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Herbert von Karajan

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Herbert von Karajan was being among the most well-known conductors ever — a guy whose skill and autocratic bearing lifted him to a posture of unparalleled dominance in Euro music circles. He was created on Apr 5, 1908 in Salzburg, Austria, to some cultured Austrian category of Greek descent (their unique name was Karajannis). His musical teaching began in the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg where he researched piano with Franz Ledwenke, theory with Franz Zauer, and structure with Bernhard Paumgartner, who urged Karajan to go after performing. Karajan graduated through the conservatory in 1926, and continuing his studies in the Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts, where he researched piano with Josef Hofman and performing with Alexander Wunderer and Franz Schalk. Karajan’s performing debut emerged on January 22, 1929, using the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg. Therefore, the youthful maestro aimed a functionality of Strauss’ Salome on the Salzburg Festspielhaus, and was called principal conductor from the Ulm Stadttheater, where he continued to be in that capability until 1934. Another fourteen years noticed the youthful conductor’s reputation develop quickly. He was called music movie director from the Aachen Stadttheater (1934-1942), acquired his debut on the Vienna Condition Opera (1937), and recognized a position using the Deutsch Grammophon Gesellschaft (1938-1943). In 1939, Karajan was appointed conductor from the Berlin Condition Opera, and movie director from the Preussiche Staatskapelle Symphony concerts. In 1948, he was appointed forever, to the positioning of movie director from the Chorale Culture at the Culture of the Close friends of Music, in Vienna. In 1948, Herbert von Karajan also offered on the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and La Scala, before being successful Wilhelm Furtwängler because the music movie director from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra — a union that could cement his popularity among the world’s top conductors. In 1955, Karajan brought that orchestra to america on the to begin many international travels. The 10 years that followed noticed Karajan accept many consultations, including those towards the Salzburg Celebration as well as the Vienna Condition Opera. In 1967, Karajan acquired his Metroplitan Opera debut, performing a functionality of Wagner’s Die Walküre, as well as the same calendar year, founded the Salzburg Easter Celebration. In 1968, the Herbert von Karajan Base was founded to aid the study of “mindful musical understanding.” Herbert von Karajan was granted the “Band from the Province of Salzburg,” Golden Grammophone, Arts Reward (Lucerne), Grand Prix International du Disque, Yellow metal Medal from the Royal Philharmonic Culture, German Golden Disk Reward, UNESCO International Music Reward, Olympia Reward from the Onassis Basis, and multiple Grammophone honours, amongst others. He was elected for an honorary senate chair at the College or university of Salzburg. The maestro was also identified with honorary levels from a bunch of colleges. Karajan, alongside Akio Morita and Norio Ohga (chief executive and vice-president respectively, of Japanese Sony Group), revealed and shown the COMPACT DISK Digital SOUND SYSTEM in 1981. In 1982, Karajan founded Telemondial S.A.M. with Uli Markle, in order to record the maestro’s illustrious legacy on videotape and laser beam disc, also to help broaden the range of “musical manifestation,” by using modern tools. In 1984, Karajan documented the entire Beethoven symphonies with film version, permitted by his personal Telemondial. In 1988, Deutsch Grammophone released a assortment of a hundred “masterworks” recordings created by the conductor. Herbert von Karajan’s discography can be impressive to state the least, and can certainly withstand in musical arenas, as a few of the most appreciated interpretations from the repertoire obtainable. Herbert von Karajan, also known as “general music movie director of European countries,” passed away in Salzburg of center failing July 16, 1989.

