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Monumental Karajan! - Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius, Smetana, Mendelssohn, Strauss et al.

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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme of Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a "St. Anthony"
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>     Prélude de l'Acte 1
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74
>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83
>Sibelius, Jean : Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22
>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
>Smetana, Bedrich : Ma vlast
>     112/2
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave"
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Annen-Polka, Op. 117
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schonen, blauen Donau, Op. 314
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Kaiserwaltzer Waltz, Op. 437
>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>     Intermezzo
>Berlioz, Hector : Rákóczy March, for orchestra (Le damnation de Faust), H. 109
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : España, rhapsody for orchestra (also vers. for 2 pianos)
>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme of Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a "St. Anthony"
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74
>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83
>Sibelius, Jean : Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22
>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
>Smetana, Bedrich : Ma vlast
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave"
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Annen-Polka, Op. 117
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schonen, blauen Donau, Op. 314
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Kaiserwaltzer Waltz, Op. 437
>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Berlioz, Hector : Rákóczy March, for orchestra (Le damnation de Faust), H. 109
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : España, rhapsody for orchestra (also vers. for 2 pianos)
>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
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Notes & Reviews:

Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan, who was the principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years, is widely considered to have been one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century. A dominant figure in classical music, Karajan is not only world's best-selling conductor but also one of EMI Classics best-selling artist of all time.

Herbert von Karajan's name became synonymous with best in orchestral music and his legacy of outstanding recordings is enormous. This 3-CD set gives just a taste of some of his best and most characteristic performances. From the display power in Mozart's Symphony No. 40 to his lighter side in Strauss's polkas, Karajan's a conducting style is truly masterful.

Born in Salzburg in 1908, Karajan spent his early years working in Aachen before coming to Berlin where he was hailed as 'Das Wunder Karajan' ('The Karajan Miracle'). After the Second World War he was signed in Vienna by EMI producer Walter Legge to record with the Wiener Philharmoniker and subsequently became effectively principal conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. He then succeeded Furtwangler as Music Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker and re remained in that post until shortly before his death in 1989.

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Recording information: Berlin.



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 24 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 26 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1822

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme of Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a "St. Anthony"
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 17 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Prélude de l'Acte 1
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862-1867

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 45 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Sibelius, Jean : Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893

>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 9 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1900

>Smetana, Bedrich : Má vlast :: 112/2
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 12 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave"
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Composition written: 12/11/1830.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 12/11/1830

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1874.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Annen-Polka, Op. 117
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1867

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Kaiserwaltzer Waltz, Op. 437
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 11 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1889

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Berlioz, Hector : Rákóczy March, for orchestra (Le damnation de Faust), H. 109
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Composition written: 02/1846.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 02/1846

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : España, rhapsody for orchestra (also vers. for 2 pianos)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1883.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
  • Performer: Karlheinz Zöller (Flute)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 10 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894