Beethoven, Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker ‎– 9 Symphonien Box

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Like new, probably never been played, Serial number # 360. Early “Alle Herstellen” label

Of all Karajan's Beethoven traversals, this one is the best, and I also believe it serves as a great introduction to Beethoven's symphonies as a whole. Like any interpretation of such well-loved works, there will always be a few points of disagreement, but overall Karajan's vision prevails. And at this price, one can certainly afford to augment this collection here and there with another conductor's interpretation.

Every symphony here bears the trademark Van Karajan clarity and precision, but unlike his later recordings of Beethoven, there is also plenty of fire and passion. I really like the tempos he chooses for the fifth and the seventh (my favorite). Ever since I bought Karajan's 1963 interpretations of these two a number of years ago, I've never really liked any other conductor's treatment of the finales of these two symphonies, Karajan's seem that perfectly done to me. The first, second, fourth, and eighth are all excellent interpretations, and they will remind any listener that, although they are not considered among Beethoven's colossal achievements, perhaps they should be (especially the fourth). While he might have put a bit more bounce into the eighth, which is without doubt Beethoven's jauntiest symphony, I find that's just a minor quibble on my part.

With the third, sixth and ninth, you won't be disappointed by any means, since none of these interpretations is anything but excellent. But after you listen to them for a while and decide that these symphonies are essential to living a long and happy life, you might want to cast around for alternatives to complement Karajan. It's generally acknowledged that Karajan's 1977 recording of the ninth is his best, and that it is among the greatest interpretations of all time. It's also available on a single disk. For the third, Otto Klemperer, hands down. After Karajan heard Klemperer conduct the third in the 1950's, he visited Klemperer backstage to congratulate him and said that he hoped he would live long enough to one day conduct the slow movement of this symphony as well as Klemperer had done it. High praise indeed. For the sixth, either Karl Bohm or Klemperer again.

That said, I think any lover of Beethoven, or anyone just starting out on getting together a Beethoven collection, should have this box set. And it's rare to find such a generous price attached to such a formidable collection

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Deutsche Grammophon ‎– SKL 1/8 Stereo 1963

8 × Vinyl, LP, Box Set


  • Composed By – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Conductor – Herbert von Karajan
  • Engineer – Günter Hermanns
  • Orchestra – Berliner Philharmoniker


Included with the box set is a 12-sheet, 12″ x 12″, perfect bound booklet, featuring biographical information on the performers, background information on Beethoven’s process as well as information on the symphonies themselves. The lyrics to the famous “Ode To Joy” section of the 9th symphony are included also.There is also a 12″ x 12″ 1-sheet insert, which gives the track list for each LP, gives the date on which each symphony was first performed and gives the date on which each symphony was performed/recorded for this release.Recorded at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin on Dec. 1961 (1), Dec. 1961-Jan. 1962 (2), Nov. 1962 (3 & 4), Mar. 1962 (5 & 7), Feb. 1962 (8) and Nov. 1962 (9)

Additional information

Weight 2 kg
LP Condition

Near Mint (NM or M-)

Cover Condition

Near Mint (NM or M-)