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Full Name Herbert von Karajan
Died July 16, 1989, Anif, Austria
Height 1.73 m
Profession Conductor
Education Mozarteum University of Salzburg
Nationality Austrian
Spouse Eliette Mouret, Anna Maria Sauest, Elmy Holgeroef
Children Isabel Karajan, Arabel von Karajan
Parents Ernst von Karajan, Marta Kosmac
Siblings Wolfgang von Karajan
Awards Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance, Grammy Hall of Fame, Gramophone Award for Orchestral Record of the Year, Gramophone Award for Best Opera Recording
Music Groups Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Movies Karajan: Mozart - Coronation Mass, Karajan: Mozart: Don Giovanni, Herbert von Karajan: Verdi: Requiem, Herbert von Karajan: Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Karajan: Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Wagner: Das Rheingold, Herbert von Karajan: Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Herbert Von Karajan: Verdi: Falstaff, Karajan: Beethoven: Symphony 6 Pastorale & 7, Herbert von Karajan: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Karajan: Beethoven: Symphony 1 & 8, Beethoven: Symphony No. 9: Karajan, Herbert von Karajan: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Herbert Von Karajan: Brahms: German Requiem, Herbert Von Karajan: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, Herbert von Karajan: Mussorgsky, Herbert Von Karajan: Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Herbert von Karajan: New Year's Eve Concert 1984: Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2, Verdi: Otello, Herbert Von Karajan: New Year's Eve Concert 1985, Bizet: Carmen, Verdi: Don Carlo, Herbert von Karajan: Opening Concert: Berlin 750 Years, Herbert Von Karajan: Berliner Philharmoniker: Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3


