Herbert von Karajan: The Greatest Hits

Herbert von Karajan / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

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Herbert von Karajan: The Greatest Hits Review

by Blair Sanderson

Throughout his long career as the world's most famous conductor, Herbert von Karajan recorded much of the standard orchestral repertoire for Deutsche Grammophon, in some cases multiple times. It's easy to see how his massive discography lends itself to compilations of popular classics, of which Herbert von Karajan: The Greatest Hits is but one of many. Featuring recordings of the best-known classical pieces performed by the Berlin Philharmonic -- Karajan's principle orchestra for over three decades -- this collection touches on the essentials in 21 tracks. Listeners well-acquainted with classical music will recognize every selection, and many casual fans will be able to identify such favorites as Pachelbel's Canon, Albinoni's Adagio, the opening fanfare of Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra (better known as the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey), Sibelius' Finlandia, Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the Flowers" from the Nutcracker, and others that have been perennial favorites for many years. This double-disc package serves as an introduction to Karajan's catalog and should encourage beginners to explore other, more substantial albums by this important 20th century maestro.

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