The 49th Parallel - Prelude Ralph Vaughan Williams Download 'The 49th Parallel - Prelude' on iTunes
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The Berlin Philharmonic's best recordings
Karajan's Berlin Philharmonic recording of Mahler's earth-shattering Symphony No. 9 won the Orchestral Record of the Year at the Gramophone Awards in 1981, and Bernstein picked up a Grammy in 1993 for his remastered 1979 recording. It's a hard act to follow for Simon Rattle's 2008 recording, but it's a masterful interpretation of the music - unsentimental and thoughtful.