Notes & Reviews:
Herbert von Karajans 1963 set of Beethoven s symphonies was a landmark in the history of the gramophone. Never before had all nine symphonies been recorded and released as an integrally planned subscription set, handsomely boxed and annotated. Not that this was merely a logistical phenomenon. The superb quality of the music-making and the unique overview of the nine symphonies which the cycle provided caused it to win golden opinions with press and public alike. Like Deccas pioneering Ring cycle and the first Beatles album (which was also released in the spring of 1963) the set quickly became one of the icons of a new musical age.