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#Fact
1 His great-great-grandfather Georgios Karajannis was born in the Ottoman province of Rumelia, today West Macedonia in Greece, and emigrated to Saxony, where his surname became "Karajan" (1792).
2 Studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg between 1916 and 1926.
3 Son of Ernest Theodor Emanuel (1868-1951) and Martha Kosmac (1881-1954).
4 Younger brother of Wolfgang (born in 1906).
5 Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for thirty-five years - from 1954 until 1989.
6 He is the only conductor to have recorded Bach's "Mass in B Minor" five times.
7 He was originally supposed to have conducted the Maria Callas-Richard Tucker studio recording of Verdi's "Aida", but Tucker, who was Jewish, refused to work with Karajan because of his Nazi affiliations during WW II. Karajan was replaced by famous Italian conductor Tullio Serafin, and Tucker made the recording with Callas.
8 Historians and biographers have debated the validity of his membership in the National Socialist (Nazi) Party. However, most agree that his association with NSDAP Officers helped to advance his conducting career and ensure his success as a famous interpretive artist in postwar Europe.
9 Ardent proponent of advancing sound recording technology. He eagerly supported high-fidelity studio recording technology and actively encouraged Sony and Philips to commit to developing and marketing the compact disc in the early 1980s.
10 Father of Isabel Karajan (b. 1960) and Arabel (b. 1964), with Eliette.
11 Perhaps the most controversial conductor of the 20th century, he is both admired and reviled for his insistence on technical perfection in an orchestra (often, his detractors say, at the expense of everything else, bringing a dehumanizing quality to his music-making). His wartime membership in the Nazi party has contributed a great deal to the unfavorable opinion some critics have of him. From 1955, when he became conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, until his death in 1989, he was well-known as the most powerful musical influence in Germany.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Poem: I Set My Foot Upon the Air and It Carried Me 2003 "Symphonie No 9. Aufnahme 1962"
It's All About Love 2003 "Scéne et Valse de Swanilda"
Lilya 4-Ever 2002 performer: "Symphony in 4 H-Minor 'Al Santo Sepolcro' RV169"
Death to Smoochy 2002 performer: "Also Sprach Zarathustra" - as Herbert Von Karajan
Adazhio 2000 Short performer: "Adagio g-moll in G Minor"
Magnolia 1999 performer: "Also Sprach Zarathustra", "Habanera from Carmen"
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries 1998 performer: "Salome"
The Last Emperor 1987 performer: "Kaiser Walzer Emperor Waltz op. 437" 1889
Fatal Attraction 1987 performer: "SELECTIONS FROM PUCCINI'S MADAMA BUTTERFLY" 1904 - as Herbert Von Karajan
Day of the Dead 1985 performer: "Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral', Op. 125" - uncredited
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World' 1985 TV Special documentary short performer: "Symphony No 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, "From the New World": I. Adagio", "Symphony No 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, "From the New World": II. Largo", "Symphony No 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, "From the New World": III. Scherzo. Molto vivace", "Symphony No 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, "From the New World": IV. Allegro con fuoco"
Frances 1982 writer: "Symphony #7 in A major, Op. 92, 2nd movement"
The Shining 1980 performer: "Music for strings, percussion and Celesta Movement III"
Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa solemnis op. 123 1979 TV Movie documentary performer: "Missa solemnis op. 123"
Welt am Draht 1973 TV Movie performer: "An der schönen blauen Donau"
Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King 1972 performer: "Excerpts from 'Das Rheingold'", "Excerpts from Siegfrid", "Excerpts from 'Götterdämmerung'"
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 "The Blue Danube" 1866 / performer: "Also Sprach Zarathustra"
Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 in b-moll von Peter I. Tschaikowsky 1967 TV Movie performer: "Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb Minor"
Elvira Madigan 1967/I performer: "Concerto for Violin and Strings in E major, RV 271 L'Amoroso, first movement" - uncredited
St. Matthew Passion 1949 Documentary performer: "The St. Matthew Passion"
Gino 2016 Short performer: "Madama Butterfly"
Skam 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Marguerite 2015 performer: "Du zeugtest ein edles Geschlecht" from Die Walküre
Stella cadente 2014 performer: "Un bel dí vedremo"
Kekkonen tulee! 2013 performer: "Violin Concerto n D, Op 77:III
Once Upon a Time... 2013 Video short performer: "Io de' sospiri", "Ah! finalmente!"
Camille Claudel 1915 2013 performer: "Magnificat, BWV 243: Suscepit Israel' composed by nm0001925
Passion 2012 "PRELUDE TO THE AFTERNOON OF A FAUN" Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal 2012 performer: "Coro delle incudini: Vedi, le fosche notturne Coro", "Mesta e la tua canzon! Coro/Azucena/Manrico/Un vecchio zingaro"
Liberal Arts 2012 performer: "I. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande Allegro ma non troppo", "Médiation"
Captain America: The First Avenger 2011 performer: "Wagner: Szene 3: 'Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater Die Walküre - Erster Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen"/Erster Aufzug", "Wagner: Trauermarsch Götterdämmerung - Dritter Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen"/Dritter Aufzug"
The Tree of Life 2011 performer: "Andante moderato [Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98]"
Priest 2011 performer: "Mozart: 3. Sequentia: Dies irae Requiem in D minor, K. 626"
Rango 2011 performer: "AN DER SCHÖNEN BLAUEN DONAU, OP. 314"
The Warrior's Way 2010 performer: "D'amor sull'ali rosee"
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
La Rafle 2010 performer: "L'or du Rhin - prélude"
Four Lions 2010 performer: "Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, OP 95 'From The New World'"
Land of the Lost 2009 performer: "Also Sprach Zarathustra"
Tetro 2009 performer: "Humming Chorus", "Ecco, son giunte al somme del pendio" - uncredited
...and Then There's Claude. 2009 Documentary short performer: "Largo"
There Will Be Blood 2007 performer: "Violin Concerto in D Major Op.77:3. Vivace Non Troppo"
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 2005 performer: "The Planets Opus 32:2. Venus, The Bringer of Peace"
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 performer: "Also Sprach Zarathustra"
Closer 2004/I performer: "Oh, Dei, come veloce se ne va quella barca!", "Soave sia il vento"
La neuvième 2004 TV Movie documentary performer: "9th Symphony"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stand 2014/I orchestrator: With the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons 1987 Video conductor
Don Giovanni 1987/II TV Movie conductor / musical director
Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker 1987 TV Series conductor - 1 episode
Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlos 1986 TV Movie conductor / musical director
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 1985 TV Special documentary conductor
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World' 1985 TV Special documentary short conductor
Der Rosenkavalier 1984 TV Movie conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 'Eroica' 1984 TV Movie documentary conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 1983 TV Special documentary conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto 1983 TV Movie documentary conductor
Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff 1982 TV Movie conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa solemnis op. 123 1979 TV Movie documentary conductor
Il trovatore 1978 TV Movie conductor
Das Rheingold 1978 conductor
IX. Symphonie von Ludwig van Beethoven 1977 TV Special conductor
Madama Butterfly 1975 TV Movie musical director
Otello 1974 conductor
The Pedestrian 1973 conductor
Carmen 1969 conductor
Cavalleria rusticana 1968 TV Movie conductor
Pagliacci 1968 TV Movie conductor
Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 in b-moll von Peter I. Tschaikowsky 1967 TV Movie conductor
Messa da Requiem von Giuseppe Verdi 1967 TV Special documentary conductor
Mozart Coronation Mass & Verdi Te Deum RAI Roma Orchestra 1967 TV Special conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven - Sinfonie Nr. 6 in F-dur, Pastorale 1967 TV Movie conductor
La Bohème 1965 conductor
Der Rosenkavalier 1962 TV Movie conductor
Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs 1955 conductor
St. Matthew Passion 1949 Documentary musical director

