In 2014 Deutsche Grammophon celebrated the 20th anniversary of its flagship series, The Originals, with a limited edition collection featuring some of the label's greatest albums. This second volume concludes the label's survey of its iconic series by presenting a treasure trove of more legendary analog recordings.
Presented in a lavish 50 CD box set, Vol. 2 features key recordings such as Beethoven's Late Sonatas with Pollini, Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique with Markevitch, Brahms's Hungarian Dances with Karajan, Dvořák's "New World" with Fricsay, Chopin Préludes with Argerich, Respighi's Fontane & Pini di Roma with Karajan, Schubert's "Great" C major Symphony with Furtwängler, the Schumann Piano Concerto with Richter and Dichterliebe with Wunderlich, Stravinsky with Boulez, Verdi Choruses with Abbado and many more. Also featured is the complete Brahms Symphony cycle with Jochum as well as three complete operas: Böhm's Le nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto with Giulini, and Der Freischütz under Carlos Kleiber.
The sleeves are presented in The Originals jackets and the individual CD covers are based upon the original LP cover design, most of them with the iconic yellow cartouche. The set comes complete with a 112-page booklet including a new 2000-word essay The Aura of the Extraordinary by Werner Pfister (Fono Forum, Musik & Theater reviewer, author) and is housed in a cube shaped lid-off box.