs; Orchestral Works – Gundula Janowitz, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (1995/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:17:07 minutes | 1,39 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: 1969-1973, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany & Franzosische Kirche, St. Moritz, Switzerland

Recorded between 1969 and 1972, this celebrated Strauss album from Herbert von Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker includes what is still widely considered the benchmark version of the Four Last Songs, sung by Austrian soprano Gundula Janowitz. The centrepiece of the programme is coupled with Karajan’s glowing account of Strauss’s tone poem Tod und Verklärung and the late Metamorphosen. Janowitz’s ethereal performances of these most famous of orchestral songs written for soprano have challenged all comers for decades.

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Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan – Strauss R.: Ein Heldenleben – Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan – Strauss R.: Ein Heldenleben – Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:05:26 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Herbert von Karajan (German: [‘hbt fn ‘karajan] (About this soundlisten); born Heribert Ritter[a] von Karajan; 5 April 1908 – 16 July 1989) was an Austrian conductor. He was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 34 years. During the Nazi era, he debuted at the Salzburg festival, with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, and during the Second World War he conducted at the Berlin State Opera. Generally regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, he was a controversial but dominant figure in European classical music from the mid-1950s until his death. Part of the reason for this was the large number of recordings he made and their prominence during his lifetime. By one estimate, he was the top-selling classical music recording artist of all time, having sold an estimated 200 million records.

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Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan – Strauss R. – Don Quixote – Horn Concerto No.2 (1988/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan – Strauss R. – Don Quixote – Horn Concerto No.2 (1988/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:04:05 minutes | 1,14 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

The best recording of Don Quixote I’ve ever heard, and this work has had some fine recordings. Karajan, always a superb Strauss conductor, shapes a coherent narrative such that one’s attention never flags. The conductor, orchestra, and recording combine to make the contributions of various instruments clear and telling. Indeed, the sound must be close to peerless. Especially noteworthy is the clear separation between orchestra and the two solo instruments, cello and violin. Often despite the best efforts of performers and engineers, those solos get lost in the orchestral sound. Not here. Such splendid perfomances as Kempe and Previn remain joys to listen to, Previn’s especially with rich, luscious sound. But no recording I’ve heard gets everything so right as this magnificent recording.

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Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan – Brahms – 8 Hungarian Dances – Dvorak : 5 Slavonic Dances (1995/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan – Brahms – 8 Hungarian Dances – Dvorak : 5 Slavonic Dances (1995/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 57:05 minutes | 1,09 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Herbert von Karajan (German: [‘hɛɐbɛɐt fɔn ˈkaraˌjan] (About this soundlisten); born Heribert Ritter[a] von Karajan; 5 April 1908 – 16 July 1989) was an Austrian conductor. He was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 34 years. During the Nazi era, he debuted at the Salzburg festival, with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, and during the Second World War he conducted at the Berlin State Opera. Generally regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, he was a controversial but dominant figure in European classical music from the mid-1950s until his death. Part of the reason for this was the large number of recordings he made and their prominence during his lifetime. By one estimate, he was the top-selling classical music recording artist of all time, having sold an estimated 200 million records.

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Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan – Beethoven – 9 Symphonies (1963) (2014/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan – Beethoven – 9 Symphonies (1963) (2014/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 05:32:55 minutes | 6,26 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Beethoven’s nine symphonies were recorded by Herbert von Karajan in 1961-1962 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – of which he became permanent conductor in 1955 to replace Wilhelm Furtw”angler – and released on the DG label in 1963. 1963 October 15, Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic played Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the inaugural concert of the Berlin Philharmonie.

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Herbert Von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Christian Ferras – Sibelius – Violin Concerto; Finlandia; Tapiola (1965/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Herbert Von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Christian Ferras – Sibelius – Violin Concerto; Finlandia; Tapiola (1965/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/192kHz | Time – 01:02:55 minutes | 1,85 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

“Die Musik von Sibelius l”asst sich nicht vergleichen oder in eine Schublade stecken. Sie ist wie ein Meteorit, der vom Himmel fiel.” (Herbert von Karajan)

“Meine Musik hat nichts, absolut nichts von Zirkus; was ich zu bieten habe, ist klares, kaltes Wasser.” (Jean Sibelius)

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Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert Von Karajan – Sibelius – Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6; The Swan of Tuonela (1994/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert Von Karajan – Sibelius – Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6; The Swan of Tuonela (1994/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/192kHz | Time – 01:08:08 minutes | 2,39 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Stimmungsvoll: Vermutlich war kein anderer Dirigent ein besserer Anwalt f”ur die Werke von Jean Sibelius als Herbert von Karajan. Mit den sieben Sinfonien und Kompositionen wie Finlandia, der Karelia-Suite und Valse Triste war und ist Jean Sibelius der angesehenste und bekannteste finnische Komponist aller Zeiten.

Stereophile beschrieb die Sibelius-Aufnahmen von Karajan als “grossartig, musikalisch nat”urlich […] mit einigen der tiefsten, fettesten B”asse und dem reichsten, w”armsten Orchesterklang, der seit vielen Jahren auf Platte aufgezeichnet worden ist.”

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