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  • CosmicPi

    Excellent Bruckner cycle. So much power.

    Noviembre 2013
  • A13k5G

    Maestro. [2]

    Agosto 2013
  • Lainemaa

    pls come to brazil

    Mayo 2013
  • deugd


    Abril 2013
  • KeIemvor

    sterile, go with fricsay or furtwangler [2] Soulless.

    Septiembre 2012
  • barrospablito


    Agosto 2012
  • Jagga_Nova


    Enero 2012
  • Seavas

    Listening to the sound of the Berlin Philharmonic during the 40s and 50s under the batons of Fricsay, Lehmann or Markevitch is an impressive testament to Furtwängler's skill as an educator of orchestras: They sound completely different than they do under his baton, Markevitch's Mozart recordings in particular are among the most dramatic, precise and lithe ever (a must-hear for all those who thought the Berlin Philharmonic had no Mozart tradition, just because Furtwängler, Böhm and Karajan were lousy Mozart conductors does not mean the musicians couldn't play it). Compare the sound of the Berlin Philharmonic under the batons of Maazel, Tennstedt and Levine (conductors with vastly different interpretative and sound ideals) during the early 80s: A ruin of an orchestra, incapable of producing anything but Karajan's chubby trademark sound. Abbado gets a lot of shit for diversifying and democratizing their sound once more, I for one think he saved them from eventual obscurity.

    Febrero 2011
  • Tonacatecuhtli

    Listen to Furtwängler, and your opinion will change.

    Enero 2011
  • jets1968

    With Toscanini is my favourite conductor.THE GREATEST!!!!!

    Enero 2011
  • Tonacatecuhtli

    sterile [2]

    Octubre 2010
  • simosauros

    einer der grössten Dirigenten der Neuzeit.. grandios.. [2]

    Octubre 2010
  • ulyssestone

    Complete Karajan Gold in one Spotify playlist:

    Septiembre 2010
  • JayChous


    Agosto 2010
  • Gringo2102

    einer der grössten Dirigenten der Neuzeit.. grandios..

    Agosto 2010
  • Charleyred

    Coherence comes back : )

    Julio 2010
  • Skiye


    Julio 2010
  • Charleyred


    Junio 2010
  • rosmaritbrum

    The best composer..........

    Mayo 2010
  • Ladis1ao

    High-level "master"

    Mayo 2010
  • hjbardenhagen

    Happy New Year everybody, there's a new Conductors group on! ZZee ya there, Hans-Jürgen

    Enero 2010
  • inczo

    ¡Lo máximo, Hervert von Karajan!

    Diciembre 2009
  • Nilson_Neto

    Don't feed the trolls, please. He's my favourite. Beethoven, Bruckner, Brahms & Tchaikovsky? The Karajan's versions are the greatest, simple the best.

    Noviembre 2009
  • realRemox

    so nice

    Noviembre 2009
  • Lizoraga

    By far the one and only the so called hype isn't needed at all as he was an outstanding conductor.

    Noviembre 2009
  • Thornspire

    @Gratis666: Don't blame him for being overhyped, blame the ones who do overhype him. Besides that, he is really a great conductor, but I won't say that he is "the greatest".

    Octubre 2009
  • futaichigo

    Karajan + Tchaikovsky Symphonies CD Box Set... *__*/

    Octubre 2009
  • iantm

    sterile, go with fricsay or furtwangler

    Julio 2009
  • TeodorC

    The best conductor that ever lived!

    Abril 2009
  • __Lis__

    Hello! If you are interested in Russian classical music, you are welcome to listen to my Russian classical radio ( In our Russian classical group ( you are also most welcome!

    Marzo 2009
  • Seavas

    It may have had more than one reason, but money was definitely a factor. I wouldn't call Furtwängler's conducting 'sharp' either, 'sharp' is Toscanini, Kleiber or Leibowitz, but certainly not Furtwängler - as for the Karajan sound, what's wrong with my characterization? It's an artificial sound that leaves no space for meaningful articulation, it's stiff, yet soft-edged. Utterly boring, but just right for the petty bourgeois of the time.

