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Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’; Bedrich Smetana: Die Moldau – Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’; Bedrich Smetana: Die Moldau – Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 54:08 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Warner Classics
Recorded: #1-4 – 1957, #5 – 1958, Grunewaldkirche, Berlin

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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Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto – Sviatoslav Richter, Stanislaw Wislocki, Herbert von Karajan (1959/63/95/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto – Sviatoslav Richter, Stanislaw Wislocki, Herbert von Karajan (1959/63/95/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 01:11:02 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: #1-3: Warsaw, Philharmonie on 26th to 28th April 1959; #4-6: Vienna, Musikvereins-Saal on 24th to 26th September 1962

These two performances by Grammy-winning Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter are now considered reference versions of the Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky concertos. Recorded in 1959 and 1962 respectively. Stanislaw Wislocki leads the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra on the Rachmaninov; Herbert von Karajan and Wiener Symphoniker accompany Richter on the Tchaikovsky.

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Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan – Brahms: The Four Symphonies (1965/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan – Brahms: The Four Symphonies (1965/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:40:42 minutes | 3,02 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Originally released in 1965, this Deutsche Grammophon digital transfer sees the legendary team of the Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan perform all four of Brahms’s symphonies. This was their first recording of the cycle together and is a testament to their unique and extremely rich interpretations of this Romantic master’s orchestral works.

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Herbert von Karajan & Philharmonia Orchestra – Karajan conducts Respighi, Berlioz & Liszt (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Herbert von Karajan & Philharmonia Orchestra – Karajan conducts Respighi, Berlioz & Liszt (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:25 minutes | 972 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Warner Classics International

The Karajan Official Remastered Edition contains official remastering of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalog.

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 conductors 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). EMIs 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), La Scala, Milan, and the Orchestre de Paris.

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Karajan in Paris – Bizet, Chabrier, Gounod, Berlioz – Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Karajan in Paris – Bizet, Chabrier, Gounod, Berlioz – Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 45:56 minutes | 819 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Warner Classics
Recorded: 1978, 1979 at Philharmonie, Berlin

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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Ottorino Respighi – The Pines of Rome – Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ottorino Respighi – The Pines of Rome – Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 48:25 minutes | 972 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz  | Booklet, Front Cover | © Warner Classics
Recorded: 1958, Kingsway Hall, London

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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Igor Stravinsky: Jeu de Cartes / Albert Roussel: Symphony No. 4 – Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Igor Stravinsky: Jeu de Cartes / Albert Roussel: Symphony No. 4 – Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 46:30 minutes | 403 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Warner Classics

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.

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

Richard Strauss – Ein Heldenleben; Richard Wagner – Siegfried-Idyll – Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:05:26 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: March 1959, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany; March 1977, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany

This reissue combines a pair of classic performances from Herbert von Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker spanning almost two decades. The tone poem Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss is a 1959 recording while Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll dates back to 1977.

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Richard Strauss – Four Last Songs; Orchestral Works – Gundula Janowitz, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (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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Richard Strauss – Also sprach Zarathustra; Till Eulenspiegel; Don Juan; Salome’s Dance Of The Seven Veils – Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Richard Strauss – Also sprach Zarathustra; Till Eulenspiegel; Don Juan; Salome’s Dance Of The Seven Veils – Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:19:11 minutes | 1,39 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: 1972-1973, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany

Herbert von Karajan’s 1973 recording with the Berlin Philharmonic is so immovably etched upon the collective consciousness that this comparative essay feels almost redundant – why would you not want a part of this slice of history? When Karajan went for a remake in 1983, again with the BPO, the fire had snuffed itself out: textures and dynamics are homogenised and inertia hangs heavy. Karajan’s 1959 dummy run with the Vienna Philharmonic (the recording Kubrick plundered) is very much work-in-progress. With more patches than the cloakroom of a Mayfair gentlemen’s club – and with the organ part inelegantly dropped on later – this grimly determined reading is heavy going.

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