The Real Karajan

The great Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan was born 100 years ago this year, and more than a decade after his death, he remains an enigmatic and controversial figure.

James Jolly explores the myths surrounding him, the media image he projected and the music he championed, with contributions from Karajan's biographer, his record producer and musicians who worked with him.

(All conducted by Karajan)

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture (1953)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

EMI 512038-2 (88-CD box set: Herbert von Karajan: Volume 1 - Orchestral)

Offenbach: Barcarolle (The Tales of Hoffmann) (1954)

EMI CDM 566603-2

Strauss: Tod und Verklarung (1972)

Berlin Philharmonic

DG 447 422-2

Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra (1965)

DG 477 7160

Mozart: Soave il vento (Cosi fan tutte)

EMI 511973-2 (72-CD box set: Herbert von Karajan: Volume 2 - Opera and Vocal)

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (1956 recording)

EMI CDS 556242-2

Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours (La Gioconda) (1960 recording)

Wagner: Siegfried's Funeral March (Gotterdammerung)

DG 457 795-2

Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 (1966 recording)

DG 429 716-2

Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande (1978 recording)

Richard Stilwell (baritone)

Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano)

EMI CDS 749350-2

Chabrier: Espana (1947 recording)

Vienna Philharmonic

Beethoven: Symphony No 6 (1982 recording)

DG 439 004-2.

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The great Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan was born 100 years ago this year, and more than a decade after his death, he remains an enigmatic and controversial figure.

James Jolly explores the myths surrounding him, the media image he projected and the music he championed, with contributions from Karajan's biographer, his record producer and musicians who worked with him.

(All conducted by Karajan)

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture (1953)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

EMI 512038-2 (88-CD box set: Herbert von Karajan: Volume 1 - Orchestral)

Offenbach: Barcarolle (The Tales of Hoffmann) (1954)

EMI CDM 566603-2

Strauss: Tod und Verklarung (1972)

Berlin Philharmonic

DG 447 422-2

Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra (1965)

DG 477 7160

Mozart: Soave il vento (Cosi fan tutte)

EMI 511973-2 (72-CD box set: Herbert von Karajan: Volume 2 - Opera and Vocal)

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (1956 recording)

EMI CDS 556242-2

Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours (La Gioconda) (1960 recording)

Wagner: Siegfried's Funeral March (Gotterdammerung)

DG 457 795-2

Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 (1966 recording)

DG 429 716-2

Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande (1978 recording)

Richard Stilwell (baritone)

Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano)

EMI CDS 749350-2

Chabrier: Espana (1947 recording)

Vienna Philharmonic

Beethoven: Symphony No 6 (1982 recording)

DG 439 004-2.