Saturday, July 24, 2010

Beethoven - Complete Overtures - Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker 2CD





Recorded when the Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan were in their plush phase, but under a full head of steam, these polished performances of the overtures are a visceral delight. The sensuous, bass-heavy textures and glistening gut-strung string playing are still something to marvel at. So are the outstanding solos in the winds and the potent proclamations of the brass, which had become impressively secure at this point in Karajan's reign, even though their tuning was still problematic. At times the treatment may seem just a bit Prussian and overbearing, and premeditated in effect rather than spontaneous. But the Olympian grandeur of the conceptions and the sense of festive sweep Karajan brings to the readings make this a set one can live with. The three overtures recorded in 1965 seem just a tiny bit fierce in the treble compared with the remainder; otherwise, the venue is the same and the engineering remarkably consistent. The sound is boomy in the louder passages, but there is excellent atmosphere in the quiet ones. --Ted Libbey


2 comments:

  1. Dear Otto, thanks for wonderfull music on your blogspots and radio stations.
    Here occures a problem by downloading: Beethoven - Complete Overtures - Karajan, Berliner Phil.. part5.rar
    and appears following tekst:
    "Sorry, due to an unexpected error the file you are requesting is no longer available. If you are the owner of the file then please upload it again. We apologise for any inconvenience."
    Please, upload this part if is posible.
    Thank You
    Your Dragan from Zrenjanin, Serbia

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