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Classical - Released January 1, 2014 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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 Furtwängler — 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. The first complete recording by the Austrian conductor — next will be the versions recorded between 1975-1977 (released in 1977, also a high-flying interpretation) and between 1982 and 1984 (released in 1985) — this version of 1963 remains the most inhabited on the whole. Technically remarkable, she is one of the great peaks of her discography. © Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 1, 1999 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Distinctions Diapason d'or - The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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 Furtwängler - 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. The first complete recording by the Austrian conductor — next will be the versions recorded between 1975-1977 (released in 1977, also a high-flying interpretation) and between 1982 and 1984 (released in 1985) — this version of 1963 remains the most inhabited on the whole. Technically remarkable, she is one of the great peaks of her discography. © Qobuz
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Full Operas - Released February 1, 2015 | Myto Historical

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - 4 étoiles Classica
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Classical - Released November 4, 2008 | INA Mémoire vive

Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique
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Opera - Released May 11, 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Opera - Released October 20, 2017 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Choc de Classica
« This magnificent 1956 recording, conducted with genius by Karajan and with a cast such as dreams are made of, has an unparalleled status and is unlikely to be challenged for many a year. » Gramophone« This remastering comes from the original analogue tapes and has been transferred at high resolution digital quality to capture the very best sound from the tapes. In consultation with the original engineer Chris Parker, we have slightly adjusted the balance of the Trio (in Act 3) to reflect the quality of sound that was desired but not achieved at the time of recording. This recording was originally made as a mono recording by Douglas Larter, with a stereo test version engineered by Chris Parker. It is this stereo test version which has been used for this remastering. Despite the early experimental nature of this new ‘stereo’ technology, this recording is captured in astonishingly vivid sound and is a testament to the experience, understanding and skill of both the musicians and engineers of the time.» Simon Gibson, Remastering Engineer at Abbey Road Studios 
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Classical - Released January 1, 1984 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Distinctions Gramophone Record of the Year
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Classical - Released January 1, 1981 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Distinctions Gramophone Record of the Year
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Classical - Released January 1, 2008 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released January 1, 1988 | Warner Classics

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Opera - Released June 27, 2014 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released January 1, 1989 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released September 14, 2004 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
' Nobody can do everything, joke and upset, provoke laughter and deep emotion, and all at the same time, like Joseph Haydn ...' said Mozart about his friend. The Creation is an example. Haydn spent a lot of time composing it — a year and a half of work — asking God to give him the strength to carry it out. He worked on the project to the point of exhaustion, and following the premiere he fell ill for a long time — he provided the explanation that he had done so much because 'he knew his composition would last a long time'. The first public performance conducted by Haydn himself was held in Vienna at the former Burgtheater on 19 March 1799 and was a resounding success. Today, many consider this act of his religious faith to be his greatest masterpiece. Now a reference version, this legendary recording from 1969, captured at the Jesus-Christus-Kirche in Berlin during rehearsals for the concerts planned at the Berlin Philharmonic, brings together many assets. First, a sovereign Wiener Singverein supported by Karajan's breath at his most inspired and great, which also radiates on all the sections of the Berlin Philharmonic where particularly sublime winds instruments rise. Then, equally best-in-class, the rare homogeneity of the quartet is as much to report as the remarkable individual vocal quality of the soloists : Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Walter Berry, and also Fritz Wunderlich... While the recording is almost finished, it is suddenly interrupted September 17, 1966 by the accidental death of the 35-year-old tenor (a fall on a staircase at a friend's house). Recording sessions will resume in 1968 and 1969 with young tenor Werner Krenn who will replace Fritz Wunderlich mainly for recitatives. (© Qobuz / GG)
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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released March 29, 2019 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released April 17, 2006 | Warner Classics

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Symphonic Music - Released May 24, 2016 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
Although best remembered for his devotion to the core Austro-Germanic repertoire, Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan did flirt with the English repertoire in the '50s and early '60s. There are EMI recordings of him leading the Philharmonia in Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Britten's Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge and rehearsal recordings of him leading the Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI di Roma in Walton's First Symphony. His last affair was this 1961 performance of Holst's The Planets with the Vienna Philharmonic. Recorded in bone-crushing -- but still deep and colorful -- sound by John Culshaw, Karajan's view of The Planets, like his view of Vaughan Williams and Britten, is decidedly superficial. This is not to say that his conducting is anything less than superb. Karajan was one of great technical virtuosos and he misses nothing in Holst's monumental score -- not the balances, not the details, not the colors, not the rhythms, nothing. But everything inside Holst's score is more or less missing: "Mars" has power but lacks point, "Venus" has beauty but lacks soul, "Mercury" has speed but lacks strength, "Jupiter" has weight but lacks humor, "Saturn" has mass but lacks fear, "Uranus" has muscle but lacks wit, and "Neptune" has carefully calculated gradations of dynamics but altogether lacks any sense of blissful departure into infinite space.
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Classical - Released January 1, 1989 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released January 1, 2008 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography