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Schumann: Symphony No. 4 / Dvorak: Symphony No. 8

Robert Schumann , Antonin Dvorak , Herbert von Karajan , Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 1. Ziemlich Langsam - LebhaftHerbert von Karajan11:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 2. Romanze (Ziemlich Langsam)Herbert von Karajan 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 3. ScherzoHerbert von Karajan 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 4. Langsam - Lebhaft - Schneller - PrestoHerbert von Karajan 8:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Symphony No.8 In G, Op.88 - 1. Allegro Con BrioHerbert von Karajan 9:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Symphony No.8 In G, Op.88 - 2. AdagioHerbert von Karajan11:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Symphony No.8 In G, Op.88 - 3. Allegretto Grazioso - Molto VivaceHerbert von Karajan 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Symphony No.8 In G, Op.88 - 4. Allegro Ma Non TroppoHerbert von Karajan10:02$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Robert Schumann, Antonin Dvorak
  • Audio CD (April 5, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00000E4P2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Two crown jewels on one CD March 5, 2010
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This cd hits a two-run home run. Two captivating performances for the price of one.

Dvorak 8 has never sounded so blissfully sweet. This recording ranks right up there with the best,and remember,there are quite a few fine recordings out there on the market.
Karajan really takes his time with the Adagio, but not to an extent where the music plods (see Bernstein`s DG Mozart late symphonies for the definition of "plodding"). Also of note, Karajan has the third movement Allegretto at a brisk 5 and a half minutes,faster than most,including Kubelik`s impressive 1966 DG version. I rather prefer this, for the quick pace embues this movement with a sense of spontaneity and verve. Remember, this is NOT Bruckner, where slow,rapturous movements are such a delight. For example, see Celibidache`s early 90`s Bruckner on EMI.

The fourth symphony of Schumann is another marvel. It is very weighty and majestic in the outer movements, but still a lot of fun altogether.

Err, by the way, is it just me that thinks these 2 symphonies make an odd coupling?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked gems in Karajan's late career November 27, 2008
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In his last, rocky years with the Berlin Phil., which were full of contentiousness and bad feeling, Karajan became more associated with the Vienna Phil. They made a good match throughout his career, beginning in the rubble of WW II when both orchestra and conductor struggled to regain their prominence. Whether it was the Austrian link of a native-born conductor or simply the inescapable Viennese tradition, Karajan relaxed with the VPO. Here we have a lovely Dvorak 8th from 1985, as golden and sunny as you could ever want. The slow movement is unusually slow and touching. You can't help but hear a valedictory in it, which holds true for the Bruckner and Tchaikovsky that Karajan recorded at this time. There is also a late "New World" from Vienna, but DG has singled it out for release in their Karajan Gold series.

But even more poignant is the Schumann Fourth, which marks three recordings that I know of from Karajan, the other two being from Berlin in 1957 (EMI) and 1971 (DG) -- the second is much better than the first. This one, recorded in concert in 1987, strikes me as not only a triumph of perfect skill and musicality, but there hangs over it the autumnal melancholy of an elderly condcutor who loved Schumann all hs life and performed the symphonies with unassailable rightness. Admittedly, there is lessened vigor in the thrid movement and finale, but simply to listen to the oboe and cello duet in the second movement brings tears. If it's possible for a performance to have ineffable overtones, this one does.
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How, on EARTH, with Karajan's rehearsal (on YouTube) video in old analog stereo (if that) and Black & White video, of a younger Karajan rehearsing Schumann's gorgeous 4th symphony with the Vienna Symphony, wherein Karajan secures a robust, insightful, keen Schumann 4th, with the most accurate orchestral tone capturing Schumann's sound world so accurately, capturing the atmosphere of the piece to such a degree, with the musicians giving their best, can this stumbling, blubbering, plodding, slack Schumann 4th be put to permanent digital media. The fire and passion of that younger Karajan is no where to be found here. It's a good thing I got this disc at a garage sale for $1.00. Schumann's 4th symphony is a sheer masterpiece when performed correctly.
To make matters WORSE, a superlative Schumann 4th, in GORGEOUS analog sound, including Sym #1 and the Overture, Scherzo & Finale (a FULL disc) is available on EMI with Sawallisch & the Staatskapelle Dresden/EMI. You'll hear with the EMI disc the atmosphere (that Karajan captured earlier) the "atmosphere" Schumann intended, written in D minor as a dark key tonality. Schumann marked the first movement Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft (slow, heavy, then lively) which Sawallish secures. You'll hear orchestral detail, tension, longing, genius and robust orchestral playing.
You'll hear nothing better in your lifetime tha Sawallisch Schumann cycle, generously filled discs.

Similarly, Karajan receives credit for his Dvorak, which is utterly lacking in Czech spirit OR to be fair, Karajan plays Czech music via-vi the BPO AND VPO. To hear Dvorak you MUST listen to the Czech Philharmonic (with Belohlávek or Vaclav Neumann) play Dvorak to hear the bowing, orchestral tone, ensemble, contrasting rhythms etc.
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