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Bohm was strictly devout to conducting Austro-Germanic composers, especially Wagner and R. Strauss, but he also conducted Brahms complete symphonies and Haydn variations with the Vienna Philharmonic in the mid-late 1970's which are sold in a box set by Duetsche Grammaphone at very good price. The sound quality (preticularly in the finale of the 2nd) and naturally rich drama with which he handles the material is five star. I highly recommend these recordings even though they are underated. Does any one have any recommendations from Bohm's library?
 

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Bohm is most famous for being the first conducter to record all 41 of Mozarts symphonies. I would rate him as one of the greatest Mozart interpreters ever. Top man! Also Mozarts wind concertos on Duetsche Grammaphone are worth a butchers!
 

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Karl Bohm was one of the most outstanding conductors.

There is a brilliant CD - a real must - on the DG label: Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony and Schubert's Symphony No 5.

I reckon this version of Beethoven's 6th is the best. And of course it's the Vienna Phil Orch. Every part of the 6th is perfection. Can anyone find any fault with it?

What better combination of composer/conductor/orchestra/record label can there be?



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Recordings, recordings, recordings.

I guess it serves the artists right for making so many of them that that's what they are eventually remembered for.

That said, Bohm was above all else a stellar opera conductor. In conducting cirlcels, THAT is his legacy.
Plus his wonderful recordings of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms symphonies, as was noted earlier and with which I fully agree.

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Böhm's conducting technic wasn't good:eek: , but he was even then a great conductor. Especially his Mozart and opera interpretations are great. His recording of Mozart's Magic Flute is outstanding:

with the Berlin Philharmonic, Wunderlich as Tamino and Fischer-Dieskau as Papageno.
 

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I have two recordings of 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' by R. Strauss.
One with Böhm and one with Karajan. They were recorded the same year, both with the Berlin Philharmonic and with Michel Schwalbé as the solo violin. The one with Karajan is way better than the one with Böhm. Karajan gives the tone-poem a necessary flow and respiration, in his hands it pulsates with emotion. Böhm recording is elephantine and almost dead, compared to the one with Karajan.
This is why I have always awoided recordings with Böhm, but now I read your discussion and see that conductiong colossal late-romantic works is the exact opposite of what he is known for. :-/
I can only hope his recording of Also Sprach Zarathustra is not widespread.
 

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Karajan had a way with Strauss's 'Symphonic Poems', though Bohm's versions of the 'Symphonic Poems' are still classic recordings none-the-less. I have to disagree with a comment made earlier about Bohm's technique, it must have been fabulous or he wouldn't have had the reputation he enjoyed; Pure logic surely!

P. S. People still argue over Knappertsbusch, but he still coducted 'THE' greatest Parsifal!
 

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I have to disagree with a comment made earlier about Bohm's technique, it must have been fabulous or he wouldn't have had the reputation he enjoyed; Pure logic surely!
Have you seen Böhm conducting? I don't think it's just about the technic that makes a good conductor. It is also about the rehersal and interpretation. And at that point Böhm was great.
When I first saw Böhm conduct (on tv) I was very surprised because it was really not precise in any way and I've later read that Christa Ludwig - when Böhm conducted, had to count herself if she was to get her entries right.
 
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If I'm not mistaken, Christa Ludwig sung "Queen of the Night" for the staple recording on EMI with Klemperer and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Prehaps it was in Bohm's interest to not have her direction dictated. I would need to do research to find out whether is technique was in need. But something tells me it followed the general guidelines of the Austro-German tradition of clarity and consistency. Weingartner, Furtwangler, Kempe, E. Kleiber, Knappertsbusch, Klemperer, Bohm, Jochum, Karajan, C. Klieber, Wand. The interesting thing is their obssesion with Austro-Germanic music and their fine contribution to its legacy.
 

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His Beethoven pastoral is simply the best. Also, he's very good on Fidelio and he has a wonderful (and rather slow) 1978 recording of Beethoven's 9th with the VPO, Jessye Norman, and Plácido Domingo that's worth taking a look at.

I've heard that he conducted Berg's Wozzeck. I have no idea if this is true, but it might be worth looking into.
 

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I find his Pastoral just too relaxed.

I first heard Mozart symphonies under his baton (with some cassette recordings). Good memories of interpretations of symphonies such as 34 and 26.
 

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Not to be under estimated or under rated.
A gifted conductor.
The recordings that are definitive from his baton are Beethoven's Fidelio, Mozart's late symphonies and Bruckner's Seventh symphony of 1950 that he conducted with the wiener Symphonie.
 

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His live performances from the 70s and 60s are fantastic. Much faster tempi and fleeter performances then his studio outings with VPO. Especially the horridly slow and relaxed Beethoven/VPO cycle.
 

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Böhm was one of the greatest, and he conducted everything. Check out his Tchaikovsky 4-5-6 with the LSO.
I Saw him many times both in the opera house and in concert. He was at his best in the Austro-Germanic repertoire.
He conducted at the MET for 22 years from 1957 to 1978 and Bayreuth for 10 years where he conducted Tristan, Meistersinger and the Ring with great success. He was equally great conducting Otello at the MET.
His Bruckner was especially good - check out his Great Conductors of the Century release on EMI, there is a marvellous live Bruckner 8 from Cologne.
His legacy is without doubt the complete Mozart Symphonies and almost all the. Operas. His Brahms and Schubert sets are very much worth having.
His Wozzeck on DG with Fischer-Dieskau is a classic.
Many of his classic live concerts with the VPO in Japan are available on Japanese DGG editions - expensive, but worth it.
Also some interesting live material on the Orfeo label.
Great conductor and we are lucky to have. Quite a few rehearsal and performance films from Mozart to Elektra.
 

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Bohm is most famous for being the first conducter to record all 41 of Mozarts symphonies. I would rate him as one of the greatest Mozart interpreters ever. Top man! Also Mozarts wind concertos on Duetsche Grammaphone are worth a butchers!
I completely agree. Take, for example, his reading of Mozart Symphony #40 (Vienna Philharmonic). I have never heard a finer performance.
 

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His live performances from the 70s and 60s are fantastic. Much faster tempi and fleeter performances then his studio outings with VPO. Especially the horridly slow and relaxed Beethoven/VPO cycle.
Love it.................
 
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