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Herbert von Karajan: A biographical portrait e-book

by Roger Vaughan

Herbert von Karajan (German: ( listen); born . Vaughan, Roger (1985). Herbert von Karajan : a biographical portrait (1st e.

Herbert von Karajan (German: ( listen); born Heribert Ritter von Karajan; 5 April 1908 – 16 July 1989) was an Austrian conductor. He was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years. Herbert von Karajan was a passionate sportsman since he was a teenager: a passionate skier and swimmer, he even followed a daily yoga ritual. He was also a great sailing and car enthusiast, in particular an amateur of Porsche.

Karajan, Herbert von, Conductors (Music) - Biography, Conductors (Music). Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Gutierres on September 28, 2011. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata).

I read Roger Vaughan's HERBERT VON KARAJAN: A BIOGRAPHICAL PORTRAIT, in the summer of 1989, and liked it very much. Vaughan, who wrote a book on boating in the early 1980s which conductor Karajan (1908-1989) had read and admired, contacted Vaughan and asked him to write a his own (Karajan's) biography

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He has led major orchestras in Vienna, Milan, and London, and was, for many years, the presiding genius of the Salzburg Music Festival.

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Biography by David Brensilver. Herbert von Karajan was the most renowned conductor to emerge from Europe in the post-World War II era. Read Full Biography.

Von Karajan was a politically controversial figure, having ties with the Nazi party

This documentary is a profile of the Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan. Born on April 5, 1908, von Karajan studied music in Vienna, and became conductor of the opera house in Ulm. He retained his passion for operatic music throughout his career, but is best known for being conductor for life of the Berlin Philharmonic. Von Karajan was a politically controversial figure, having ties with the Nazi party. After the war, an Allied commission cleared him of charges of political collaboration with.

Herbert von Karajan’s first performance with the Berliner Philharmoniker in April 1938 was a sensation – and aroused the jealousy of principal conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, who from then on considered the young star his rival. Furtwängler died in 1954, and the direction of an America tour the year thereafter that had already been planned devolved to Karajan. After successful completion of the tour, Karajan was appointed principal conductor in 1956. It was the beginning of a new era.

An excellent look into the life of Karan in the time 1981 to 1986. This is a very revealing document, sympathetic but critical.
Wonderfuly written book that provides fascinating insights into the mysteries of conducting as well as the specific life and times of one of the greatest. An intriguing look behind the scenes of the international music business.
There is a substantial amount of information about Karajan's life,
in the context of the classical and opera music in Germany and
Austria. Roger Vaughan has talent of describing, in almost comical
way, the tremendous efforts Karajan accomplished his huge accomplishments
from planning through completion of his work over the last 25 years of his life.
herbert von karajan is one of a kind . his knowledge and love for music come through in his work. his dedication and presicion to his craft are amazing . few conductors can come close to von karajan . mr karajan is perfiction personafied .
Another fantastic book on the master wielding the baton who cast his spell on the world. A must have book.
Great service and item.
While many would say that Richard Osborne, royal-biographer at the court of Caesar Augustus Karajan, commands the field, there's much to be said for this earlier effort by Roger Vaughan who rode shotgun with Herbie in the Eighties. Indeed, his portrait is far less marmoreal and sanctified. Don't interrupt the General Music Director of Europe when Dynasty is on TV!

Vaughan scored the gig on the basis of their joint love of yachting. His output is more of a series of detailed vignettes from the Eighties than a systematic biography. As such, episodes such as the October 1982 performances in New York with the Berlin Philharmonic, the March 1983 Salzburg Easter Festival and the recording of Der Rosenkavalier which followed in Vienna are centre-stage, punctuated by chapters which explore his earlier years. Due attention is also paid to the contemporaneous civil war between Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic which presaged the end of the celestial union.

What makes this book particularly valuable is the sheer amount of commentary and anecdotes from Karajan himself. They're voluminous. Much of it is uninhibited. It certainly puts the likes of Conversations With Von Karajan into the shade. The book contains a range of photos: Karajan trooping around Mayfair with Eliette in 1965; admiring a falcon from his 1963 production of Tannhauser and flying his Stuka.

