Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven: 9 Symphonies (1963/2014)
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Herbert von Karajan’s 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 Decca’s 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 and set the standard for all Beethoven Symphony recordings to come.
It was this achievement which the 1963 cycle took to a new level. Where the Philharmonia recordings retained elements of the old German style of Beethoven interpretation, the new-found virtuosity of the Berlin Philharmonic allowed Karajan to come closer to the fierce beauty and lean-toned, fiery manner of Toscanini’s Beethoven, which in the 1930s Karajan had venerated as a pre-eminent example of the “new objectivity” in classical conducting.
The 1963 Berlin set dazzled like no other, aided in no small measure by the clean, clear, daringly “lit” recordings made in the Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, by the young Günter Hermanns, whose debut as Karajan’s principal recording engineer this was. As for the critics and the record-buying public, they were enthused above all by the urgency and beauty of the music-making and by a fierce sense of joy which reached its apogee in a thrillingly played and eloquently sung account of the finale of the epic Ninth Symphony. Now available in superbly remastered 96kHz/24bit sound.
". . . this 1963 set remains the most highly rated, and with reason. Lustrous Berlin Phil playing, plus Karajan's visionary grandeur.
Classic FM (London) 22. July 2014"
The HDTracks Digital Master won Best of 2014 in Gramophone Magazine.
Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Artists in Symphony No. 9:
Gundula Janowitz, soprano
Hilde Rossel-Majdan, alto
Waldemar Kmentt, tenor
Walter Berry, baritone
Recorded at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin
December 1961 (No. 1)
January 1962 (Nos. 2, 8)
February 1962 (No. 6)
March 1962 (Nos. 5, 7)
October & November 1962 (Nos. 3, 4, 9)