A soon to be released box set containing everything that Herbert Von Karajan recorded for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca has broken records. Containing 330 CDs, 24 DVDs, 2 Blu-rays, 4 tracklist booklets and one hardcover book, it has set the bar for the largest box set ever issued as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. Only 2500 of these box sets will be produced, with each white and gold box individually numbered.
Three hundred fifty-six discs! It’s hard to envision. (There’s an unboxing video at the link.) Some of what’s inside:
Among its 405 listening hours of music are the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Tchaikovsky, and Anne-Sophie Mutter’s celebrated recordings of the Brahms, Bruch, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky violin concertos. Also included are several Mahler symphonies, the three great requiems by Brahms, Mozart and Verdi) and 20th-century masterworks by composers like Bartók, Berg, Honegger, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky and Webern. Among the eight operas is Karajan’s benchmark recording of Puccini’s La Bohème with Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti and Nicolai Ghiaurov.
Is all this worth a thousand American dollars? Of course it is.
(Via WFMU radio.)