Herbert von Karajan - Adagio
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The best known pieces in this collection from Deustsche Gramophon are perhaps Pachelbel's Canon in D and Tomaso Albinoni's Adagio in G minor. Pachelbel's Canon features a gentle melody that is played first by one section of the orchestra, then repeated and taken up by other sections, becoming more intricate as the piece ascends to a shimmering conclusion.
The other widely known composition, Tomaso Albinoni's Adagio in G minor, sounds as if it was a Baroque piece from the late 17th Century, but it was neither composed by Albinoni nor is it a Baroque-period work. It's actually a 20th Century forgery executed by Albinoni's biographer Remo Giazotto. Nevertheless, it's a powerful and deeply moving piece, marked by the somber interplay of organ and strings. (This piece was used, with great effect, in the latter section of Australian director Peter Weir's 1980 film Gallipoli.)
Karajan's Adagio spans several centuries and musical eras, from the aforementioned Baroque to the post-Romantic 20th Century. In addition to Albinoni/Giazotto, Pachelbel, Sibelius, and Beethoven, listeners will find compositions by Mozart, Massenet, Vivaldi. Brahms, Grieg, Mahler, and J.S. Bach. With such a diverse group of composers, even though the pieces are leisurely and gentle, they also express a wide range of musical moods, ranging from the pathos of Grieg's Anse's Death to the pastoral tranquility of Mozart's 4th Movement from his Divertimento in B-flat major.
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!
The Pachelbel Canon is a rather trivial, repetitive work that has had its shallow depths plumbed better than von K does it here.
The allegretto from Beethoven's Seventh is played a little too fast for my liking. He seems more interested in the destination than the journey. There is no doubt that von K knows where he is going, and how it all relates and progresses, but some of the intrinsic beauty of the process seems given short shrift. Rather like a hiker looking farther ahead instead of looking around as he moves forward, missing the little niceties at close range. A little slower tempo or more variation of same has helped other composers do this more to my liking.
If you wish the baroque music above, compare others.
von Karajan and the Berliner Philharminiker are probably the only remnants of a time that shook the world, both before, during and after. They and their progeny stayed the course. The DG recording is wonderful, kind of a collection of other tracks on other recordings.
von Karajan has always worked towards the prize of achieving the most perfect musical sound. He does not fall short here. 5 Stars. Wonderful music. Larry Scantlebury
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