Herbert von Karajan

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Born: April 5, 1908   Died: July 16, 1989   Country: Austria  
Herbert von Karajan was among the most famous conductors of all time -- a man whose talent and autocratic bearing lifted him to a position of unprecedented dominance in European musical circles. He was born on April 5, 1908 in Salzburg, Austria, to a cultured Austrian family of Greek descent (their original name was Karajannis). His musical training began at the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg where he studied piano with Franz Ledwenke, theory Read more with Franz Zauer, and composition with Bernhard Paumgartner, who encouraged Karajan to pursue conducting. Karajan graduated from the conservatory in 1926, and continued his studies at the Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts, where he studied piano with Josef Hofman and conducting with Alexander Wunderer and Franz Schalk. Karajan's conducting debut came on January 22, 1929, with the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg. Consequently, the young maestro directed a performance of Strauss' Salome at the Salzburg Festspielhaus, and was named principal conductor of the Ulm Stadttheater, where he remained in that capacity until 1934.
The next fourteen years saw the young conductor's reputation grow rapidly. He was named music director of the Aachen Stadttheater (1934-1942), had his debut at the Vienna State Opera (1937), and accepted a position with the Deutsch Grammophon Gesellschaft (1938-1943). In 1939, Karajan was appointed conductor of the Berlin State Opera, and director of the Preussiche Staatskapelle Symphony concerts. In 1948, he was appointed for life, to the position of director of the Chorale Society at the Society of the Friends of Music, in Vienna.
In 1948, Herbert von Karajan also served at the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and La Scala, before succeeding Wilhelm Furtwängler as the music director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra -- a union that would cement his reputation as one of the world's premier conductors. In 1955, Karajan brought that orchestra to the United States on the first of many international tours. The decade that followed saw Karajan accept several appointments, including those to the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna State Opera. In 1967, Karajan had his Metroplitan Opera debut, conducting a performance of Wagner's Die Walküre, and the same year, founded the Salzburg Easter Festival. In 1968, the Herbert von Karajan Foundation was founded to support the research of "conscious musical perception."
Herbert von Karajan was awarded the "Ring of the Province of Salzburg," Golden Grammophone, Arts Prize (Lucerne), Grand Prix International du Disque, Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society, German Golden Disc Prize, UNESCO International Music Prize, Olympia Prize of the Onassis Foundation, and multiple Grammophone awards, among others. He was elected to an honorary senate seat at the University of Salzburg. The maestro was also recognized with honorary degrees from a host of universities.
Karajan, along with Akio Morita and Norio Ohga (president and vice-president respectively, of Japanese Sony Group), unveiled and presented the Compact Disc Digital Audio System in 1981. In 1982, Karajan founded Telemondial S.A.M. with Uli Markle, in an effort to document the maestro's illustrious legacy on videotape and laser disc, and to help broaden the scope of "musical expression," through the use of modern technology. In 1984, Karajan recorded the complete Beethoven symphonies with film adaptation, made possible by his own Telemondial. In 1988, Deutsch Grammophone released a collection of one hundred "masterworks" recordings made by the conductor. Herbert von Karajan's discography is impressive to say the least, and will certainly endure in musical arenas, as some of the most valued interpretations of the repertoire available. Herbert von Karajan, often referred to as "general music director of Europe," died in Salzburg of heart failure July 16, 1989. Read less

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Born: April 5, 1908   Died: July 16, 1989   Country: Austria  
Herbert von Karajan was among the most famous conductors of all time -- a man whose talent and autocratic bearing lifted him to a position of unprecedented dominance in European musical circles. He was born on April 5, 1908 in Salzburg, Austria, to a cultured Austrian family of Greek descent (their original name was Karajannis). His musical training began at the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg where he studied piano with Franz Ledwenke, theory Read more
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Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165 - 4. Alleluia
Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165 - 4. Alleluia
Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165 - 4. Alleluia
Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165 - 4. Alleluia
Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165 - 4. Alleluia
Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165 - 4. Alleluia
Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165 - 4. Alleluia
Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165 - 4. Alleluia
Nacht
Sonnenaufgang
Der Anstieg
Eintritt in den Wald
Wanderung neben dem Bache
Am Wasserfall
Erscheinung
Auf blumige Wiesen
Auf der Alm
Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf Irrwegen
Auf dem Gletscher
Gefahrvolle Augenblicke
Auf dem Gipfel
Vision
Nebel steigen auf
Die Sonne verdüstert sich allmählich
Elegie
Stille vor dem Sturm
Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg
Sonnenuntergang
Ausklang
Nacht
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Larghetto -
3. Rondo. Allegro
Overture
Act I: Duet: Jetzt, Schatzchen, jetzt sind wir allein (Jaquino, Marzelline)
Act I: Aria: O war' ich schon mit dir vereint (Marzelline)
Act I: Quartet: Mir ist so wunderbar (Marzelline, Leonore, Rocco, Jaquino)
Act I: Dialogue: Hore Fidelio! (Rocco, Marzelline, Leonore)
Act I: Terzetto: Gut Sohnchen, gut (Rocco, Leonore, Marzelline)
Act I: March
Act I: Dialogue: Drei Schildwachen auf den Wall (Pizarro)
Act I: Aria and Chorus: Ha! Welch ein Augenblick! (Pizarro, Chorus)
Act I: Duet: Jetzt, Alter, jetzt hat es Eile! (Pizarro, Rocco)
Act I: Recitative and Aria: Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin? (Leonore)
Act I: Finale: O welche Lust (Chorus)
Act I: Nun sprecht, wie ging's? (Leonore, Rocco)
Act I: Ach Vater, Vater, eilt! (Marzelline, Rocco, Jaquino, Pizzaro)
Act I: Leb'wohl, du warmes Sonnenlicht (Chorus, Marzelline, Leonore, Jaquino, Rocco)
Act II: Introduction
Act II: Aria: Gott! Welch' Dunkel hier! (Florestan)
Act II: In des Lebens Fruhlingstagen (Florestan)
Act II: Melodrama and Duet: Wie kalt ist es (Leonore, Rocco)
Act II: Nur hurtig fort, nur frisch gegraben (Rocco, Leonore)
Act II: Dialogue: Er erwacht! (Leonore, Rocco, Florestan)
Act II: Terzetto: Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten (Florestan, Rocco, Leonore)
Act II: Dialogue: Alles ist bereit (Rocco, Florestan, Leonore, Pizarro)
Act II: Quartet: Er sterbe! (Pizarro, Florestan, Leonore, Rocco, Jaquino)
Act II: Duet: O namenlose Freude! (Leonore, Florestan)
Act II: Overture - Leonore III - Op. 72a
Act II: Finale: Heil! Heil sei dem Tag! (Chorus)
Act II: Des besten Konigs Wink und Wille (Don Fernando, Chorus, Rocco, Pizarro, Marzelline)
Act II: Du schlossest auf des Edlen Grab (Don Fernando, Leonore, Florestan, Marzelline, Rocco)
Act II: Wer ein holdes Weib errungen (People and Prisoners, Florestan, Leonore, Marzelline, Jaquino, Rocco, Don Fernando)
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
IV. Adagio - Piu andante - Allegro non troppo ma con brio
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Tempo di menuetto
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro ma non troppo - Nn poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
IV. Finale: Presto - Allegro assai
I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
II. Andante cantabile con moto
III. Menuetto - Allegro molto e vivace
IV. Adagio - Allegro molto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro


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