Karl Böhm: Karl Böhm: The Complete Decca Recordings

Karl Böhm: The Complete Decca Recordings

Karl Böhm

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  • Release Date 17 September 2021
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Box Set
Decca Records
"Karl Böhm was one of the most significant conductors of the 20th century. His clear-cut conducting style was characterized by a deep gravity with emphasis on rhythmic, textural and structural clarity. He conducted without any grand gestures or extraneous flourishes. Audiences and listeners were made aware not only of the power of his interpretative ideas but also of his meticulousness and precision. Böhm’s qualities as a conductor were his detail-orientated determination, his flexibly articulated fidelity to the score, his grasp of the bigger picture, his musical temperament and his emotional sovereignty. All of this was, of course, the result of rigorous work in the rehearsal room, where he placed considerable demands on his players. Singers loved him (for the elasticity with which he was able to support and guide them by breathing in perfect time with them), many orchestral players feared him (he could be disagreeable to say the least), but above all, he was respected. In his autobiography ‘Ich erinnere mich ganz genau’ he described in detail his artistic credo: “When I stand in front of an orchestra I try to familiarize the distinct individual artists […] with my ideal image of the score which I shall never achieve, but which I ceaselessly strive to approach. […] One must have a very specific conception of a work of art and convey it in the finest detail to the players at rehearsal, for in art there is nothing that is not important. At the performance itself improvisation or imagination can play a certain part so that the impression of a degree of spontaneity is created. […] As much as I love my profession, there is one thing I am convinced of: how much responsibility the conductor bears at the performance, for it is here that all the threads come together. He decides the tempo, the agogics, in fact the whole atmosphere. […] The most important thing is the will of the composer and the work which is being performed.” This set is the first time his complete recordings for Decca and Philips have been brought together and bears out a style unaffected by fashion or compromise through interpretations of his favourite composers: of Mozart (his “musical patron saint”), Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Richard Strauss, Mahler, Bruckner, Wolf and Weber which earned the epithet “timeless” even in his own lifetime. "
CD 1
1 MOZART Symphonies Nos. 34, 36 & 38 Wiener Philharmoniker  
CD 2
1 MOZART Requiem in D minor Teresa Stich-Randall, Ira Malaniuk, Waldemar Kmentt, Kurt Böhme,  
2 Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Symphoniker  
3 MOZART Symphonies Nos. 26 & 32 Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  
CD 3
1 MOZART Piano Concerto No. 27 Wilhelm Backhaus, Wiener Philharmoniker  
2 BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasia  
3 Hans Richter-Haaser, Teresa Stich Randall, Judith Hellwig, Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Anton Dermota, Erich Majkut, Paul Schöffler,  
4 Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Symphoniker  
CD 4
1 MOZART Symphonies Nos. 39, 40 & 41 Wiener Philharmoniker  
CD 5
1 BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 Friedrich Gulda, Wiener Philharmoniker  
2 BEETHOVEN Piano Concertos No. 3 Wilhelm Backhaus, Wiener Philharmoniker  
CD 6
1 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8  
2 SCHUBERT Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8  
3 Wiener Philharmoniker  
CD 7
1 BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9 “Choral”  
2 Teresa Stich-Randall Orchestra, Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Anton Dermota, Paul Schöffler,  
3 Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Symphoniker  
CD 8-9
1 BRAHMS Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Wilhelm Backhaus, Wiener Philharmoniker  
CD 10 BRAHMS Symphony No. 3
1 WEBER Four Overtures – Euryanthe, Preciosa, “Oberon” & “Peter Schmoll und seine Nachbarn”  
2 Wiener Philharmoniker  
CD 11-12
1 BRUCKNER Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 Wiener Philharmoniker  
CD 13
1 R. STRAUSS Vier Letzte Lieder: Tod und Verklärung* Lisa Della Casa, Wiener Philharmoniker; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra*  
CD 14
1 “Anton Dermota Recital”  
2 MOZART Don Giovanni – “Dalla sua pace” & “Il mio Tesoro intanto” & Die Zauberflöte – “Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön”  
3 R. STRAUSS Capriccio, Op.85 – IV. Szene: “Kein andres, das mir so im Herzen loht”  
4 Anton Dermota, Wiener Philharmoniker  
5 Bonus  
6 SCHUMANN Der Nussbaum, Op. 25 No. 3 & “Die Lotosblume” Op. 25 No. 7  
7 WOLF Mörike-Lieder – Auf ein altes Bild & Der Gärtner  
8 R. STRAUSS Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2 & Zueignung, Op. 10, No. 1  
9 Anton Dermota Hilde Dermota  
10 “Paul Schöffler Recital”  
11 MOZART Le nozze di Figaro – “Non più andrai” & Don Giovanni – “Madamina, il catalogo è questo”  
12 VERDI Otello – Era la notte, Cassio dormie” & “Credo in un Dio crudel”  
13 WAGNER Die Walküre – “Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind”  
14 Paul Schöffler, Wiener Philharmoniker  
CD 15-16
1 MOZART Die Zauberflöte  
2 Hilde Gueden, Emmy Loose, Léopold Simoneau, Walter Berry, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker  
CD 17-19
1 MOZART Le Nozze di Figaro  
2 Sena Jurinac, Rita Streich, Walter Berry, Christa Ludwig, Wiener Staatsopernchor, WS  
CD 20-21
1 MOZART Così fan tutte  
2 Lisa della Casa, Christa Ludwig, Emmy Loose, Anton Dermota, Erich Kunz, Paul Schöffler, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker  
CD 22-23
1 J. STRAUSS II Die Fledermaus  
2 Gundula Janowitz, Renate Holm, Wolfgang Windgassen, Waldemar Kmentt, Eberhard Wächter, Heinz Holecek,  
3 Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker  
CD 24-26
1 R. STRAUSS Die Frau ohne Schatten  
2 Hans Hopf, Leonie Rysanek, Elisabeth Hongen, Paul Schöffler, , Christel Goltz,  
3 Wiener Staatsopernorchester, Wiener Philharmoniker  
4 WAGNER Der Ring Des Nibelungen  
5 Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele  
CD 27-28
1 Das Rheingold  
2 Annelies Burmeister, Wolfgang Windgassen, Theo Adam, Gustav Neidlinger  
CD 29-31
1 Die Walküre  
2 Birgit Nilsson, James King, Leonie Rysanek, Theo Adam, Gerd Nienstedt, Annelies Burmeister  
CD 32-34
1 Siegfried  
2 Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, Erwin Wohlfahrt, Theo Adam, Gustav Neidlinger, Vera Soukupova  
CD 35-38
1 Götterdämmerung  
2 Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, Gustav Neidlinger, Thomas Stewart, Josef Greindl, Vera Soukupova  
3 BRA Blu-ray Audio  
4 BEETHOVEN Der Ring Des Nibelungen (24-bit/96kHz) Wiener Philharmoniker"