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Christmas Concert

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Canzona A 8 - Berliner Philharmoniker
  2. 1. Vivace - Grave - Allegro
  3. 2. Adagoi - Allegro - Adagio
  4. 3. Vivace
  5. 4. Allegro
  6. 5. Pastorale (Largo)
  7. In Dulci Jubilo
  8. 1. Pastorale (Largo)
  9. 2. Largo
  10. 3. Allegro
  11. 1. Grave - Vivace
  12. 2. Largo
  13. 3. Vivace
  14. Vom Himmel Hoch, Da Komm Ich Her
  15. Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen
  16. 1. Largo - Grave
  17. 2. Vivace
  18. 3. Grave
  19. 4. Largo Andante
  20. 5. Andante
  21. 6. Pastorale - Andante
  22. Silent Night


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 14, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B0000CGE6W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Watch out Herbie ! It looks like his consort is about to sink her fangs into the conductor's throat for a sanguinary feast - some would say that it was only a matter of time - and resistance will be minimal: haggard and weather-beaten, Herbie looks as if he has climbed his way to the Eagles Nest and back.

These performances were recorded in a Swiss Hotel in August 1969 during one of the joint holidays undertaken by Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. They were thoroughly lampooned by Norman Lebrecht The Life and Death of Classical Music: Featuring the 100 Best and 20 Worst Recordings Ever Made and few are going to argue their cause. Even so, I have a soft spot for these recordings. All three concertos - the Locatelli, Corelli and Manfredini, crystallise the Italianate longing for the Christ-Child. Uber-polished though it be, a scaled down Berlin Philharmonic certainly brings them to life even if the realisations are light-years removed from genuine baroque.

Look, it's a schmaltzy dynamic. The alternatives are Bing Crosby, Andy Williams and that guy with the man-boobs. I would not think too much about these performances. They add to the mistletoe and reindeers.
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These are Karajan's 1945-1955 recordings. There is no noise but the sound quality is very bad. When I started to listen to these CDs, I suspected that my CD player was malfunctioning. If you prefer good sound quality, then get other Karajan's recordings.
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I love this album and always have. There is a mistake here, though, that states that Karajan conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Brass Ensemble. I have the same works on an LP from the 80s and there is no indication whatsoever that Karajan was conducting the brass ensemble works here. The brass works are, of course, impeccably played and add a nice filler to the rather short concertos conducted by Karajan. It's well worth seeking out!
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This isn't your run-of-the-mill kind of Christmas album. No jingle bells, no Rudolf, and the like. But serious, beautiful, devotional Baroque Christmas music.
But isn't it enough to say that it is Herr Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker? You can never go far wrong with artists like that!
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