June 30, 2014
Out now: the final four boxes in the Karajan Official Remastered Edition
With the 25th anniversary of Herbert von Karajan’s death just a few weeks away, the last three boxed sets in Warner Classics’ complete Karajan catalogue have just been released, totaling 100 discs across 13 collector’s boxes – all remastered in 24-bit/96kHz at Abbey Road Studios from the original master tapes.
The core of the Karajan legend is to be found in these recordings, made from 1970-81 when the charismatic conductor was at the peak of his powers both at the podium and as an influential cultural icon.
Across 7 CDs, the next collection takes listeners from Karajan’s essential Dvorak and Tchaikovsky recordings to the sumptuous French fare of Debussy and Ravel (Prelude à l’après-midi d’un faune, La Valse, Rapsodie Espagnole and Le Tombeau de Couperin), to Bartok’s blistering Concerto for Orchestra; not only with the BPO but also the Orchestre de Paris, which Karajan shaped in the first years of its existence.
The final set of 6 CDs returns to Karajan's heartland: the Austro-German late-Romantic repertoire of which he was undisputed master. The orchestral works of Bruckner and Wagner are complemented by Strauss' Ein Heldenleben, which may be viewed as a personal manifesto from this colossal hero among conductors and musicians.