Wiener Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan – Richard Strauss
A Pro-Ject Records Exclusive-Release!
Setting the Standard in Analogue Purity
Hallmark Recordings of the Vienna Philharmonic re-issued by Pro-Ject Audio Systems: “Analogue only” sets the Standard of Sound Quality.
The new vinyl edition of the Vienna Philharmonic on Pro-Ject Audio Systems is being transferred directly from the original tapes of Deutsche Grammophon and Decca, with no intermediate digital processing. Heinz Lichtenegger, owner and mastermind of Pro-Ject Audio Systems, is not only an avid music-lover in his private life. Over the years he has emerged as one of the most vocal international proponents of the analogue audio world. Out of his admiration for the Vienna Philharmonic, a plan emerged to re-release 12 legendary recordings of the world-famous orchestra from the analogue era.
The selected recordings of the Vienna Philharmonic are basically known for their high-fidelity sound – after all, Decca and then Deutsche Grammophon only allowed the very best sound engineers to work with this top-notch orchestra. With this series, Pro-Ject Audio Systems wants to capture the original condition of these irreplaceable recordings as part of our cultural heritage for posterity.
Together with a team of specialists, Lichtenegger chose Herbert von Karajan, to be featured on this Vienna Philharmonic LP. Counting all concerts, operas, tours and recording sessions together, the Vienna Philharmonic performed around 700 times with Herbert von Karajan, beginning in 1934 and ending with the conductor‘s death in 1989.
These tone poems by Strauss constitute striking examples of the unique artistry of Karajan‘s interpretative powers. They were recorded in Vienna‘s Sofiensäle in the late 1950s and early 1960s with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and attest to nothing less than Karajan‘s exceptional feeling for sonority, balance and, above all, expressive depth.
As Lichtenegger says: “We produce the best possible quality for our customers and, while the original tapes continue to age, the vinyl records document their acoustic condition from 2019.”
The Vienna Philharmonic & Herbert von Karajan
Don Juan, Tod und Verklärung, Also Sprach Zarathustra
A Don Juan, Op. 20 17:04
B Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 23:55
C Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 [1-7]
1. Prelude [Sonnenaufgang] 1:45
2. Von den Hinterweltlern 3:35
3. Von der großen Sehnsucht 1:56
4. Von den Freuden und Leiden- schaften 1:55
5. Das Grablied 2:24
6. Von der Wissenschaft 4:18
7. Der Genesende [Teil 1] 1:43
7. Der Genesende [Teil 2] 3:36
8. Das Tanzlied 7:43
9. Das Nachtwandlerlied 4:35
- All analogue AAA production
- Remastered with care and love from the original master tapes by Georg Burdicek (Tonzauber)
- Produced in co-operation with Pro-Ject Audio Systems to reproduce the original music and sound experience of these famous concerts in the Sofiensaal, Vienna, held and recorded in the 1950‘s and 1960‘s
- Pure analogue recording, mixing and mastering
- Double Vinyl 2x 180g in 33 RPM
- Pressed on 180g premium-quality vinyl in highest precision by Pallas Germany
- Audiophile sound experience
• Pro-Ject has pressed– almost – all of Richard Strauss' recordings under Herbert von Karajan onto a double album. It's a late Romanesque frenzy with the best orchestra of the time, the Vienna Philharmonic.
• Everything stamped into elegant 180 gram discs. The stuff that makes vinyl fans‘ hearts tremble. Peel off the film, then pull the sleeved disc out of the cover and take a look at the bare, black, virgin vinyl. It's not pornographic – or is it? – certainly erotic.
• Pro-Ject has limited the amounts of its publications. For example, I am holding the Strauss pressing with the number 1535 of 2000 in my hands. That means for customers and our readers: Be quick and grab the remaining 465 copies.
• The Pro-Ject version sounds fabulous. The basses of the Viennese, the elegant cellos – that's where you want to lie down as a listener.
• The price of just under 40 euros is appropriate, almost cheap. Go visit your trusted Pro-Ject dealer. You can't afford to be late...[pdf]