Karajan's 1963 Beethoven cycle on SACD

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Anand Ramachandran
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Karajan's 1963 Beethoven cycle on SACD

I must confess that for various reasons I have been put off Karajan. However, I am now realizing that this may well be a mistake for early Karajan (pre 1980s) may well have many important things to say. I am now realizing that this may be partly because of the transfers. I just got the 1963 Beethoven cycle on SACD (still available on Amazon) and comparing it with the cd cycle, it sounds as though we have two different conductors. The cd transfers sound strident and brash, the sacd sounds natural. I conclude that Karajan live must have sounded quite different to his recordings. It would be interesting to have a discussion about this especially with fellow audiophiles like Parla. Regards Anand

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