Vaughan is no sycophant. He writes, "By the age of seventy-three (in 1981), Karajan's ego had become colossal, blinding. He doesn't argue, he doesn't discuss. He dictates. He has a particular approach to music-making that he is certain is right. He would eat musical pretenders for breakfast." At this stage of his career, Karajan's retinue was legion, loose of sphincter and brown of tongue; its luminaries are pitilessly sketched. Karajan's Nazi past receives due scrutiny. Indeed, Vaughan tabled the paperwork which demonstrated that the conductor had joined the Nazi Party twice, even if Herbie again refused to acknowledge the sequence, citing the lack of a signature. His guard lowered, Karajan then proceeds to recall why so many Germans, himself included, saw Hitler as a saviour as the Weimar Republic tottered to an end. Elsewhere, upon noticing that Karajan had some suspicious-looking scars behind his ears - no, they were not sustained at the Battle of the Bulge - Vaughan unhesitatingly asked as to their origin: the rest is silence. Ever so waspishly, the author rejoices in Eliette von Karajan's cultural atrocities: namely, her "muddy ill-defined landscapes." (page 191). One is in clover when Eliette pensively asks her consort, "Do you think this blue should be darker?" (page 178). Yes Virginia: there really is a Santa Claus.

It closes with a thunderclap. Out of the blue - or should one say, `out of the red, white and black', Karajan makes an offer and a startling one at that: "Now we go to the place where Hitler used to be!" That said, he then drives Vaughan to the site of the Berghof in his Mercedes 500 SEL sedan; needless to say, it is pedal-to-the-metal all the way. They alight. "It was all destroyed so there is no memorial to Hitler," Karajan whispers broodingly as twilight befalls the Obersalzburg. "But (that's) where his house was. It's all flat now. I haven't been here for a long time."

Make of it what you will. You won't read these sorts of episodes in Osborne. Indeed, if you want to come to terms with this paradoxical man with a toxic past, this is the best avenue.
I read Roger Vaughan's HERBERT VON KARAJAN: A BIOGRAPHICAL PORTRAIT, in the summer of 1989, and liked it very much. Vaughan, who wrote a book on boating in the early 1980s which conductor Karajan (1908-1989) had read and admired, contacted Vaughan and asked him to write a his own (Karajan's) biography. Karajan once stated that he trusted Vaughan to write his biography because Vaughan was not a musician, and in the back-biting world of huge egos of musicians, Karajan would not trust a musician with this task!

Vaughan includes some tidbits of day to day life for Karajan in 1983-85, when the book was written. He mentions things like what Karajan would have for supper; personal thoughts on Goethe, the famous German writer; his relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic, the orchestra he conducted from 1955-1989; his thoughts on skiing, boating, flying small aircraft. He talks about Karajan's three marriages, 2 daughters (with his 3rd wife); performances of Wagner's THE FLYING DUTCHMAN at Salzburg; Karajan's rift with the Berlin Philharmonic over his insistence at hiring Sabine Meyer as principal clarinet (in violation of the orchestras "no women in our ranks" policy which stood until this time); Karajan's final recordings of the Beethoven Symphonies, and films made of Karajan concerts or studio recordings. Karajan believed all recordings in the future would be video + audio, a prediction which has so far not been fulfilled.

I enjoyed this book alot, as it gave me added insight into Herbert von Karajan as a man and musician. Even in his late 70s and declining health (vascular problems and great pain from a degenerating spine and difficulty walking) Karajan remained a dynamic conductor who told his orchestras what he expected, and usually got the results he wanted.

Tidbits: Karajan was a fan of the movie "E.T." and loved television as a form of entertainment, but did not listen to Classical music at home. His wife, Elliette (an ex Dior model) would listen to contemporary piano works at home when Karajan wasn't there, but he preferred quiet, and really loved his hobbies: skiing, swimming, boating, and flying planes.

Highly recommended, if you are interested in this conductor.

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