The Karajan Symphony Edition (4778005)
is an extraordinary offering: 38 CDs for no more than $60 retail! Here are the complete
Beethoven symphonies (1972 version) + overtures; the four Brahms symphonies + Haydn Variations
and Tragic Overture
, the nine Bruckner symphonies,
and London Symphonies;
Mendelssohn’s five symphonies; Mozart’s late symphonies; Schumann’s four symphonies
and Tchaikovsky’s six symphonies, etc.
All the discs reflect the latest remasterings. How is this giveaway price possible? There are a few factors to consider: DG owns the masters; the recording sessions are long ago paid for and DG is making a lot of copies for worldwide distribution. It still is hard to figure out, but who’s complaining?