Top 10 Karajan recordings

Gramophone Thu 10th July 2014

Herbert von Karajan was the first artist to be inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame. Here are 10 of his most outstanding recordings

No 1

Beethoven Symphonies Nos 1-9

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Karajan

'How anyone could listen to these performances and then say that Karajan...'  Read review

No 2

Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Sols; Staatskapelle Dresden / Karajan

'When this set first appeared Andrew Porter...' Read review 

No 3

Strauss Four Last Songs

Janowitz sop Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Karajan

'Three celebrated Karajan recordings of...' Read review

No 4

Strauss Salome

Sols; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Karajan

'Karajan’s reading of this seminal work has always been noted for its glorious sensuousness...' Read review

No 5

Schoenberg Pelleas und Melisande

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Karajan

'For all its length, this is a tightly-argued score, and Karajan, taking...' Read review

No 6

Prokofiev Symphony No 5

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Karajan

'Karajan’s 1968 Prokofiev Fifth is a great...' Read review

No 7

New Year's Concert, 1987

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Karajan

'A splendid and indispensable issue for all admirers of Karajan and Johann...' Read review

No 8

Strauss Der Rosenkavalier

Sols; Philharmonia Chorus and Orch / Karajan

'A landmark in the history of the gramophone, Karajan’s 1956 EMI recording of...' Read review

No 9

Verdi Falstaff

Sols; Philharmonia Chorus and Orch / Herbert von Karajan

'After one has grown up with a much-loved recording, no other ever seems to match it. That is the...' Read review

No 10 

Wagner Parsifal

Sols; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Karajan

'Great pains have evidently been taken about balance, and indeed about the acoustic...' Read review

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