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Karajan’s Last Sibelius for EMI, Now on Warner

Jeremy Lee writes

The recordings featured here are Karajan’s last Sibelius recordings, recorded from 1976 to 1981.  Compared to his earlier recordings, be it with the Philharmonia for EMI in the 1950s, or the late 1960s/early 1970s for DG, this set arguably represents Karajan’s Sibelius interpretation at its tried-and-true best. Continue reading



Ein Deutsches Requiem: A comprehensive review

Jeremy Lee writes

After a brief hiatus, here’s Top Ear’s second comprehensive, this time on 12 different recordings of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, purely a labour of love of Brahms’ music.

Just a few of the recordings reviewed here

The work, whose conception and progress was apparently spurred by the notion of Brahms’ mother’s eminent death as well as a work by Schumann of a similar title, remains to this day one of his finest achievements and testimony of his study in counterpoint, as well as one of the Continue reading

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Karajan 1988 Bruckner 8 on Originals!

Music lovers nowadays don’t need to look around themselves to know how much CDs cost. Big labels, such as the two from Universal that dominate the market, set their prices according to clearly defined ranks – from budget to mid-price to full-price – and independent labels always cost a bit more. Certain labels has established themselves by friendlier prices, and there are, of course, those that do the opposite. Budget labels, as Continue reading