Herbert Von Karajan Classic Archive

Wiener Singverein, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Mozart: Requiem In D Minor, K.626 (1976) Reissue 2002

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem In D Minor, K.626 (1976) Reissue 2002
Anna Tomowa-Sintow (soprano), Agnes Baltsa (contralto), Werner Krenn (tenor), José van Dam (bass)
Wiener Singverein, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Herbert von Karajan
Recording: Berlin, 9/1975

EAC | APE | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 471 639-2 | Time: 00:53:12

Between 1961 and 1986, Herbert von Karajan made three recordings of the Mozart Requiem for Deutsche Grammophon, with little change in his conception of the piece over the years. This recording, from 1975, is, on balance, the best of them. The approach is Romantic, broad, and sustained, marked by a thoroughly homogenized blend of chorus and orchestra, a remarkable richness of tone, striking power, and an almost marmoreal polish. Karajan viewed the Requiem as idealized church music rather than a confessional statement awash in operatic expressiveness. In this account, the orchestra is paramount, followed in importance by the chorus, then the soloists. Not surprisingly, the singing of the solo quartet sounds somewhat reined-in, especially considering these singers' pedigrees. By contrast, the Vienna Singverein, always Karajan's favorite chorus, sings with a huge dynamic range and great intensity, though with an emotional detachment nonetheless. Perfection, if not passion or poignancy, is the watchword. The Berlin orchestra plays majestically, and the sound is pleasingly vivid.
Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Schubert: Symphonie No. 9 & Rosamunde Ballet Music (1978/2013) [24/96]

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Schubert: Symphonie No. 9 & Rosamunde Ballet Music (1978/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 68:12 minutes | 1.18 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

There are those who would argue that the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan was a magnificent instrument for the later Romantics Brahms, Bruckner, Wagner, and Strauss. There are others, however, who would argue that Karajan and the BPO were too magnificent for the earlier Romantics Mendelssohn, Schumann, and especially Schubert. They would say that the lushly, plushly, voluptuously sensual sound of the BPO simply overwhelmed the lighter, brighter, and more lyrical early Romantics. And while a few might concede that the BPO may be acceptable in Mendelssohn’s Italian or Schumann’s Rhenish, even they would say that they were all wrong for Schubert.
Mstislav Rostropovich, Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - R. Strauss: Don Quixote (1976/2017) [24/96]

Mstislav Rostropovich, Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - R. Strauss: Don Quixote (1976/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 43:49 minutes | 781 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Commanding the podium with his slender figure, theatrical shock of hair and penetrating blue eyes, Herbert von Karajan projected the hieratic image of the conductor as officiant of some quasi-mystic rite. And anyone who ever saw him conduct live or on his many audiovisual recordings will agree that in his performances, music did indeed become a religion and Karajan its high-priest. Karajan (1908-1989) embodied classical music in the general consciousness as an epoch-making conductor, media star, opera producer, festival director and festival founder.
Alexis Weissenberg, Herbert von Karajan - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Franck: Symphonic Variations (1973/2012) [24/96]

Alexis Weissenberg, Herbert von Karajan - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Franck: Symphonic Variations (1973/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 54:06 minutes | 1.03 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

A recording made in September 1972 which has never ranked very highly by admirers of either artist, but i found much to enjoy here. Karajan never seemed particularly engaged as an accompanist for pianists - the main prosecution witness could be his dire conducting for Christoph Eschenbach's DG recording of Beethoven's First Concerto, but he was a firm admirer of Weissenberg and their collaboration works pretty well.
Herbert von Karajan & Berlin Philharmonic - Herbert von Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker (2017)

Herbert von Karajan & Berlin Philharmonic - Herbert von Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 08:08:26 | 1.10 GB
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Release Year: 2017

One of his peculiarities was that he usually conducted concerts with his eyes closed, vexing many orchestra musicians. However, through Karajan’s intense rehearsals they were thoroughly prepared for performances. “His philosophy was that everything the orchestra needs had to happen beforehand,” the string bassist Rudolf Watzel recalled. Under Herbert von Karajan the Berliner Philharmoniker developed their very own performance culture, characterised by a beauty of sound, enchanting legati, virtuosity and perfection. He preferred to concentrate on the classical-romantic repertoire: Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Strauss. In addition, he devoted himself to the Second Viennese School and leading composers of the early 20th century like Ravel, Stravinsky and Debussy, taking occasional excursions into the contemporary era with works by Messiaen and Henze, even Penderecki.
Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 & Overtures (1951-1955/2014) [24/96]

Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 & Overtures (1951-1955/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 365:49 minutes | 5,02 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

This recording presents Karajan's first (and probably most thrilling) recording of the complete Beethoven Symphonies, made in the early 1950s with London's recently-founded Philharmonia Orchestra. The recording of the 9th Symphony is available here in stereo for the very first time, taken from original unreleased tapes.
Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra - Promenade Concert (1961/1980/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra - Promenade Concert (1961/1980/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 46:17 minutes | 997 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Herbert von Karajan leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in performing works by Waldteufel, J. Strauss I & II, Chabrier, Weinberger, and Offenbach.
Leontyne Price, Wiener Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan - Puccini: Tosca (1963/2017) [TR24][OF]

Leontyne Price, Wiener Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan - Puccini: Tosca
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 112:44 min | 2.44 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Decca | Tracks: 29 | Rls.date: 1963/2017

The dramas of Victorien Sardou, in the last decades of the nineteenth century, were as popular in Italy as they were in France. French companies, therefore, could tour the Italian theatres and attract large audiences willing to ignore any language barrier. Giacomo Puccini knew hardly any French when he went to see Sardou’s La Tosca in Milan in 1890, and yet he apparently enjoyed himself. Actually, he may have gone to the theatre — like a majority of the Milanese public — not so much to see the play as to admire its star, the forty-five-year-old Sarah Bernhardt, to whom La Tosca is dedicated and for whom it was written.
Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Karajan Conducts Wagner Vol. 1 (1958/2012) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Karajan Conducts Wagner Vol.1 (1958/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 52:36 minutes | 997 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Renowned conductor Herbert von Karajan leads the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra through treasured pieces by Wagner. This essential release includes “Tannhauser: Overture”, “Tannhauser: Venusberg Music”, “Lohengrin: Prelude (Act I)” and “Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebstod”.
Herbert von Karajan & Adrian Boult - Holst - Les Planetes (2016) {Les indispensables de Diapason}

Herbert von Karajan & Adrian Boult - Holst - Les Planetes (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork | 383 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 207 mb
Classical, Orchestral | Label: Les indispensables de Diapason / No. 82

Although best remembered for his devotion to the core Austro-Germanic repertoire, Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan did flirt with the English repertoire in the '50s and early '60s.