Sibelius - Symphony No. 5 - Karajan - The Philharmonia Orchestra on 180g LP - PRis 225,-
Before he was appointed music director for life of the Berlin Philharmonic, Karajan was closely associated with the Philharmonia in its early years, although he never held an official title with the orchestra. The founder of the Philharmonia and legendary EMI producer, Walter Legge, was against appointing an official principal conductor but it was Karajan who built the orchestra into one of the finest ensembles in the world, and made numerous recordings for EMI, including all the Beethoven symphonies and stereo gems like this Sibelius recording.
Recorded on September 20, 21 and 23 in 1960 (Symphony No. 5) and January 5 and 6 in 1959 (Finlandia) at London’s famous Kingsway Hall venue. Produced by Walter Legge and engineered by Douglas Larter (Harold Davidson/Finlandia).
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS80 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional playback head.
Sibelius - Symphony No. 5 - Karajan - The Philharmonia Orchestra Track Listing:
1. First Movement: Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato – Presto
2. Second Movement: Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
3. Third Movement: Allegro molto
4. Finlandia, Op.26