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Weekly Vinyl – Strauss in the house with Die Fledermaus

28 Apr

Die Fledermaus
Wiener Philharmonic, Herbert Von Karajan
(1967)

I could not re got this album from a haul in Switzerland. I’m assuming this because all the notes are in German and the record was made in Germany.
That being said, this is an exquisite recording. I am always amazed when you hear a great recording. I, we, get used to listening to well produced pop, rock, and the like, but on the occasion where you hear the lush, uncompressed nuances of an orchestra playing at its best it is a true revelation. As this is an opera you hear the subtleties of the voices as well. It is truly amazing as the system I am listening to these recordings is quite a long way away from being an audiophile system but these nuances do come through. You can hear the difference.
I know the old Deutsche Grammophon company produced/produces amazing classical recordings. I guess Decca is also a good label to pick up in the bins at garage sales and thrift stores.

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Weekly Vinyl – Tapiola

5 Feb

Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 4 in A Minor, Opus 63
Herbert Von Karajan conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra
(1953)

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It is hard to find the years of some recordings. This one took me a while.
But in my search I found out many things about the composer and his music. This symphony has many nicknames – be that as it may. There are quite a few recordings of this piece. The conductor, Von Karajan recorded a lot of Sibelius music. He, Von Karaja, has over 2,000 recordings to his name and has sold over 200 million records. He was also a member of the Nazi Party back in the day.
But to the recording.
It is fantastic because it is old and very heavy vinyl so there are very few pops or hisses . This is important because the music is quiet. There are passages in this symphony which are so subtle that it is truly amazing. The ear just strains to catch the notes … and as you listen the volume subtly swells to a nice audible peak before subsiding again.
When you play this as background music, you will think that the record has finished or your amp has packed it in. You need to listen to this attentively – it begs and demands it.
A great composition and recording.