Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Herbert von Karajan
Walter Legge's series of post-war recordings with Herbert von Karajan
in Vienna are the stuff of which legends are made and this all-Mozart disc
is a particular triumph. As Richard Osborne tells us in his magnificent
book dedicated to the conductor, Karajan's Mozart was a striking balance
between speed and an inner control of the emotions.
There is much wistful longing in this beautifully poised recording of
the Symphony No. 39, which carries all before it in dramatic transfiguration
of the highest degree. The sound is expertly remastered whilst the playing
of the war ravaged VPO is beyond compare. The symphony is shorn of repeats
although that does not detract from the enjoyment of the music.
EMI have prefaced the disc with two showpieces in the breakneck Overture
to 'Le Nozze di Figaro' and another wistful performance of 'Eine Kleine',
a work to which Karajan returned later and with more insights. Leopold Wlach's
playing in the moving Clarinet Concerto is superb and creates a satisfying
partnership with Karajan.
Copyright © Gerald Fenech, March
|MOZART: Overture: Le Nozze di Figaro, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,
Clarinet Concerto, Symphony No. 39.
Herbert Von Karajan
EMI Karajan Edition CDM 566-388-2
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