Smetana, Liszt, and Sibelius

One of my favorite CD recordings features Bedrich Smetana's The Moldau, Franz Liszt's Les Preludes, and Jean Sibelius' Finlandia.  What a line up of great music.  This is a Deutsche Grammophon recording of Herbert von Karajan conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Here is a positive review of this recording.

"Herbert Von Karajan's recording of these famous compositions by Smetana, Sibelius and Liszt is excellent. This Deutsche Grammophon 1983 issue is one of the few Karajan DDD discs that I own, but it rates as one of my favorites.

Smetana's Vltava (The Moldau) is wonderfully conducted. Under Karajan's direction, the Vltava sounds both idyllic and majestic. Sibelius' Finlandia, another landmark composition, receives equal treatment under the German conductor. Karajan's translation of Sibelius' famous piece is somber yet bold. He also provides a solid and enjoyable rendition of Sibelius's Pelleas et Melisande. And Karajan's interpretation of Liszt's Les Preludes is equally enjoyable. While Liszt didn't write many epic compositions for orchestra, this particular tome poem certainly ranks as one of his most exciting pieces. And in Karajan's hands, its power and beauty have been seamlessly intertwined.

This DG compilation is a great disc, and at a bargain price, it is definitely worth owning. The DG sound quality is first rate as expected, and the Berliner Philharmoniker under Karajan once again turns in another exciting, vibrant performance. For people unfamiliar with the three composers on this disc, this is a great place to start. This disc brings together their most famous works, and under Karajan they each sound great."

About Lowell

Retired physics teacher. My hobbies are photography, reading and classical music. And my latest hobby - taking care of my dog, Kipling.