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Wiener Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Bohm – Beethoven: Symphony No.6 “Pastoral” – Schubert: Symphony No.5 (2015/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Wiener Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Bohm – Beethoven: Symphony No.6 “Pastoral” – Schubert: Symphony No.5 (2015/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:14:05 minutes | 1,31 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

For many music lovers, this is the most purely beautiful performance of Beethoven’s most purely beautiful symphony ever recorded. The playing of the Vienna Philharmonic is the last word in gorgeousness-the woodwind chords chime with such purity that they practically glow with an inner light. But it’s not a self-indulgent interpretation at all: the storm rages as violently as anyone has a right to expect, and Karl B”ohm keeps the music moving along impulsively, always highlighting the symphonic strength of Beethoven’s musical argument. What makes the recording even more special is a Schubert Fifth with exactly the same qualities. Someone at DG clearly knows where the treasures are buried. A great disc. -David Hurwitz

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Karl Bohm, Berliner Philharmoniker – Mozart: Die Zauberflote (1964) [Japan 2016] 2xSACD ISO + FLAC

Karl Bohm, Berliner Philharmoniker – Mozart: Die Zauberflote (1964) [Japan 2016]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 02:27:11 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 5,92 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 3,01 GB

This is a very satisfying account of ‘Die Zauberflöte‘, principally on account of Böhm’s handling of the score. He inspires the Berlin Philharmonic to convey a Masonic ‘gravitas’ which is in keeping with the philosophy of Enlightenment Reason which lurks behind the pantomime elements of this unusual work. You will certainly find deliberate speeds here, which may not be to your taste if you like fleet, revisionist, original-instrument Mozart. Vocally it’s the women in this recording that have had a bad press: but Evelyn Lear has some lovely tones in her voice even if there are occasions when Pamina’s music presents her with challenges. If you want perfection in this part, go for Janowitz on the Klemperer recording (but be warned, that has no dialogue). Similarly you may feel that Klemperer’s young Lucia Popp easily outclasses Roberta Peters as Queen of the Night. But Peters still has pin-point accuracy and presents Pamina’s mother as an icy, calculating customer. It’s all a matter of taste.

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Berliner Philharmoniker & Karl Bohm – Mozart: The Symphonies Vol. II (Remastered) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Berliner Philharmoniker & Karl Böhm – Mozart: The Symphonies Vol. II (Remastered) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 02:30:43 minutes | 5,24 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

One of the supreme musical geniuses and most loved composers of all time, Mozart wrote prolifically and excelled in every genre to which he turned his hand. His symphonies are among his greatest achievements, a consummate blend of dazzling invention and tender lyricism. Karl Böhm was one of the first conductors to set down on record his complete Mozart symphony cycle. His emphasis on rhythmic, textural and structural clarity are hallmarks of a Mozart style unaffected by fashion. Now Deutsche Grammophon collects his recordings with the Berliner Philharmoniker of the Mozart Symphonies. The HiRes edition “Karl Böhm – The Symphonies” contains selected symphonies by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms, which the great Austrian conductor recorded between 1959 and 1977 with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic.

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Berliner Philharmoniker & Karl Bohm – Mozart: The Symphonies Vol. I (Remastered) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Berliner Philharmoniker & Karl Böhm – Mozart: The Symphonies Vol. I (Remastered) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 02:33:50 minutes | 5,38 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

One of the supreme musical geniuses and most loved composers of all time, Mozart wrote prolifically and excelled in every genre to which he turned his hand. His symphonies are among his greatest achievements, a consummate blend of dazzling invention and tender lyricism. Karl Böhm was one of the first conductors to set down on record his complete Mozart symphony cycle. His emphasis on rhythmic, textural and structural clarity are hallmarks of a Mozart style unaffected by fashion. Now Deutsche Grammophon collects his recordings with the Berliner Philharmoniker of the Mozart Symphonies. The HiRes edition “Karl Böhm – The Symphonies” contains selected symphonies by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms, which the great Austrian conductor recorded between 1959 and 1977 with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic.

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Karl Bohm – Wagner – Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90 (1966/2017/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Karl Böhm – Wagner – Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90 (1966/2017/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 04:07:08 minutes | 5,02 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Captured live at Bayreuth, here’s a Tristan that seethes with passion. Böhm is magnificent in the pit, dramatic and vital, and Windgassen and Nilsson are quite simply glorious in the title roles.

