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BEST KARAJAN LIST ON CD

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
"1984, with Mutter. Superb recording. First class playing."
St. Matthew Passion [3 CD Box Set]
St. Matthew Passion [3 CD Box Set]
"Romantic reading."
Symphony 40 & 41
Symphony 40 & 41
"1970. Powerful. Not-to-be-missed romantic account ! Absolutly better than his later DG accounts(1977). Only comparable with Klemperer, B.Walter, Böhm, Giulini, Wand and Marriner."
Mozart: Horn Concertos Nos. 1-4; Quintet
Mozart: Horn Concertos Nos. 1-4; Quintet
"1953,Philharmonia,with legendary Dennis Brain. Not only one of Karajan's a few great concerto recordings(Karajan is not known as a good concerto conductor)but also one of the greatest concerto recordings ever made. Brain's playing is only comparable with great Tuckwell(on EMI,with Marriner&ASMF,stereo and on Decca, with English Chamber Orchestra,digital)"
Mozart: Great Mass in C Minor / Adagio & Fugue
Mozart: Great Mass in C Minor / Adagio & Fugue
"1981. One of the best two.(Other one: Fricsay)"
Mozart: Requiem
Mozart: Requiem
"1976-BP. Better recorded version of his legendary 1962-BP account and better than his 1986-WP. Powerful. Ofcourse there are many different and also powerful alternatives: B.Walter, Böhm, Giulini, Davis, Marriner. (See my list; Requiem KV 626)"
Fidelio
Fidelio
"1970. Second and better recorded of the best two.(First: Klemperer)"
Beethoven: 9 Symphonies / Karajan (1963)
Beethoven: 9 Symphonies / Karajan (1963)
"1962. Dramatic and fast. Karajan's best Beethoven symphony cycle.(Others: 1956-Philharmonia-mono,on EMI; 1977-BP and 1982-BP-Digital,on DG)"
Beethoven: Triple Concerto / Brahms: Double Concerto
Beethoven: Triple Concerto / Brahms: Double Concerto
"First of the best two.(Other one: Fricsay, with Schneiderhan-Fournier-Anda, RSO Berlin, on DG-Legendary Recordings)"
Symphony No 8 & 9
Symphony No 8 & 9
"1976-78. Intense. Only comparable with  Böhm, Giulini, Muti and Celibidache's(RTSI-historic) recordings. Better than Klemperer, Mravinsky, C.Kleiber, Abbado, Sinopoli, Harnoncourt..."
Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4
Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4
"1971. Hebrides(Fingal's Cave)Overture and Symphonies Nos.3&4. THE BEST in CATALOG."
Liszt: Orchestral Works
Liszt: Orchestral Works
"1961-1972. with Cherkassky(H.Fantasy) Majestic performances."
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
"1970. One or first of the best three.(Others are: Jochum and Solti)"
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
"1966-69 (14 CD). One of the best three Ring cycles in stereo.(Others are: Solti and Böhm). Also available 'Highlights' version on 2 CD (DG)."
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4
"1970. Truly magnificient. His other magnificient Bruckner recordings out of this list: No.2(1981,Digital), No.8(1975) with BP, on DG (part of the DG-Box Set), and No.7(1971)with BP,on EMI."
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 E-dur
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 E-dur
"1989(His last recording). Monumental. Glorious. Superb recording."
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
"1988. One of the best, forever. Others are: Knappertsbusch(1963-MP), Giulini(1983-PO,1984-WP), Wand(1979-Köln), Jochum(1976-SD), Böhm(1976-WP) and Celibidache(1993-MP)"
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 / Overtures By Mendelssohn, Wagner & Weber
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 / Overtures By Mendelssohn, Wagner & Weber
"1957. Karajan is one of the greatest Brucknerian of all times. Especially he has great authority on No.8. This is his first complete recording of the Eight and more mystical than his 1975 and 1988 recordings."
Brahms: 4 Symphonies
Brahms: 4 Symphonies
"1987-88(Nos.1-3), 1978(No.4) : Karajan's best Brahms. Extraordinary. A must. Only comparable with Klemperer(1-4), B.Walter(2-4), Jochum(1), Giulini(1 & 4), Keilberth(3) and C.Kleiber(4)."
