These recordings were made between 1949 and 1960, primarily in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra, although a number of items feature the Berlin Philharmonic. A special bonus is the presence of the great Bulgarian bass Boris Christoff in arias by Verdi and Gounod.
These recordings take a richly varied musical tour of Europe and feature music closely identified with Karajan – such as the symphonies and tone poems of Sibelius and Debussy’s La Mer – large-scale showpieces such as Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, and a treasure trove of more unexpected repertoire, such as works by Handel, Chabrier, Granados, Roussel, Respighi, Kodály, Vaughan Williams and Britten.
The Karajan Official Remastered Edition comprises 13 box sets containing official remasterings of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, and which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalogue.
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