Herbert von Karajan - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9


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Of the four Beethoven cycles which Karajan recorded over four decades, the present cycle is undoubtedly at the very top of the list. This cannot alone lie in the sumptuous sound which was both praised and criticized at the time. Rather more, in masterly fashion Karajan places more emphasis on the youthful freshness of the early symphonies, gets right to the heart of the drama in the Third, and allows the multi-layered Fourth to sound stringent and decisive. Powerfully yet without exaggerated, fateful relentlessness, the Fifth plows on towards its triumphant C major finale, while the filigree expansiveness of the Sixth ensures that it is not merely a sugary tonal painting. The Berlin Philharmonic present the Seventh and Eighth at a comparatively breezy pace, while never losing sight of the hidden depths of the score. Finally, we have the glorious sound of the agitated Ninth, sung by the stars of the day, whom the Maestro leads surely and safely – just as his orchestra – through the score.


1. 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
2. 2. Andante cantabile con moto
3. 3. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace)
4. 4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace)
5. 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
6. 2. Larghetto
7. 3. Scherzo (Allegro)
8. 4. Allegro molto
9. 1. Allegro con brio
10. 2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
11. 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
12. 4. Finale (Allegro molto)
13. 1. Adagio - Allegro vivace
14. 2. Adagio
15. 3. Allegro vivace
16. 4. Allegro ma non troppo
17. 1. Allegro con brio
18. 2. Andante con moto
19. 3. Allegro
20. 4. Allegro
21. 1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo
22. 2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso)
23. 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)
24. 4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)
25. 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto
26. 1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
27. 2. Allegretto
28. 3. Presto - Assai meno presto
29. 4. Allegro con brio
30. 1. Allegro vivace e con brio
31. 2. Allegretto scherzando
32. 3. Tempo di menuetto
33. 4. Allegro vivace
34. 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
35. 2. Molto vivace
36. 3. Adagio molto e cantabile
37. 4. Presto -
38. 4. Presto -

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