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Albinoni: Adagio / Pachelbel: Kanon & Gigue Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dg Imports
  • ASIN: B000001G77
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Bard on September 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This Karajan disc is a nice introduction to Baroque music. Karajan records some of the better known Baroque compositions, and the results are very pleasing. The sound is full without sounding sappy or syrupy.
Since this disc is ADD (and recorded in the early 1970's), there's some background hiss, but it's only noticeable between tracks. The remastering has also somewhat dampened the overall sound (which is characteristic of Deutsche Grammophon's analog-to-digital transfers, versus Philips or Sony remasterings).
Nevertheless, Karajan leads the Berliner Philharmoniker through nice interpretations of pieces composed by the likes of Albinoni and Vivaldi. True, there are better, DDD recordings of these same pieces available, but Karajan offers a large orchestral interpretation that serves as a nice alternative to recordings by smaller, 'period-piece' ensembles . . . and that's not such a bad thing.
The price of this disc is nice, and the music wonderful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Bard on September 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Although I have been collecting compact discs for year, I only really began compiling a Classical CD collection since early 2000 (and today, I own over 350 -- everything from Albinoni to Vivaldi). I had always been aware of the most famous composers of their day: Bach and Vivaldi (Baroque); Haydn and Mozart (18th Century); and Beethoven, Schumann and Schubert (19th Century). But that was about it. Most of the other composers were just names to me, and little more.
So where do you begin? I started, and continue to go with, the less expensive Classical discs. Most of the major labels (Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Philips, etc.) offer a variety of ADD/DDD discs ranging in price... Amazon, too, provides useful direction through its reviews (but there's nothing like listening to the music yourself).
...I was a bit skeptical at first, since it was recorded in the early '70's. Being ADD, I knew that I could expect to hear some background hiss (even after remastering). These same pieces have also been recorded countless times by many conductors on other labels (even Karajan recorded them again in the early '80's on DG). But Karajan has quite a reputation (granted, some love him, while others hate him). So I took a chance. And I was not disappointed.
Karajan leads the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra through some of the better-known Baroque pieces. There's not getting around the fact that Karajan's style is, for lack of a better work, heavy and dramatic. Interestingly, I didn't find that detrimental to listening to the disc (even though I would never have associated Karajan with Baroque music!). When I think of Vivaldi or Pachelbel, I envision their works being performed by small ensembles -- not by a large German orchestra.
But here, it works, and quite well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is the definitive recording of Albinoni's adagio--very soulful. The rest of the CD is vivacious and majestic, wonderful background music for an elegant party or just home alone.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adrian on April 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Karajan was an amazing conductor. Precise, demanding, exacting, but also emotional and deeply sensible to nuances and subtleties of the various works and comosers he conducted. He's amazing with Beethoven and Wagner, for instance.

With Pachelbel, however, something didn't click. I have at least three Karajan recordings of the Canon in D -as well as over 50 other versions- and none are as brief, "martial", cut-and-dry, hurry-up-and-leave like Karajan's. Don't ask me why, but it would seem that conducting Pachelbel was something he didn't enjoy.

The rest of the album, however, is very enjoyable, smooth, melodious, and thoroughly enjoyable and commendable.

So, in a nutshell: if you've had it with Pachelbel's Canon in D, this is a great recording for you. If, on the other hand, you really love the Canon, skip it while playing this album or, for that matter, any of Karajan's recordings of it, where you'll also find this report, as I have collected them all: my acoustical masochism knows no boundaries.

I hope this helps you in your selection. Enjoy!
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By Leo Hirschocker on January 8, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Best Baroque compilation to play at Christmas, I've had it for many years had to buy another one, lost it in the divorce.
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