Music: Sublime Sounds

Berlin goes to Carnegie

Of the world's great orchestras, which is the best? Some say the Chicago Symphony, for its brilliant virtuosity and blazing brass. Others nominate the Vienna Philharmonic, for its rich, burnished tone, or the Philadelphia Orchestra, for the sheen of its strings. The Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra has its champions, who admire its crisp ensemble playing. But there is one orchestra that combines all these characteristics: Herbert von Karajan's Berlin Philharmonic, which went to New York City's Carnegie Hall last week for the first time in six years, and in four...

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