    Enero 2009
  • leerwind

    Of course, Seavas' description of Karajans work in Berlin is completely wrong. He did, of course, not leave because of money, but because of his health and, more importantly, the "divas" in the orchestra. There have been extreme differences between some of the "stars" in the orchestra and Karajan. Berlin soon found out, that they can always find good musicians, but a truly good conductor is hard to find. The musical impact is dead wrong as well, he had no intention in conducting as sharp as Furtwängler, his ideal was a smooth music that leaves out the "playing sounds" of an instrument. That created the much celebrated smoothness and richness of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra.

    Enero 2009
  • Seavas

    To admire Karajan as a conductor one has to look past his questionable personality and far back into his career, where he did great things with Wagner, Strauss, Verdi and other composers from the late-Romantic period, but from the 60s on he began to cultivate his trademark sound - warm, bulky, edgeless. Kitschy, one might say. Compare the recording of Beethoven's Seventh from the 50s with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the one from the 60s with the Berlin Philharmonic, especially the second and fourth movements: While the 60s one still has more grit and character than those that would follow, the march rhythm of the second movement is grossly disfigured, the fourth movement lacks the gravity, the constant struggle between the high and the lower strings, irritating notes thrown in by the brass – Karajan brushes over the edges of Beethoven's music and suppresses many of the secondary voices. He was a superficial conductor, and while some composers profit from surface polish, most do not.

    Noviembre 2008
  • Seavas

    I agree, as there are far better reasons to dislike Karajan: He was a spineless, self-serving opportunist who always aligned himself with those currently in power. He amassed one of the greatest fortunes of any recording artist, estimated between 300 and 400 billion dollar. He drove up the performance fees for classical music like no one before and after him, monopolized several orchestras at once and ceaselessly played out different record labels against each other to maximality his profits. Just before his death he even resigned from the leadership of the Berlin Philharmonic because he was dissatisfied with his revenues and planned to leave the Deutsche Grammophon in favor of the better-paying Sony company. He was a materialist, a populist and an opportunist. But he was also an authoritarian perfectionist – he certainly was a great conductor in his earlier years, but he was not the be-all-end-all conductor he and his Deutsche Grammophon marketing team made him out to be.

    Noviembre 2008
  • systemino

    Karajan's Mozart's Requiem is fantastic.

    Octubre 2008
  • DiosaCoronada

    Karajan Forever !

    Septiembre 2008
  • 0x13

    Junio 2008
  • eleaveyou

    I for example would prefer that my beethoven tracks conducted by Karajan be scrobbled (is that the word?) as Beethoven tracks. But I guess it's up to me to change tags

    Abril 2008
  • wmigda

    dear all, for probably 100% of the listed tracks Karajan was a conductor, not a composer. According to the classical music tagging rules the performer shall be set to the composer name. Please correct that. For assistance refer to

    Febrero 2008
  • bluack

    VampyreAngel: plz listen to the Vivaldi's Four Season conducted by Von Karajan, and then from some other, ordinary let's say, conductor: the full emotion brought up by the Von Karajan interpretation is an unforgettable experience, while quite often the same music is rendered deprivrd of its profound soul. Enjoy.

    Diciembre 2007
  • Amina172

    Octubre 2007
  • ddedd

    I don't think so. Conductors interpretation is different from original and that's what makes Karajan great conductor. Sorry for my english (ponglish:D)

    Septiembre 2007
  • VampyreAngel

    Herbert Von Karajan is not an artist. All these tracks should be scrobbled under the name of the artist, not the conductor!

    Agosto 2007
  • bugbarbecue

    one of the best

    Mayo 2007
  • Trajanas

    I don't think so. He's the one, orchestra understand in a single move. And there IS the difference of a masterpiece that conducts Herbert von Karajan, and the one conducted by smth else

    Enero 2007
  • Ollemann

    Might be overrated, he still rocks my socks!

    Diciembre 2006
  • Alucard89


    Noviembre 2006