Post by Randy Lane
Surprised Dana did not give us advanced warning on this monster.
I have not seen this on Universal's main website, but it is a curious thing.
On one hand, the previous Karajan boxes (1960s, 1970s, 1980s) might
appeal to some collectors who have favorable opinions of Karajan's
conducting during those days, and/or those who fondly recall buying his
recordings back then on LP and liked the mini-LPs and appreciate the
remastered sound vs. the previous CD versions. One could choose to buy
one of the boxes or all three. They issued the vocal music in a separate
box. And I know the Decca stuff has been issued, and the videos
separately, as well.
By definition, anyone who would spend eight hundred euro on CDs is a
hardcore collector - not some casual listener just wondering what this
Karajan guy's all about. Surely this collector would have purchased the
This must be Universal Classics' final statement on Karajan. I don't see
where else they can go from here.
If I could have made a wish, though, it'd be that they'd have done this
with Claudio Abbado and let people enjoy the Karajan boxes they already
have. Instead I see that they're releasing "Claudio Abbado: The Opera
Recordings" which has no printed libretti from what I see, so won't be
gracing my shelves.