Monday, April 01, 2013

Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic
"Karajan Conducts Overtures" (Vinyl)

There was an age of high interest in the late-romantic German composers where the music of Wagner and Mahler was the crowning jewel in western music tradition.  It was during this time that Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic rose to prominence with their lush interpretations of these composer's music.

This is an early Angel recording (odd, because I don't think I've ever seen Karajan on anything other than a Deutsche Grammophon recording) from the 60's.  The cover photo has nothing to do with the recording; in fact, I'm not even sure that is the Berlin Phil pictured on the cover.  I'm 90% sure it's the Hollywood Bowl amphitheater, so many other questions can be raised.

The Philharmonic plays through a set of standard overtures on this recording: "Der Freischutz," "The Flying Dutchman" and "Lohengrin." In fact the only thing outside of the late Germanic tradition is Mendelssohn's "Hebrides" overture.

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