NEW YEAR'S CONCERTS 1989 & 1991 (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra). BEETHOVEN: Symphonies 4 and 7 (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra). MOZART: Symphony No. 36 in C, K. 415 "Linz." BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73 (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra). BEETHOVEN: Coriolan Overture, Op. 62. MOZART: Symphony No. 33 in B flat, K. 319. BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (Bavarian State Orchestra). STRAUSS: Der Rosenkavalier. Gwyneth Jones (Marschallin); Manfred Jungwirth (Baron Ochs); Brigiutte Fassbaender (Octavian); Lucia Popp (Sophie); Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra. STRAUSS: Der Rosenkavalier. Felicity Lott (Marschallin). Kurt Moll (Baron Ochs). Anne Sofie von Otter (Octavian). Barbara Bonney (Sophie); Gottfried Hornik (Faninal); Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra. JOHANN STRAUSS: Die Fledermaus (Eberhard Wächter (Eisenstein); Pamela Coburn (Rosalinde); Brigitte Fassbaender (Orlofsky); Benno Kusche (Frank); Josef Hopferwieser (Alfred); Wolfgang Brendel (Dr. Falke); Janet Perry (Adele); Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra.
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON DVD VIDEO 00440 073 3605 GB 10 (10 DVDS) (B) TT: 92:53 / 90:18 / 72:14 / 82:22 / 73:30 / 70:49 / 114:37 / 75:09 / 117:15 / 115:02
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Here is a terrific bargain for collectors should they not already have these splendid videos. This compilation includes all of the famous conductor's Deutsche Grammophon video recordings (as well as those for Philips), all of which have been issued before, but now we have all are in one compact box. Complete track listings and timings are included, but not program notes that were included with original issues, the only debit of this welcome reissue. Carlos inherited the precision and insight of his famous father Erich, and these performances, mostly recorded live in concert, display these qualities. We have the two New Year's Concerts, and both performances of Rosenkavalier, one from Vienna, the other from Bavaria. Complete track listings and timings are provided, no texts. A wonderful value! This is a class reissue.

R.E.B. (August 2010)

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