June 30, 2014

Out now: the final four boxes in the Karajan Official Remastered Edition

Choral masterpieces, French, Russian and Austro-German music completes this milestone 100-disc series.

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.

The 8-CD Symphonies set features the Berlin Philharmonic in some of the maestro’s finest late recordings of 1970-81, with Schubert, Mozart and Haydn (as well as a rarity: the overture to Cherubini’s opera Anacréon). Spanning the Classical and early Romantic eras, these orchestral works are the ideal complement to Karajan’s first Beethoven cycle, also remastered and released in March this year.
Karajan Choral Haydn Beethoven Brahms
A second edition of Choral Music (this time from 1972-76, all with the Berlin Philharmonic) showcases Gundula Janowitz’s ravishing tones in the Haydn oratorio The Seasons; the beautifully burnished bass-baritone of José van Dam is a highlight of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem. The rich choral sound is courtesy of the Wiener Singverein in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, which features Janowitz and van Dam alongside tenor Peter Schreier.

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.

Karajan Strauss, Bruckner, Wagner

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.

All 13 boxed sets of the Karajan Official Remastered Edition now available here.