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Herbert Von Karajan. Beethoven. The Symphonies (6 SACD)

1-07-2014, 11:43
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Herbert Von Karajan. Beethoven. The Symphonies (6 SACD)

Artist:Herbert Von Karajan
Title Of Album: Beethoven. The Symphonies (6 SACD)
Year Of Release: 1963
Label: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Genre : Classical
Quality: Conversion of SACD (multi-channel music) , Audio Codec: FLAC
Bitrate: Lossless
Total Time: 06:03:49
Total Size: 1,70 GB
WebSite: Amazon

Herbert Von Karajan. Beethoven. The Symphonies (6 SACD)

I've never fully heard these recordings in any previous incarnation, so can't comment on improvements in the CD layer (of the 3 CD issues, the middle one, in DG's Beethoven Edition is the only one with Original Image Bit-Processing).

I am not really a 'Kara-fan', certainly not in Beethoven although I do enjoy his digital Leonore III Overture - I feel Karajan is at his finest in Sibelius and Richard Strauss, particularly his 1960s DG recordings.

For this set I started with the Eroica and did compare the SACD (stereo only of course) with the first CD incarnation of the cycle (in the maroon box). The old CD sounded fine with a full rich bass, but there is a definite gain in clarity and detail with the SACD layer. Slightly less bass perhaps, but this sound is more vivid and realistic, and sounds phenomenal considering its 40+ year age.

As an interpretation this Eroica gains in distinction as it progresses: the lack of the exposition repeat in the first movement is a snag, but after an intense Funeral March the last two movement are very compelling with wonderful hunting horns in the Scherzo. In fact the playing throughout is pretty stellar. This one ranks alongside Kleiber, Scherchen, Klemperer and Rattle - as well as my own favourite, Abbado's VPO recording on DG.

I found the SACD of the first 2 symphonies to have very slightly inferior sound and the orchestral sound is slightly more robust in scale than we are used to on modern recordings (but never bloated or overblown), and Karajan's interpretation of the First Symphony is not as compelling as the others - the performance is fairly genial, and the finale is relaxed, without the crispness and hint of tension that, say, Wand or Rattle bring to it in their fine recordings.

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Cineplanet   User offline   11 January 2015 15:20

The links are missing, all folders are empty 8 Fix them and Re-upload, please!

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