From the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue comes an 8 CD set of recordings The Originals, by some of the greatest legends of classical music (DG 4794110).
Recorded at various times between 1965 and 1980 in venues like the Vienna Musikverein Grosser Saal, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Hanover Beethovensaal and the Jesus-Christus-Kirche in Berlin, the recordings were originally made as LPs.
The compilation contains some historic performances as well as documenting recorded music as it sounded in the later half of the 20th century – well within our lifetime. Wilhelm Kempff plays Beethoven sonatas, Marta Argerich plays Chopin and Liszt, Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in the music of Richard Strauss and Mstislav Rostropovich in a performance of Dvorak’s cello concerto. There is a choral work too with Eugen Jochum conducting the choir and orchestra of the Deutschen Oper Berlin in Orff’s Carmina Burana with soprano Gundula Janowitz, tenor Gerhard Stolze and baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with the Schonberg Boys Choir.
The CD booklet lists the tracks and performers, gives information about the recordings and contains the link to download the text and translation for Carmina Burana.
CD1: Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67; Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92
Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber
CD2: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas no. 8 opus 13, (Pathetique), no. 14 opus 27 no, 2 (Moonlight), no. 21 opus 53 (Waldstein) and no. 23 opus 57 (Appassionata)
CD3: Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor, Op.11/ Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124
Martha Argerich, London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
CD4: Dvorák: Symphony No.8 In G, Op.88, B. 163; Symphony No.9 In E Minor, Op.95, B. 178 – “From The New World”
Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik
CD5: Dvorák: Cello Concerto In B Minor, Op.104, B. 191 / Tchaikovsky: Variations On A Rococo Theme, Op.33
Mstislav Rostropovich, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
CD6: Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op.64 / Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 In G Minor, Op.26
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
CD7: Orff: Carmina Burana
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Eugen Jochum/Janowitz/ Stolze/Fischer- Dieskau
CD8: Strauss, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30; Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks (Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche), Op.28; Don Juan, Op.20; Salome, Op.54
Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan