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Stephen D Chakwin Jr
American Record Guide, November 2016

The Bach performances are from 1967–68. They are very good examples of post-war German Bach playing. It sounds beautiful, is very serious, and is a little heavy to ears used to more dance-driven Bach or the transparency of old instruments. It’s not lush-toned. It’s not rhetorical. It has a kind of purity and cleanness that’s engaging. The superb flute soloist is Karlheinz Zöller, whose life is worth a digression. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



audiotechnique, November 2016

Captured on camera, Karajan expresses stories with his hands. Wonderful. © 2016 audiotechnique



Ian Lace
MusicWeb International, August 2016

This video shows the maestro in rehearsal, in concert and with personalities like Clouzot. Karajan is constantly to the fore. …I was touched by the video footage of a withered Karajan, filmed not long before he died, conducting Johann Strauss II with quite breath-taking beauty for a New Year’s concert in Vienna. He must have known this would be his first and his last. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, June 2016

If any conductor was an expert of concert videos, it was Herbert von Karajan. This film shows how the Maestro become such an expert. Unlike the previous DVD release from Arthaus Musik, the Blu-ray contains Bach performances from 1267/68, outstandingly filmed by François Reichenbach. © 2016 Pizzicato





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