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Stephen Francis Vasta
MusicWeb International, October 2018

The Festival Hall performance resembles that last studio recording in its comparatively flowing manner. The first movement [of Symphony No. 7], with a clean attack on the opening tremolo, offers full-throated cellos; open, airy textures; and clear, firm tuttis. Karajan’s attention to detail is welcome: the low strings are balanced subtly forward when they carry the themes; the violins’ answering phrases in the agitated minor-key passage after 10:50 are shapely. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Rob Cowan
Gramophone, September 2013

The playing [of Symphony No 7] is simply superb…the Scherzo’s Trio proves a telling place to sample, as does the broad arch of the first movement’s coda and the same movement’s mighty closing pages…I’m tempted to nominate Karajan’s Jupiter Symphony from the same concert as the CD double-pack’s musical highlight, principally for the profound insights that Karajan brings to the Andante cantabile, its lunging basses and breathlessly chattering violins especially, and a finale that goes off like a rocket and holds the tension right up until the symphony’s triumphant conclusion. A little too much to resist, that—just about the best of Karajan’s Bruckner and the best of his Mozart, all on one double CD. Don’t hesitate. © Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Laurence Vittes
The Huffington Post, August 2013

This April 6, 1962 concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall caught the Karajan Vienna Philharmonic connection at one of the heights of its glory…you can hear in these live recordings how awesome the Vienna Phil was in person, how deep and rich its sound, and how persuasive the musical message that they and Karajan so smoothly, so unfailingly delivered. To hear the cellos rise out of the mists at the beginning of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, or to hear how Karajan and the orchestra build up the fugue block by elegant, powerful block in the last movement of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony are awesome moments in musical history. This 2-CD set preserves the exact concert… © 2013 The Huffington Post Read complete review





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