Promenade Concert - Karajan
Warner Music (Japan) WPCS-12680
Classical - Orchestral
Waldteufel: Les Patineurs
Johann Strauss II: Tritsch-Tratsch (Polka); Unter Donner und Blitz (Polka schnell)
Johann Strauss I: Radetsky Marsch
Chabrier: Espana; Joyeuse marche
Suppe: Light Calvary (overture)
Weinberger: Polka from Schwanda the Bagpiper
Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphée aux enfers)
Herbert von Karajan
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Comment by Athenaeus - March 24, 2023 (1 of 1)
The first thing we need to talk about is the cover. Folks, never use a top hat as an ice bucket for your champagne! It damages the silk and your hatmaker will probably never want to sell you a hat again if he finds out you did such a thing. Now that we got that out of the way, we can say a few words about the music.
Apparently, this was Karajan's last album with the Philharmonia before he left for Berlin. And what an "auf Wiedersehen" it is! It's all light and entertaining stuff, but the orchestra is on fire and you discover that Karajan could actually rock. The tempos are very fast, but everyone is in tiptop form and the playing is excellent throughout. If you listen to this album and you don't think it's a barrel of fun, I have some sad news: you're boring.
It was recorded in 1960 but the sound is quite good. I had a look on Discogs and it appears this Japanese SACD is the only release that was ever done on a silver disc, which I find surprising. Correct me, though, if I'm wrong.
I bought this album new last month, so it seems there are still a few copies kicking around (it was released in 2014). Get it while you still can!