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Gramophone’s top 10 recordings of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Choosing 10 of the finest recordings by the BPO is, of course, impossible, but here are 10 that simply demand to be heard…

No 1

Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem

BPO / Sir Simon Rattle

(Warner Classics)

‘This is a lovely performance, free-moving and sweetly sung’

No 2

Bruckner Symphony No 8

BPO / Günter Wand

(RCA)

‘This new Eighth is exceptionally fine’

No 3

Haydn Symphony No 88

BPO / Wilhelm Furtwängler

(DG)

‘Definitely one to rush out and buy’

No 4

Mahler Symphony No 6

BPO / Claudio Abbado

(DG)

‘I can’t remember hearing a tauter, more refined performance than this’

No 5

Mahler Symphony No 9

BPO / Herbert von Karajan

DG (live recording)

‘Karajan’s 1982 performance remains a remarkable one’

No 6

Mahler Symphony No 10

BPO / Sir Simon Rattle

(Warner Classics)

‘Rattle’s new version sweeps the board’

No 7

Prokofiev/Ravel Piano Concertos

Martha Argerich (pf) BPO / Claudio Abbado

(DG)

‘Defying criticism’

No 8

Puccini La bohème

BPO / Herbert von Karajan

(Decca)

‘Perhaps the best thing Pavarotti has ever done’

No 9

R Strauss Tod und Verklärung. Metamorphosen

BPO / Herbert von Karajan

(DG)

‘A clear first-choice in both works’

No 10

Wagner Parsifal

BPO / Herbert von Karajan

(DG)

‘Seems to grow in statute on each re-hearing’