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Don Giovanni 1987/II TV Movie artistic supervision
Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlos 1986 TV Movie staged by
Der Rosenkavalier 1984 TV Movie stage director
Das Rheingold 1978 artistic supervision / staged by
Otello 1974 directed for stage
Carmen 1969 stage director

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlos 1986 TV Movie
Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff 1982 TV Movie
Carmen 1969
Pagliacci 1968 TV Movie

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Karajan a Salzbourg 1970 TV Short documentary producer
Carmen 1969 artistic producer
Anton Dvorak: Symphonie Nr. 9 e-Moll op. 95 'Aus der neuen Welt' 1967 TV Movie documentary producer
La Bohème 1965 producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 in b-moll von Peter I. Tschaikowsky 1967 TV Movie Conductor

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cavalleria rusticana 1968 TV Movie artistic supervisor

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Opernführer 1970 TV Series acknowledgment - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Apotheosis of Dance 2016 Short Himself
B 7: Beethoven Seven 2016 Short Himself
Eroica - Director's Cut 2009 Himself - Conductor
Karajan in Salzburg 1988 TV Special Himself - Conductor
Don Giovanni 1987/II TV Movie Himself - Dirigent
Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker 1987 TV Series Himself - Conductor
Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlos 1986 TV Movie Himself - Dirigent
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 1985 TV Special documentary Himself - Conductor
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World' 1985 TV Special documentary short Himself - Conductor
Der Rosenkavalier 1984 TV Movie Himself - Dirigent
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 'Eroica' 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself - Conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 1983 TV Special documentary Himself - Conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto 1983 TV Movie documentary Dirigent
Das Traumhaus 1980 Himself (uncredited)
Der Sport-Spiegel 1979 TV Series documentary Himself
Il trovatore 1978 TV Movie Himself - Gesamtleitung
The South Bank Show 1978 TV Series documentary
Impressions on Herbert Von Karajan 1978 Documentary Himself
Das Musik-Porträt 1978 TV Series documentary Himself
Das Rheingold 1978 Himself - Dirigent
IX. Symphonie von Ludwig van Beethoven 1977 TV Special Himself - Conductor
Musik zum Ansehen 1972 TV Series Himself
Eroica 1972 Himself - Conductor
Karajan a Salzbourg 1970 TV Short documentary Himself
Messa da Requiem von Giuseppe Verdi 1967 TV Special documentary Leitung
Anton Dvorak: Symphonie Nr. 9 e-Moll op. 95 'Aus der neuen Welt' 1967 TV Movie documentary Himself
Mozart Coronation Mass & Verdi Te Deum RAI Roma Orchestra 1967 TV Special Direttore
Ludwig van Beethoven - Sinfonie Nr. 6 in F-dur, Pastorale 1967 TV Movie Himself - Conductor
Aspekte 1966 TV Series documentary Himself
La Bohème 1965 Himself - Künstlerische Leitung und Dirigent
Der Rosenkavalier 1962 TV Movie Himself - Conductor (uncredited)
Wîn firuhâmonî koukyou gakudan tokubetsu ensoukai 1959 TV Movie Himself
Ihr Auftritt, bitte! 1958 TV Series documentary Himself
Salzburg 1950 Documentary

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Geschichten aus der Salzburger Altstadt 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself
Duels 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Karajan - Das zweite Leben 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
L'Occupation sans relâche - Les artistes pendant la guerre 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Filmstar Karajan 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Memòries de la tele 2007 TV Series Himself
Great Performances 1995-2007 TV Series Himself
The Salzburg Festival 2006 Video documentary Himself
La neuvième 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Herbert von Karajan 1908-1989 1999 TV Movie documentary Conductor
Österreich - Unser Jahrhundert 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Bilanz des Jahres 1957 TV Series Himself

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