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Herbert von Karajan (April 5, 1908 – July 16, 1989) was a Greek-Austrian conductor. He was one of the most prominent conductors of the postwar period and is widely regarded as the world's most recorded conductor. Karajan conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for thirty-five years.

Karajan played an important role in the development of the original compact disc digital audio format. He championed this new consumer playback technology, lent his prestige to it, and appeared at the first press conference announcing… read more

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  • Avatar for CosmicPi
    Excellent Bruckner cycle. So much power.
  • Avatar for A13k5G
    Maestro. [2]
  • Avatar for Lainemaa
    pls come to brazil
  • Avatar for deugd
    awesome!
  • Avatar for KeIemvor
    sterile, go with fricsay or furtwangler [2] Soulless.
  • Avatar for barrospablito
    Maestro.
  • Avatar for Jagga_Nova
    Великолепно!
  • Avatar for Seavas
    Listening to the sound of the Berlin Philharmonic during the 40s and 50s under the batons of Fricsay, Lehmann or Markevitch is an impressive testament to Furtwängler's skill as an educator of orchestras: They sound completely different than they do under his baton, Markevitch's Mozart recordings in particular are among the most dramatic, precise and lithe ever (a must-hear for all those who thought the Berlin Philharmonic had no Mozart tradition, just because Furtwängler, Böhm and Karajan were lousy Mozart conductors does not mean the musicians couldn't play it). Compare the sound of the Berlin Philharmonic under the batons of Maazel, Tennstedt and Levine (conductors with vastly different interpretative and sound ideals) during the early 80s: A ruin of an orchestra, incapable of producing anything but Karajan's chubby trademark sound. Abbado gets a lot of shit for diversifying and democratizing their sound once more, I for one think he saved them from eventual obscurity.
  • Avatar for Tonacatecuhtli
    Listen to Furtwängler, and your opinion will change.
  • Avatar for jets1968
    With Toscanini is my favourite conductor.THE GREATEST!!!!!

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