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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (2008/1978)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (2008/1978)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (2008/1978)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.12 Gb (DVD9) | 79 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Herbert von Karajan conducted Brahms's choral masterpiece frequently throughout his long career, but only once on film and with both of these outstanding soloists. This unique document from the 1978 Salzburg Easter Festival was acclaimed by Diapason as "a magical interpretation, prodigiously realized … with a sublime fusion of timbres, a cohesion and, ultimately, a simplicity that are truly unequalled."

Rafael Kubelik, Chor und Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1992)

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Rafael Kubelik, Chor und Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1992)

Rafael Kubelik, Chor und Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,51 Gb | Total time: 04:58:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Myto Records | # 4 MCD 925.69 | Recorded: 1967

Featuring a true golden-age cast, this 1967 Radio Broadcast hums and bubbles with invigorating warmth and unquenchable passion under the sprightly baton of Rafael Kubelik. Thomas Stewart is a intelligent Sachs, who brings real weight and power to the great Act III monologue but who retains real lyricism for the role's more tender moments. It would be inconceivable that Gundula Janowitz's creamy-voiced Eva would pass him over if it were not for the ardent, fiery Walther of Sándor Kónya, who gives voice to an ethereal rendition of the Prize song. Thomas Hemsley is an nuanced Beckmesser thankfully devoid of caricature, and Franz Crass is a warm, fatherly Pogner. Brigitte Fassbaender may be the most sensuous Magdalena on record, and is paired expertly by the great Gerhard Unger, at his considerable best as David.

Karl Bohm, Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor - Mozart: Requiem [2005/1971]

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Karl Bohm, Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor - Mozart: Requiem [2005/1971]

Karl Bohm, Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor - Mozart: Requiem [2005/1971]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.45 Gb (DVD9) | 64 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Latin, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Karl Böhm conducting the Requiem: one of the foremost Mozart conductors of the 20th century in one of Mozart’s most admired works. Singers Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Peter Schreier and Walter Berry join forces to form a brilliant cast of soloists. Taped in 1971 at the Piaristenkirche in Vienna, this is a rare document of outstanding artistic quality.

Claudio Abbado, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Mass K. 139 "Waisenhaus-Messe" (2006)

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Claudio Abbado, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Mass K. 139 "Waisenhaus-Messe" (2006)

Claudio Abbado, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Mass K. 139 "Waisenhaus-Messe" (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 223 Mb | Total time: 45:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 428 255-2 | Recorded: 1975

Mozart wrote two major masses as a boy: the easy-going Domincus Mass (K 66) and the Waisenhaus Mass in C Minor (K 139 / 47a). The latter was misdated by Köchel; it was thought to be too mature for the mass that Mozart was known to have composed for the imperial orphanage in 1768 (Mozart's trumpet concerto which was premièred at the same event is sadly lost). When the attribution became surer, accusations were made that Leopold had contributed to its composition. Whatever the truth of the matter be, it's miraculous. As evocative as the three-part Kyrie is, the Crucifixus and Agnus Dei could pass muster if tacked on to the torso of the Mass in C Minor, K 427 (the latter is lacking these two sections). Unlike his later missae, the Waisenhaus Mass follows the Neapolitan format where the Gloria and Credo feature extensive arias.

Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz - Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus (2007/1972)

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Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz - Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus (2007/1972)

Karl Böhm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz - Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus (2007/1972)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.92 Gb (DVD9) | 137 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol

“A glittering account of the most perfect of all operettas, with an incredibly starry cast, all in peak condition. Karl Böhm's conducting is relaxed but sparkling.” (BBC Music Magazine)

Eugen Jochum, Chor und Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana, Catulli Carmina (1989)

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Eugen Jochum, Chor und Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana, Catulli Carmina (1989)

Eugen Jochum, Chor und Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana, Catulli Carmina (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 493 Mb | Total time: 77:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 427 878-2 | Recorded: 1967

this recording of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana was authorized by the composer himself. It follows, therefore, that the present recording met with the high requirements of the composer himself and so represents an unusual collector's item. Orff intended not just to copy the medieval lyrics but to express the mood of that era. His highly rhythmic compositional style reflects the archaic character of the vocal line. The listener experiences not only the vital primordial pulse of the music in this thrilling interpretation but also the mystery of Fate through the tender lyrical passages. Orff's homage to wine, women and song of the Middle Ages, closely bound up with spring and love, is supported by balanced and precise sound technology. The listener is spirited away to the musical world of Carmina Burana by this recording.

Leonard Bernstein, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Gundula Janowitz, Rene Kollo - Beethoven: Fidelio [2006/1978]

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Leonard Bernstein, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Gundula Janowitz, Rene Kollo - Beethoven: Fidelio [2006/1978]

Leonard Bernstein, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Gundula Janowitz, René Kollo - Beethoven: Fidelio [2006/1978]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 7.57 Gb (DVD9) | 147 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

“A performance simply crackling with excitement from the Wiener Staatsoper in 1978, conducted by Leonard Bernstein and featuring sublime performances from Gundula Janowitz as Leonore, René Kollo as Florestan, and Lucia Popp as Marzelline. The celebrated quartet, Mir ist so wunderbar, is nothing short of exquisite.” (James Longstaffe, Presto Classical)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Haydn: Die Schöpfung (1991)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Haydn: Die Schöpfung (1991)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Haydn: Die Schöpfung (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 558 Mb | Total time: 57:53+51:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 435 077-2 | Recorded: 1966-1969