Brahms: Ein deutches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op.45
Brahms: Ein deutches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op.45
"1976. In my opinion this is better than his 1964(BP) and 1983(WP) recordings. According to me Karajan was among the greatest interpreters of this great work. There are only two great alternatives: Klemperer 1961 EMI and Kempe 1955 EMI & Naxos. And I also recommend Previn's digital studio recording with RPO on Teldec."
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Grieg: Piano Concerto
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Grieg: Piano Concerto
"With Anda. 1967. Karajan's sole recording from Brahms' Piano concertos. Not as essential as Richter-Leinsdorf, Arrau-Giulini, Gilels-Jochum and Backhaus-Böhm but still good and one of the best."
Verdi: Requiem
Verdi: Requiem
"1986. Spectacular. Firs class.(Others are: Giulini, Reiner, Solti and Celibidache)"
Symphonies 8 & 9 " New World "
Symphonies 8 & 9 " New World "
"1979&1977. A classic. Karajan's Dvorak was(is) always(still) among the best in his every period and all recordings."
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" / Smetana: Die Moldau
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" / Smetana: Die Moldau
"1985. Great recording."
Dvorák: Cello Concerto, Op. 104 / Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations, Op. 33
Dvorák: Cello Concerto, Op. 104 / Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations, Op. 33
"1968. Karajan-Rostropovich-BP : Wonderful combination. No doubt."
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique"
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique"
"1984. Perfect. This WP-Digital version of No.6 is better than his others. Virtuosic strings and well-controled brass section."
Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites, Opp. 20,66,71a ~ Karajan
Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites, Opp. 20,66,71a ~ Karajan
"1965. Definitive."
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
"1962,with WS. Tchaikovsky P.C.No.1, with legendary Richter."
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade; Tchaikovsky / Karajan
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade; Tchaikovsky / Karajan
"1967.(Schehrezade) Like a dream! Only comparable with Beecham, Stokowski(1975-BMG/RCA), Bernstein and Muti. 1812 Overture is a storm! Italien Capriccio is very good."
Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Mahler: Symphony No. 4
"1979. An underrated Fourth. String performance is very good.(In my opinion, better than Kubelik, Abbado and Chailly's. There are a few 'greater' alternatives: Klemperer, Horenstein and Reiner.)"
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 / Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 / Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
"1973. Not in 'top' class(Solti, Bernstein, Dohnanyi, Chailly) but in 'first' class(Barbirolli, Abbado, Boulez..)"
Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Mahler: Symphony No. 9
"(1982,Live,Digital)Karajan's best Mahler and among the best in catalog."
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5 (The Karajan Collection)
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5 (The Karajan Collection)
"1960. Karajan and Philharmonia: One of the definitive accounts of No.2. His 1981-BP account is also wonderful."
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 4-7; Der Schwan von Tuonela; Tapiola
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 4-7; Der Schwan von Tuonela; Tapiola
"1965-67. Truly legendary. Deep and noble."
Popular Tone Poems
Popular Tone Poems
"1976. Most powerful version of Finlandia and superb En Saga. Beautiful Valse and The Swan."
Don Quixote
Don Quixote
"(1976,with legendary Rostropovich) Don Quixote: THE BEST. Other great alternative is also from Karajan; with Fournier and BP,1965,on DG. I must say about Ein Heldenleben and S.Domestica that: The best I've heard. Karajan was one of the greatest Straussian."
Ravel: Boléro / Debussy: La Mer / Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Ravel: Boléro / Debussy: La Mer / Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
"1966. Karajan's best 'Pictures', La Mer and Bolero."
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht; Pelleas und Melisande
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht; Pelleas und Melisande
"1970's. What a performance, what a recording! Who says that Karajan was not a "modern" conductor!!!"
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5; Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5; Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps
"1968(Prokofiev): THE BEST in CATALOG.  1977(Stravinsky-The Rite): Heavy-weight interpretation! Good but not a first choice.(But his Symphony of Psalms,Symphony in C and Concerto in D recordings are absolutly great.Now out of print.)"
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93 (Karajan Gold Edition)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93 (Karajan Gold Edition)
"1981. THE BEST in CATALOG."