Celebrating the legacy of Herbert von Karajan 30 years after his death (on 16 July 1989) his recordings of Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2 have been released on 180g vinyl mastered from original sources.
Karajan’s recording of Brahms’ ‘Violin Concerto’, Op. 77
Karajan’s celebrated recording of Brahms’ Violin Concerto, one of the world’s best-loved violin concertos, featuring Anne-Sophie Mutter with the Berliner Philharmoniker, has been reissued on vinyl. Karajan called Mutter “the greatest musical prodigy since the young Menuhin.” Mutter in turn praised Karajan for teaching her “to think the music through to its logical conclusion and impose a sense of direction on it”. Gramophone magazine said, “The achievement of Mutter in partnership with Karajan is the more impressive and compelling, the more I sample it.”
Brahms’ Violin Concerto is one of the most popular of all violin concertos and a favourite of virtuoso violinists. Brahms wrote his only violin concerto for his friend Joseph Joachim, the renowned violinist. The concerto demands tremendous technique from the violinist performing the work.
Karajan’s recording of Grieg’s ‘Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2′ and ‘Sigurd Jorsalfar’
Karajan’s celebrated recording of Greig’s Peer Gynt Suites and Sigurd Jorsalfar with the Berliner Philharmoniker has been reissued on vinyl. Gramophone magazine described the recording as, “Very impressive indeed. Somehow one feels that one could stretch out and touch the players, so vivid is the sound here. Peer Gynt is most beautifully done …there’s no want of atmosphere here – quite the contrary! Not to put too fine a point on it, this is a marvelous recording.”
Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite is one of the composer’s most popular works. The Suite is a selection of compositions from Grieg’s incidental music for Ibsen’s play of the same name and the music was inspired by Norwegian folk music. The best-known movements, including ‘Morning Mood’ and ‘In the Hall Of The Mountain King’, are among the most loved of all short orchestral compositions.
Herbert von Karajan
Herbert von Karajan (5 April 1908 – 16 July 1989) is regarded as one of the greatest conductors of all time. He was the principal conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker for 35 years and, under Karajan, the orchestra developed their very own performance culture, characterised by a beauty of sound, virtuosity and perfection. He is the biggest selling classical artist in recorded music history and has sold over 200 million records. Herbert von Karajan’s legendary discography contains some of the most valued interpretations of the repertoire available.
Brahms’ Violin Concerto, conducted by Herbert von Karajan featuring Anne-Sophie Mutter with the Berliner Philharmoniker, is out now on vinyl and can be bought here.
Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2, conducted by Herbert von Karajan with the Berliner Philharmoniker, is out now on vinyl and can be bought here.