Celebrating the legacy of Herbert von Karajan 30 years after his death (on 16th July 1989) his legendary complete Bruckner symphonies with the Berliner Philharmoniker, presented on 9CDs and Blu-ray Audio, are out now. Karajan’s complete Bruckner symphonies have been mastered at 24bit/96kHz from the original analogue sources (NB Bruckner Symphonies 1, 2 and 3 are digital recordings) and the new remastering of Bruckner’s Symphonies 4-9 is also presented as HD/HRA and MfiT audio. These performances are regarded by many as being in a class of their own and are impossible to overrate for their clarity, coherence and unity. Karajan’s complete Tchaikovsky symphonies with the Berliner Philharmoniker, presented on 4CDs and Blu-ray Audio, will be released on 16 July.
Karajan and the Bruckner Symphonies
Karajan’s Bruckner cycle with the Berliner Philharmoniker, recorded between January 1975 and January 1981, is a landmark in the history of Bruckner recording. These recordings are among Karajan’s best performances and are perhaps the most profound Bruckner interpretations ever engraved.
“The music of Bruckner, like that of Sibelius, was loyally served by Herbert von Karajan over more than four decades …Certainly there have been few conductors this century better equipped by background, musicianship, and temperamental predisposition to cope, not only with Bruckner’s orchestral style but also, and more importantly, with his far-flung musical forms and the areas of space, time and spiritual distance they embrace,” observes Richard Osborne in his liner notes.
“A landmark in the history of Bruckner recording” – Gramophone
Gramophone magazine described Karajan’s recording of Bruckner’s Symphony 6 as “ … a wonderful reading it is, as authoritative as its predecessors and every bit as well played but somehow more profound, more humane, more lovable … at its best, the recording surges with an almost animal impulse that recreates the pull of a live performance and puts most recordings – by anyone, including Karajan himself in the shade.”
Furthermore Gramophone stated, “Karajan’s understanding of the slow but powerful currents that flow beneath the surfaces of symphonies like the Fifth or Nos 7-9 has never been bettered, but at the same time he shows how much more there is to be reckoned with: strong emotions, a deep poetic sensitivity … there was a side to [Karajan] that could only be described as ‘visionary’ … A landmark in the history of Bruckner recording.”
Herbert von Karajan
Herbert von Karajan (5 April 1908 – 16 July 1989) defined the art of conducting for millions over the course of his long career. He was the principal conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker for 35 years and is regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century. Under Karajan the Berliner Philharmoniker developed their very own performance culture, characterised by a beauty of sound, virtuosity and perfection.
Bruckner – The Symphonies, recorded by Herbert von Karajan with the Berliner Philharmoniker, is out now and can be bought here.