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Karajan recorded the Complete Symphonies of Beethoven no fewer than 4 times for DG, but this first 1963 recording was financially the most daring, artistically the most radical, and commercially the most successful.

The 1963 Berlin set dazzled like no other, aided in no small measure by the clean, clear, daringly “lit” recordings made in Berlin’s Jesus-Christus-Kirche by the young Günter Hermanns whose debut as Karajan’s principal recording engineer this was.

Now Karajan’s magnificent achievement returns to Vinyl, in a sumptuous 8LP set with hinged lid in grey linen. Numbered, limited edition pressed on 180gsm vinyl by OPTIMAL and mastered from original ATP files. Also includes a 24-page original LP leaflet and liner notes by Richard Osborne.


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