Karajan, Herbert von

Karajan and his Soloists I (1948-1958)

8 CD
31 Mar 2014

Barcode: 0825646336258

Other participants: Herbert von Karajan, Dennis Brain, Walter Gieseking, Dinu Lipati, Hans Richter-Haaser

The Karajan Official Remastered Edition comprises 13 box sets containing official remasterings of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, and which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalogue.

For many, Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) – hailed early in his career as ‘Das Wunder Karajan’ (The Karajan Miracle) and known in the early 1960s as ‘the music director of Europe’ – remains the ultimate embodiment of the maestro. The release of the Karajan Official Remastered Edition over the first half of 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the conductor’s death in July 1989 at the age of 81.

He was closely associated with EMI for the majority of his recording career (specifically from 1946 to 1960 and then again from 1969 to 1984). EMI’s legendary producer Walter Legge sought him out in Vienna just after World War II and the long relationship that ensued embraced recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia (the orchestra founded by Legge), the Berlin Philharmonic (of which Karajan became ‘conductor for life’ in 1955), the forces of La Scala, Milan, and the Orchestre de Paris.

The Karajan Official Remastered Edition will feature primarily symphonic and choral music. The entire edition will comprise recordings remastered from the original sources in 24-bit/96kHz at Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most renowned recording studio.

HERBERT VON KARAJAN OFFICIAL REMASTERED EDITION
Karajan and his soloists 1948-1958
825646336258

CD 1 Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54
Dinu Lipatti
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded: IV.1948, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467
Dinu Lipatti
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Recorded live Kunsthaus: VIII.1950, Lucerne, Switzerland

CD 2 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat, Op.73 'Emperor'
Walter Gieseking
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded: VI.1951, Kingsway Hall, London

CD 3 Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488
Recorded: VI.1951, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491
VIII.1953, Kingsway Hall, London
Walter Gieseking
Philharmonia Orchestra

CD 4 Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54
Recorded: VIII.1953, Kingsway Hall, London
Franck: Symphonic Variations in F sharp minor
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16
Recorded: VI.1951
Walter Gieseking
Philharmonia Orchestra

CD 5 Mozart: The 4 Horn Concertos
Dennis Brain
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded: XI.1953, Kingsway Hall, London

CD 6 Mozart: Sinfonia concertante, K.297a
Sidney Sutcliffe, Bernard Walton, Dennis Brain, Cecil James
Recorded: XI.1953, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622
Bernard Walton
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded: VI.1955, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

CD 7 Leimer: Piano Concerto in C minor, Piano Concerto for the left hand
Kurt Leimer
Philharmonia Orchestra
Recorded: XI.1954, Kingsway Hall, London
Massenet: Thais – Meditation
Manoug Parikian
Recorded: 22.VII.1954, Kingsway Hall, London

CD 8 Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83
Hans Richter-Haaser
Berliner Philharmoniker
Recorded: XI.1958, Grünewaldkirche, Berlin

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54: I. Allegro affettuoso - Andante espressivo - Tempo I - Cadenza - Allegro molto  - Dinu Lipatti/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 
02 Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54: II. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)  - Dinu Lipatti/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 
03 Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54: III. Allegro vivace  - Dinu Lipatti/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 
04 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K.467: I Allegro maestoso  - Herbert von Karajan 
05 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467: II. Andante  - Herbert von Karajan 
06 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K.467: III Allegro vivace assai  - Herbert von Karajan 
Disc 2 
01 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op.58: I Allegro moderato  - Herbert von Karajan 
02 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op.58: II Andante con moto  - Herbert von Karajan 
03 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op.58: III Rondo (Vivace)  - Herbert von Karajan 
04 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, Op.73 'Emperor': I Allegro  - Herbert von Karajan 
05 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, Op.73 'Emperor': II Adagio un poco mosso  - Herbert von Karajan 
06 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, Op.73 'Emperor': III Rondo  - Herbert von Karajan 
Disc 3 
01 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K.488: I Allegro - Cadenza (Gieseking) - Tempo I  - Herbert von Karajan 
02 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K.488: II Adagio  - Herbert von Karajan 
03 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K.488: III Allegro assai  - Herbert von Karajan 
04 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K.491: I Allegro - Cadenza (Hummel) - Tempo I  - Herbert von Karajan 
05 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K.491: II Larghetto  - Herbert von Karajan 
06 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K.491: III Allegretto  - Herbert von Karajan 
Disc 4 
01 Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54: I Allegro affettuoso - Andante espressivo - Tempo 1  - Herbert von Karajan 
02 Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54: II Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)  - Herbert von Karajan 
03 Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54: III Allegro vivace  - Herbert von Karajan 
04 Franck: Variations symphoniques  - Herbert von Karajan 
05 Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: I Allegro molto moderato  - Herbert von Karajan 
06 Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: II Adagio  - Herbert von Karajan 
07 Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: III Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante  - Herbert von Karajan 
Disc 5 
01 Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 1 in D Major, KV412: I. Allegro  - Dennis Brain/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 
02 Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 1 in D Major, KV412: II. Rondo (Allegro) (K514 version, arr. Süssmayr)  - Dennis Brain/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 
03 Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 2 in E flat major, KV417: I. Allegro maestoso  - Dennis Brain/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 
04 Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 2 in E flat major, KV417: II. Andante  - Dennis Brain/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 
05 Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, KV 417: III. Rondo  - Herbert von Karajan 
06 Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 3 in E flat major, KV447: I. Allegro  - Dennis Brain/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 
07 Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 3 in E flat major, KV447: II. Romance (Larghetto)  - Dennis Brain/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 
08 Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 3 in E flat major, KV447: III. Allegro  - Dennis Brain/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 
09 Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 4 in E flat major, KV495: I. Allegro moderato  - Dennis Brain/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 
10 Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 4 in E flat major, KV495: II. Romance (Andante cantabile)  - Dennis Brain/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 
11 Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 4 in E flat major, KV495: III. Rondo (Allegro vivace)  - Dennis Brain/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 
Disc 6 
01 Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat, K.297b: I Allegro  - Herbert von Karajan 
02 Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat, K.297b: II Adagio  - Herbert von Karajan 
03 Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat, K.297b: III Andantino con variazioni  - Herbert von Karajan 
04 Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622: I Allegro  - Herbert von Karajan 
05 Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622: II Adagio  - Herbert von Karajan 
06 Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622: III Rondo (Allegro)  - Herbert von Karajan 
Disc 7 
01 Leimer: Piano Concerto in C Minor: I Allegro con brio  - Herbert von Karajan 
02 Leimer: Piano Concerto in C Minor: II Andante tranquillo -  - Herbert von Karajan 
03 Leimer: Piano Concerto in C Minor: III Allegro ritmico  - Herbert von Karajan 
04 Leimer: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand: I Allegro moderato  - Herbert von Karajan 
05 Massenet: Méditation de Thaïs  - Herbert von Karajan 
Disc 8 
01 Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat, Op.83: I Allegro non troppo  - Herbert von Karajan 
02 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83: II. Allegro appassionato  - Herbert von Karajan 
03 Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat, Op.83: III Andante  - Herbert von Karajan 
04 Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat, Op.83: IV Allegretto grazioso  - Herbert von Karajan 


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