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  1. Orchestral Music
    I note from forum threads here and from Amazon reviews that remastered versions of the Karajan 1960s and 1977 Beethoven cycles are available (one even on Blu-Ray), and many listeners find the sound quality markedly improved. I own a number of CDs from the original 1980s Karajan cycle and am...
  2. Classical Music Discussion
    Hi everyone! New member here, but I've been reading your great forum for some time. I've been wondering for quite some time about the climax in the Adagio of Bruckner's seventh symphony, since it seems that the timpani part seems to vary quite a bit. I have enclosed an image showing the three...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    I may know many composers and their works, but I am mostly clueless about how their lives were and why are they praised. Months ago I watched the latest documentary about my personal re-introductor to Classical Music: Herbert von Karajan. Produced by the BBC and aired at the end of 2014...
  4. Classical Music Discussion
    Few conductors, if any, divide opinion like HvK. There are those who love his recordings and those who loathe them. What are your thoughts on Herbie? There are, for me, Karajan recordings that are miles in front of their rivals, but that's not to say I'm a dedicated HvK fanboy. (with my...
  5. Orchestral Music
    I was somewhat surprised to find that there does not appear to be a specific discussion of favoured recordings of Beethoven's 9th on this forum, or at least not when I filtered it. I will get the ball rolling with: Ferenc Fricsay and BPO. Von Karajan and BPO (1963) Furtwängler and Philharmonia...
  6. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    So I have available Solti's Rheingold and Götterdämmerung already available, and don't like repeat copies....hence looking elsewhere for a full Ring. I should wait and research and sample. But history suggests that I may buy a Ring Cycle within a week! These three appeal. I value sheer beauty...
  7. Opera
    Are these any good? Any comments from those who've heard them (e.g. the Karajan Madama Butterfly) would be appreciated.
  8. Classical Music Discussion
    Over the last few weeks I've been listening on spotify to recordings made by Herbert von Karajan to try to get more familiar with his style, and unfortunately I keep finding myself wanting to listen to another interpretation of whatever piece instead of Karajan's. This is a conductor who is...
  9. Classical Music Discussion
    After a fair amount of umming and aahing, I'd like to splash out on my first Bruckner cycle. Been loving 4, 7 and 8 and now want to get into the whole set. NB you'll probably tell me that single discs, rather than sets, are where the action is with Bruckner (and I'll continue to add some great...
  10. Orchestral Music
    (Apologies for the lame pun) So, I've just begun my Bruckner journey, with Symphonies 7 (Wand/Kolner/RCA) and 4 (Jochum/BPO/DG) and am, predictably, hooked. He's going straight up there with Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert for me, and for some moods only he will do. So my question is: if you...
  11. Classical Music Discussion
    Karajan recorded most of the national anthems in Europe when LP was the main access of classical music. Afterwards, I knew several South-American countries asked G. Puccini for writing their national anthems. I often played on the piano the US national anthem, putting on various harmonies...
  12. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    70 discs of Herbie
  13. Recorded Music and Publications
    Hello, I am looking for suggestions on worthwhile huge boxed sets. Best Karajan & Solti sets would be appreciated.
  14. Orchestral Music
    Herbert von Karajan - Austria (1908-1989) A controversial figure all his life, not least for his membership of the Nazi Party in the 1930s, Karajan nevertheless rose to be the most prominent conductor in the world. In the process he left a series of breathtaking recordings, some of which have...
  15. Classical Music Discussion
    Help me decide whether to 'give up' on Wagner, R. Strauss, Bruckner My experience with these composers is all from the EMI Karajan 'Great' recordings set. I have given the pieces listed below a good listen and based on that, on the whole, they are "just not my cup of tea" and I have little...
  16. Politics and Religion in Classical Music
    Furtwangler: Hero or Villain? I was recently reading about Arthur Rubinstein and came across his threat to boycott the CSO if Furtwangler was appointed. I've read a bit on Karajan and Bohm but never Furtwangler so I read his Wikipedia page. I was expecting to read he was a card carrying Nazi...
  17. Blog
    I'll jump right into what I consider the deal-breaker for Beethoven's Ninth symphony: The first movement, "Allegro Ma Non Troppo, Un Poco Maestoso". For others, it's the Finale and I can certainly understand that. However, for myself, the first movement sets the tone of the entire symphony. Not...
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