Karajan: First CD releases, ICA Classics

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Karajan: First CD releases, ICA Classics

Post by Lance » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:05 pm

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ICA Classics, 2 CDs, 57:30, 72:02 Mono only

FIRST CD RELEASES! [BBC Recordings, Licensed to ICA]

Von Karajan recorded just about everything. Sometimes, however, due to contractual reasons, collaborative artists could not be issued. Such is the case with one selection on this double set: Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K488. Karajan was tied to EMI and/or DGG while the pianist, Clara Haskil, was tied to Philips. Karajan and Haskil enjoyed a unique friendship and he held her in the highest esteem. So, for Haskil fans, this will be a most welcome release. Normally, we might not pair these two artists together because of their diverse personalities. It is good to have this on CD.

Other selections include:
Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36
Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole
Mozart's Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385 {Haffner}
Mozart's Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K551 {Jupiter}

All feature the Philharmonia Orchestra (London) and were recorded live, Royal Festival Hall in 1955 and 1956.
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Re: Karajan: First CD releases, ICA Classics

Post by maestrob » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:32 pm

Modern full-fidelity sound was implemented starting in 1954, whether in mono or stereo. I'm sure these recordings are therefore of the best quality, as were Clara Haskil's complete set of Philips recordings (which I have). Haskil & HVK together would be quite a match. This looks like a must-have, Lance! Again, thanks are due.

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