Herbert Von Karajan: The Complete 1980s Orchestral Recordings (78 CD Limited Edition)

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Herbert Von Karajan:
The Complete 1980s Orchestral Recordings
(78 CD Limited Edition)
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Richard Strauss
Anton Bruckner
Johann Strauss
Joseph Haydn
Release Date: December 9, 2014
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Anne−Sophie Mutter
Krystian Zimerman
Orchestras: Various
Label: Universal Music Classics
Number of discs: 78 − CD Limited Edition

Between 1980 and his death in 1989, Herbert von Karajan, in an enormous undertaking, recorded 78 CDs of orchestral and choral music for DGG (Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft).

In the final decade of his creative life, Karajan once again revisited some of the keystones of his repertoire, such as the Beethoven and Brahms symphonies, but also made quintessential recordings of major works he had never touched before.

Among the highpoints of Karajan’s late years is the major part of his collaboration with Anne−Sophie Mutter, the wunderkind Karajan discovered in the late 1970s and mentored throughout the 1980s.

Here massive renderings of Mozart’s and Verdi’s Requiems stand next to Karajan’s personal requiems: The famous 1987 New Year’s Concert and the farewell recordings of Bruckner 7 and Bruckner 8, where one can still experience how Karajan, struggling with his fading health, infused the music with contemplations about life and death.

The box contains the core of Karajan’s career as an orchestral conductor:

  • Full symphony cycles of Beethoven and Brahms
  • Haydn: Paris and London Symphonies
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4−6
  • The celebrated Brahms, Bruch, Mendelssohn & Tchaikovsky concerto recordings with Anne−Sophie Mutter
  • Karajan’s artistic testament: His final recordings of Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8
  • The famous New Year’s Concert of 1987
  • Karajan’s final take on the great works of Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensymphonie, Ein Heldenlebe, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Tod und Verklärung and many more
  • The legendary 1982 live recording of Mahler 9
  • Massive recordings of the Mozart and Verdi Requiems & Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis
  • Fascinating forays into a reserve of works that Karajan had not recorded before, including Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4
  • Three albums with recordings of Strauss waltzes, marches & polkas
  • 78 CDs of the original LPs, in their original cover art


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