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KArajan in Paris: Works by Chabrier, Gounod, Bizet, Berlioz. Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan, conductor. ANGEL SZ 37687 -- This sonic dazzler is also richly entertaining. What could be more fun that a disk of Gounod's "Faust" ballet music, Berlioz's "Hungarian March" from "The Damnation of Faust," Bizet's second "L'Arlesienne" suite, and Chabrier's "Espana"? Karajan turns them into walloping orchestral showstoppers, and the engineering gives him all the acoustical space he needs. It's an instant dissipator of the blues, and a rollicking showcase for any good stereo sy stem as well.

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