“…the performance glowes with intensity from beginning to end, carried through in the longest spans. Birgit Nilsson sings the Liebestod at the end of the long evening as though she was starting out afresh, radiant and with not a hint of tiredness, rising to an orgasmic climax and bringing a heavenly pianissimo on the final rising octave” (Penguin Guide)

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Karl Bohm – Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 39-41 (Remastered) (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Karl Böhm – Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 39-41 (Remastered) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:17:06 minutes | 779 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Archipel

Mozart composed some fifty symphonies, if we include works he adapted from opera overtures or serenades by adding movements or taking them away. The first dates from 1764-5, at the time of his childhood visit to London, and most are early works, quite short. Many are associated with his boyhood travels (his first trip to Italy in 1769-71, for instance) but his most prolific period as a symphonist was between 1771 and 1774 when, in Salzburg, he wrote no fewer than seventeen. A few of these are familiar to modern audiences, in particular those in G minor, K183, and A major, K201, numbered 25 and 29 in the familiar numbering system. After 1781, when he settled in Vienna, he wrote only six more, and the first two of these—the ‘Haffner’ (K385) and ‘Linz’ (K425)—were, as their names imply, designed initially for performance outside Vienna (the Haffner family were friends of the Mozarts in Salzburg). The ‘Prague’ Symphony, though performed in that city, actually had its premiere in Vienna.

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Karl Bohm, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – Schubert: Symphony No. 5; Mozart: Symphony No. 33 (1966/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/352,8kHz]

Karl Bohm, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – Schubert: Symphony No. 5; Mozart: Symphony No. 33 (1966/2015)
Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo (tracks) 24-bit/352,8 kHz | Time – 50:25 minutes | 2,69 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © High Definition Tape Transfers

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Berliner Philharmoniker & Karl Karl Bohm – Mozart: The Symphonies Vol. IV (Remastered) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Berliner Philharmoniker & Karl Böhm – Mozart: The Symphonies Vol. IV (Remastered) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 02:30:57 minutes | 5,25 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

One of the supreme musical geniuses and most loved composers of all time, Mozart wrote prolifically and excelled in every genre to which he turned his hand. His symphonies are among his greatest achievements, a consummate blend of dazzling invention and tender lyricism. Karl Böhm was one of the first conductors to set down on record his complete Mozart symphony cycle. His emphasis on rhythmic, textural and structural clarity are hallmarks of a Mozart style unaffected by fashion. Now Deutsche Grammophon collects his recordings with the Berliner Philharmoniker of the Mozart Symphonies. The HiRes edition “Karl Böhm – The Symphonies” contains selected symphonies by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms, which the great Austrian conductor recorded between 1959 and 1977 with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic.

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Berliner Philharmoniker & Karl Bohm – Mozart: The Symphonies Vol. III (Remastered) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Berliner Philharmoniker & Karl Böhm – Mozart: The Symphonies Vol. III (Remastered) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 02:28:18 minutes | 5,10 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

One of the supreme musical geniuses and most loved composers of all time, Mozart wrote prolifically and excelled in every genre to which he turned his hand. His symphonies are among his greatest achievements, a consummate blend of dazzling invention and tender lyricism. Karl Böhm was one of the first conductors to set down on record his complete Mozart symphony cycle. His emphasis on rhythmic, textural and structural clarity are hallmarks of a Mozart style unaffected by fashion. Now Deutsche Grammophon collects his recordings with the Berliner Philharmoniker of the Mozart Symphonies. The HiRes edition “Karl Böhm – The Symphonies” contains selected symphonies by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms, which the great Austrian conductor recorded between 1959 and 1977 with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic.

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Karl Bohm – Karl Bohm: The Early Years (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Karl Bohm – Karl Bohm: The Early Years (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 21:32:09 minutes | 18,8 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Warner Classics

The Austrian conductor Karl Bhm is one of the towering conductors of the 20th Century. As the embodiment of the long Austro-German musical tradition, he helped to write musical history. This 19-CD set assembles all the extant recordings he conducted for EMI (notably its German Electrola label) over the period 1935 to 1949 in Dresden, Berlin, Vienna and London includes a number of rarities and the world premiere release of a version of Mozart’s Serenata notturna recorded in Vienna in 1947. It was during these years that Bhm cemented his reputation as a major conductor of Austro-German repertoire. Collectors will also be pleased to know that this set contains all the recordings that featured in the now-iconic series of Dresden-themed LP boxes released by EMI to mark Bhm’s 85th birthday in 1979.

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