Herbert von Karajan recorded between 1966 and 1968 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and a cast of stars this reference version of 'The Creation' by Joseph Haydn.
After a legendary concert given in 1965 in Salzburg, Herbert von Karajan entered the studio a few months later to record Haydn's masterpiece with the same lead singers, Fritz Wunderlich and Gundula Janowitz. Almost completed in 1966, the recording was abruptly interrupted by the accidental and tragic death of Fritz Wunderlich at the age of 35, on September 17, 1966. The sessions then resume with a young tenor, Werner Krenn, who replaces Wunderlich on the songs. recitatives in particular.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten (1988)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten (1988)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 659 Mb | Total time: 79:16+74:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | CMS 7 69224 2 | Recorded: 1972

Die Jahreszeiten, or The Seasons, is not as well loved as Haydn's other late oratorio, The Creation; here Haydn tried to force pastoral imagery – by 1801 a set of ideas that had been musically rehashed for centuries – into his late and in many respects proto-Romantic musical language. He resented, he wrote to a correspondent, having to compose "French trash" at one point in the score that called for frog sounds, and the score contains a menagerie of other rustic creatures and sounds – shepherds, shepherdesses, horn calls, birds, trees, bees, herbs, fish, roosters, rifle shots, thunder and lighting, stags, sunrises, and sunsets, among others. Yet the work is a strange mixture of cute and exultant.

Helmut Koch, Rundfunk-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Handel: Judas Maccabaus (1996)

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Helmut Koch, Rundfunk-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Handel: Judas Maccabaus (1996)

Helmut Koch, Rundfunk-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Handel: Judas Maccabaus (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 809 Mb | Total time: 78:21+77:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | 0091122BC | Recorded: 1966

Oratorios were to become Handelís favorite form of composition from the late 1730ís onward, and of the impressive series of works written during the last two decades of his life the oratorio Judas Maccabaeus was the most successful of this genre, eclipsing even The Messiah in popularity. Handel and librettist Reverend Thomas Morell drew upon the story of the revolt of the Israelites in 168 B.C. against the decree of Antiochus IV forbidding the practice of their religion, focusing on Judas Maccabaeus, the fearless supreme commander in the battle for freedom.

Gundula Janowitz, Irwin Gage - Schubert: Lieder (1997)

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Gundula Janowitz, Irwin Gage - Schubert: Lieder (1997)

Gundula Janowitz, Irwin Gage - Schubert: Lieder (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:03:57 | 496 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 453 082-2

Gundula Janowitz possessed one of those voice which provoke in the listener an instant thrill of recognition. Her sound is pure, true and fluting, of extraordinary power and penetration and enormous ease of production - which you can see if you watch a film of her singing; there is no sign of extraneous tension anywhere. Apparently not everyone responds to the almost unearthly beauty of her timbre - some seem to find it cold - but for me she is one of the very greatest sopranos, with a range spanning Bach to Wagner and equal facility in opera and Lieder. There are two DG double CD volumes of Schubert Lieder in which she is accompanied by her long-term artistic partner, American pianist Irwin Gage and both are indispensable.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7, 8 & 9 (2005/1968)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7, 8 & 9 (2005/1968)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7, 8 & 9 (2005/1968)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.79 Gb (DVD9) | 124 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

With the Berliner Philharmoniker under Herbert von Karajan, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony resounds with melodic force, the Eighth is a masterful blend of grace and wit, and the Ninth - directed by Karajan himself - is a vital and explicitly dramatic reading of Beethoven's revolutionary work.

Karl Richter, Munchener Bach-Orchester, Munchener Bach-Chor - Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium (1988)

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Karl Richter, Munchener Bach-Orchester, Munchener Bach-Chor - Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium (1988)

Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester, Münchener Bach-Chor - Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 781 Mb | Total time: 58:31+56:31+48:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | # 427 236-2 | Recorded: 1965

Karl Richter's performance dates from 1965, since when it has seldom been out of the catalogue. It is in an entirely different class… Richter's Munich Bach Choir were at a peak at this time and the results are often quite exciting. Under Richter's direction the ''Ehre sei dir, Gott'' chorus…is appropriately lustig with wonderfully light-hearted singing and orchestral playing… [T]he arias with Gundula Janowitz and Fritz Wunderlich…[are] of a calibre which will always ensure considerable enjoyment…
– Nicholas Anderson

Karl Richter, Munchener Bach-Orchester, Munchener Bach-Chor - Bach: Messe in h-moll (2006/1969)

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Karl Richter, Munchener Bach-Orchester, Munchener Bach-Chor - Bach: Messe in h-moll (2006/1969)

Karl Richter, Münchner Bach-Orchester, Münchner Bach-Chor - Bach: Messe in h-moll (2006/1969)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.58 Gb (DVD9) | 129 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Latin, Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Karl Richter leads a star line-up of soloists including Gundula Janowitz and Hermann Prey in Bach's enduring В minor Mass, a majestic work that showcases Bach's supreme craftsmanship and skill as a choral composer.

Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz, Rene Kollo, Edita Gruberova - Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2007/1978)

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Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz, Rene Kollo, Edita Gruberova - Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2007/1978)

Karl Böhm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz, René Kollo, Edita Gruberova - Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2007/1978)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.02 Gb (DVD9) | 127 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This DVD of Ariadne is a 1978 film based on Filippo Sanjust’s Vienna State Opera production. The bustling Prologue is set in the backstage area of the mogul’s palace and the 18th century costumes fit neatly. In the opera proper, the stage is transformed into a very stagey desert island with an improbable set of stairs leading to the heroine’s cave, the action spilling over into the theatre’s side boxes at times. While there’s nothing particularly imaginative about the production, it never distracts from the main event–the music. Strauss was profligate in his melodic gifts, his ability to make a reduced orchestra sound big, and his wonderful obsession with the female voice, which yields many glorious moments in the opera. Lavish casting helps.