04 July 2024

P.R. Jenkins

“Karajan Digital Library” Vol. 12

“I have an idea for a new composition, which has no programme but will express what we understand by the spirit of life or manifestations of life, that is: everything that moves, that wants to live … just life and motion […] I must have a word or a short title to express this.”
Carl Nielsen

“Karajan Digital Library” Vol. 12 – Deutsche Grammophon continues to publish the treasures from its archives in alphabetical order. Karajan’s recording of Carl Nielsen’s fourth symphony made Gramophone “wish he would go on to record the Espansiva or the Fifth Symphony”. Unfortunately, he didn’t. “The Inextinguishable” remained his only foray into Nielsen’s world. There’s also a lot more Mussorgsky: His two major works “Boris Godunov” and “Pictures at an Exhibition” (twice) are documented in brilliant quality. “Boris” was Karajan’s only complete recording of a Russian opera but there’s also a scrap of instrumental music from “Khovanshchina” in the set.
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Karajan’s score of “Boris Godunov” at our institute

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