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Karajan, Or, Beauty As I See It
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First release in any format! Not just a biographical film,
Karajan uncovers the true, personal essence of the unique
artist behind the public figure, a portrait of a man who was
full of contradictions and remained a mystery until his death.
On the occasion of the 100th birthday of Herbert von
Karajan, Academy Award® nominee Robert Dornhelm
has mined the archives of Unitel, for more than two decades
the great conductor s production home, for previously
unreleased material including rehearsal footage, and
interviews with members of the Karajan family, plus such
music world luminaries and colleagues as Anne-Sophie
Mutter, Seiji Ozawa, Christian Thielemann, René Kollo,
Christa Ludwig, Brigitte Fassbaender, Gundula Janowitz,
Sir Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons, Joachim Kaiser and
The greater understanding of this legendary artist to be
experienced by seeing this film will certainly transfer to a
greater appreciation of his recordings, and is a must not only
for Karajan lovers, but for anyone who loves symphonic music.
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Rest in peace of the eternal divine light,your soul great austrian musical genius that I had the chance to see and applaud heavely conducting in Paris the fabulous Berlin Philarmonick Orchestra in the final year of his remarkable lifetime..
Congratulations for all beauty and rare competence condcuting several orchestars worldwide.
Your top lifetime was not in vain...God bless your soul and spirity inthe divine light of the eternity...
Brought me to tears. Great conductor. I wish he could
have lived another 20 years.
That does not mean it is perfect. There were features I did not like, especially the fast cutting from one speaker to another, often while music, gorgeous music was playing. Also, many of the excerpts were much too short - an egregious example was when Gundula Janowitz was singing the soprano part from the Brahms Requiem, a recording I happily own. After just a few bars, Christa Ludwig was on screen and talking over the music, which was emotionally jarring. But compensating for this shortcoming are the trailers - actually, an hour of extended excerpts from Suppé, Wagner (Das Rheingold), the Brahms Requiem, Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony, and Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto (scarcely "trailers" - actually more music than in the movie).
Ludwig did mention one problem with von Karajan which seriously impacts his reception today: his tempos were often very slow, so slow singers had trouble holding the line. Today, no great conductor would slow things up to that extent, though then many came close. But criticisms aside, this is a very pleasant, even inspiring way to spend an hour and a half. Very highly recommended.
seeing the music made is always better and this DVD delivers.
von Karajan was a complicated man and this helps to better
understand the man and his music.
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