Herbert von Karajan: Sibelius 1976-1981 (4 CDs)
For many, Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) – hailed early in his career as ‘Das Wunder Karajan’ (The Karajan Miracle) and known in the early 1960s as ‘the music director of Europe’ – remains the ultimate embodiment of the maestro. The release of the Karajan Official Remastered Edition over the first half of 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the conductor’s death in July 1989 at the age of 81.
He was closely associated with EMI for the majority of his recording career (specifically from 1946 to 1960 and then again from 1969 to 1984). EMI’s legendary producer Walter Legge sought him out in Vienna just after World War II and the long relationship that ensued embraced recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia (the orchestra founded by Legge), the Berlin Philharmonic (of which Karajan became ‘conductor for life’ in 1955), the forces of La Scala, Milan, and the Orchestre de Paris.
The Karajan Official Remastered Edition will feature primarily symphonic and choral music. The entire edition will comprise recordings remastered from the original sources in 24-bit/96kHz at Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most renowned recording studio.
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39
Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43
En Saga, Op. 9
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: The Swan of Tuonela (No. 2)
Karelia Suite, Op. 11
Finlandia, Op. 26
Tapiola, Op. 112
Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63
Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1