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Karajan: 3 Classic Albums - Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; Grieg: Holberg Suite; Prokofiev: Sym. no.1 æClassicalÆ; Bizet: Carmen Suite; L' Arlesienne Suites 1 & 2; Respighi: Fountains of Rome; Pines of Rome

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
>Grieg, Edvard : From Holberg's Time, Op. 40
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in D major ("Classical"), Op. 25
>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlesienne, suite for orchestra no 1
>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlesienne, suite for orchestra no 2
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1
>Respighi, Ottorino : Fountains of Rome
>Respighi, Ottorino : Pines of Rome
>Respighi, Ottorino : Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3
>Boccherini, Luigi : Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in C major, Op. 30 no 6/G 324 "Musica notturna di Madrid"
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Karajan performed Carmen throughout his long career and made famous complete recordings of it in Vienna in 1964 and Berlin in 1982. Perhaps the best -loved of all operas, though a historic fiasco at its 1875 Paris premiere, Bizet's masterpiece was Karajan's choice in 1967 for his debut as a film director. He also enjoyed performing the opera's "first suite" - the Act I prelude plus the three entr'actes - as well as the two suites drawn from Bizet's 1872 incidental music to L'Arlésienne. Unlike Carmen, the Arlésienne music was warmly appreciated in the composer's lifetime. Karajan had already recorded this coupling of Bizet suites twice - in London in 1958 and Berlin in 1971 - before making this 1984 digital version. As his biographer Richard Osborne observes: "Karajan had an enormous love of the lighter side of the repertoire - what Sir Thomas Beecham liked to call orchestral 'lollipops'. He had a Beecham-like wizardry in music such as this, as we can hear in his realization of the suite from Bizet's incidental music for Alphonse Daudet's play L'Arlésienne.

Karajan made an acclaimed version of The Pines of Rome in London in the late 1950s, and it was only natural that he should turn to the Respighi again in the late 1970s as one of the many orchestral showpieces he recorded for Deutsche Grammophon with the Berlin Philharmonic, now adding the composer's earlier Fountains of Rome. As Ivan March pointed out in his notes for a previous CD reissue of this coupling, "rarely did the conductor pursue virtuosity for its own sake when choosing and performing technically difficult works, instead preferring those that also made demands on his players' deeper musicality and, indeed, those that tested his own skills in manipulating orchestral sonorities and textural balances. Such is the case with these performances of Respighi's two greatest symphonic poems." Karajan also obviously had a special affection for Respighi's third suite of Ancient Airs and Dances, which he recorded in 1969 (he never set down the other two). "These ingenious, fastidious, and somewhat anachronistic string arrangements", wrote Ivan March, "must have been exactly to his taste. He imbues them with grace and a glowing textural warmth."



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 16 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Grieg, Edvard : From Holberg's Time, Op. 40
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 20 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in D major ("Classical"), Op. 25
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 13 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra no 1
  • Performer: Daniel Deffayet (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 16 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1872

>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra no 2
  • Performer: Daniel Deffayet (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 19 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1 :: 1. Act 2. Prélude. Allegro giocoso
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1875.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1 :: 2. Act 3. Entr'acte. 2. Allegro moderato
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1875.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1 :: 3. Act 3. Entr'acte. Allegretto quasi andantino
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1875.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1 :: 4. Act 4. Entr'acte. Allegro vivo
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1875.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Respighi, Ottorino : Fountains of Rome
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 16 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1915

>Respighi, Ottorino : Pines of Rome
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 21 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924

>Respighi, Ottorino : Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 19 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Boccherini, Luigi : Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in C major, Op. 30 no 6/G 324 "Musica notturna di Madrid"
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 9 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
  • Performer: Wolfgang Meyer (Organ)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1945