The Very Best of Herbert von Karajan

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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Serenade no 13 in G, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"
>     1. Allegro
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for flute & harp in C, K 299
>     2. Andantino [Excerpt]
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : German Dances (3), K 605
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat, K 495
>     3. Rondo
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
>     1. Molto allegro
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 104 in D "London"
>     3. Menuetto
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Triple Concerto in D, Op. 56
>     2. Largo
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
>     1. Allegro con brio
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
>     4. Ode to Joy [Excerpt]
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 "From the New World"
>     2. Largo [Opening]
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat, Op. 82
>     3. Allegro molto - Largamente assai
>Strauss, Richard : Don Quixote, Op. 35
>     2. Theme
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>     2. Adagio sostenuto [Opening]
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
>     3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Morgenblätter, Op. 279
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schonen blauen Donau, waltz
>     [Excerpt]
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24
>     Marche hongroise
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : España, rhapsody for orchestra (also vers. for 2 pianos)
>Smetana, Bedrich : Vltava (Ma vlast)
>     [Excerpt]
>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema
>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11
>     1. Intermezzo
>     2. Alla marcia
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116
>     4. Intermezzo interrotto
>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>     Intermezzo
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake
>     Act 2. Scene
>     Act 2. Dance of the Little Swans
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty
>     Act 1. Valse
>     Act 1. Rose Adagio
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>     Act 3. Prelude
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>     Act 2. Scene 2. Gloria all'Egitto -
>     Act 2. Scene 2. Triumphal March -
>     Act 2. Scene 2. Vieni, o guerriero vindice

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Serenade no 13 in G, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for flute & harp in C, K 299
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : German Dances (3), K 605
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat, K 495
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 104 in D "London"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Triple Concerto in D, Op. 56
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 "From the New World"
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat, Op. 82
>Strauss, Richard : Don Quixote, Op. 35
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Morgenblätter, Op. 279
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schonen blauen Donau, waltz
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : España, rhapsody for orchestra (also vers. for 2 pianos)
>Smetana, Bedrich : Vltava (Ma vlast)
>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema
>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116
>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
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Notes & Reviews:

His name became synonymous with the best in orchestral music and his legacy of outstanding recordings is enormous. This selection can give just a taste of some of his best and most characteristic performances, beginning with pieces by the masters of the Classical era: Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, including extracts from Mozart's much-loved 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' and two of Beethoven's most powerful symphonies: Nos 5 and 9. The composers of the Romantic period heard here include Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, Richard Strauss, Rachmaninov and Sibelius, and the lighter side of Karajan is shown in two lively polkas and a lilting waltz (the famous 'Blue Danube') by Johann Strauss II. French music is represented by the stirring 'Marche hongroise' from La Damnation de Faust by Berlioz and the colourful España by Chabrier, and Bohemia comes to life in part of The Moldau by the Czech composer Smetana. Karajan was also unsurpassed as a conductor of opera and this is illustrated by his superb performances of the Intermezzo from Puccini's Manon Lescaut, the Prelude to Act III of Wagner's Lohengrin and part of the spectacular Triumphal Scene from Verdi's Aida.



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Serenade no 13 in G, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" :: 1. Allegro
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Grunewaldkirche, Berlin (12/30/1959-12/31/1959)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for flute & harp in C, K 299 :: 2. Andantino [Excerpt]
  • Performers: James Galway (Flute); Fritz Helmis (Harp)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: French Church, St. Moritz, Switzerland (08/17/1971-08/24/1971)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1778

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : German Dances (3), K 605
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Grunewaldkirche, Berlin (11/09/1960/11/11/1960)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat, K 495 :: 3. Rondo
  • Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 :: 1. Molto allegro
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (09/21/1970-09/25/1970)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 104 in D "London" :: 3. Menuetto
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Triple Concerto in D, Op. 56 :: 2. Largo
  • Performers: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello); David Oistrakh (Violin); Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (09/15/1969-09/17/1969)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1803-1804

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 :: 1. Allegro con brio
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" :: 4. Ode to Joy [Excerpt]
  • Performers: Ernst Vocals] (Tenor); Otto Edelmann (Bass); Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1824

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 9 "From the New World" :: 2. Largo [Opening]
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (01/02/1977-01/03/1977)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat, Op. 82 :: 3. Allegro molto - Largamente assai
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (12/27/1976-12/28/1976)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1919

>Strauss, Richard : Don Quixote, Op. 35 :: 2. Theme
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (01/03/1975-01/08/1975)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 :: 2. Adagio sostenuto [Opening]
  • Performer: Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (09/21/1972-09/27/1972)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 :: 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
  • Performer: Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (03/06/1976-03/07/1976)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Morgenblätter, Op. 279
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schönen blauen Donau, waltz :: [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (01/04/1975/12/08/1975)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1867

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (01/04/1975/12/08/1975)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858

>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 :: Marche hongroise
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (1978-12-29_1978-12-31&1979-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/1845-10/1846

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : España, rhapsody for orchestra (also vers. for 2 pianos)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1883.
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Smetana, Bedrich : Vltava (Má vlast) :: [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (01/02/1977-01/03/1977)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1904

>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11 :: 1. Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11 :: 2. Alla marcia
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 :: 4. Intermezzo interrotto
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1943-1945

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (1980-11-16_1980-11-17&1981-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake :: Act 2. Scene
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Kingsway Hall, London (01/01/1959-01/02/1959)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake :: Act 2. Dance of the Little Swans
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Kingsway Hall, London (01/01/1959-01/02/1959)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty :: Act 1. Valse
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Kingsway Hall, London (01/01/1959-01/02/1959)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty :: Act 1. Rose Adagio
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Kingsway Hall, London (01/01/1959-01/02/1959)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Act 3. Prelude
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (1974-09-22&1974-10-01&1974-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 2. Scene 2. Gloria all'Egitto -
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, Austria (1979-05-07_1979-05-10&1979-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 2. Scene 2. Triumphal March -
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, Austria (1979-05-07_1979-05-10&1979-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 2. Scene 2. Vieni, o guerriero vindice
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, Austria (1979-05-07_1979-05-10&1979-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871