5 April 2008 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Herbert von Karajan, the legendary Austrian-born conductor who achieved a position of musical supremacy as director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra that made him one of the most famous and celebrated conductors of the second half of the twentieth century. While the majority of his symphonic recordings were made for Deutsche Grammophon, von Karajan also recorded for Decca and EMI during the 1950s and 1960s. This set is reissued to mark this momentous anniversary and contains all of his orchestral recordings made with the Vienna Philharmonic for Decca during the late 1950s/early 1960s.
Seit der Gründung im Jahr 1981 ist es der Wunsch des Ensembles, dem Publikum mit kontrastreichen Programmen die vielfältigen Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten der Bläserbesetzung näherzubringen.
Mit brillanten Arrangements Strauß'scher Kompositionen knüpft "Art of Brass" an die im 19. Jahrhundert übliche Praxis an, bekannte Kompositionen für die damals sehr beliebten Freiluftkonzerte mit Militärmusiken zu bearbeiten. Die Werke von Johann Strauß Sohn und seiner Zeit, sowie die Weiterentwicklung der wienerischen Musik bis hin zu Fritz Kreisler werden hier in unprätentiösen, kammermusikalischen Bearbeitungen realisiert, die auf bodenständigen Traditionen beruhen.
"Between 1980 and his death in 1989, Herbert von Karajan recorded the incredible amount of 78 CDs worth of orchestral and choral music for DGG. In the final decade of his creative life, he made quintessential recordings of major works he had not recorded before: Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable” and Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony. Among the highpoints of Karajan’s late years is the major part of his collaboration with Anne-Sophie Mutter, the “wunderkind” Karajan discovered in the late 1970s and mentored throughout the 1980s.
5CD Box Set The Anniversary Edition by James Last was released in 2009 by Universal Music GmbH. James Last was a German composer and big band leader of the James Last Orchestra. Initially a jazz bassist, his trademark "happy music" made his numerous albums best-sellers in Germany and the United Kingdom, with 65 of his albums reaching the charts in the UK alone…
"James Last is a German big band leader with a large fan base in Europe, although he has never had a comparable following in the United States. Last's trademark is arranging pop hits in a big-band style; his series of "party albums" is equally well-known. Over the course of his career, he has sold well over 50 million albums."