Monday, April 2, 2012
Herbert von Karajan, greatest conductor
It is the birthday (April 5) of Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan (1908), one of the greatest orchestra conductors of all time. Critics note that he was a member of the Nazi Party but defenders point out that he was neither willing nor active, and that there may have been shenanigans regarding the records of his membership. His prominence rose after World War II. He was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years. He may have been the best-selling classical music artist of all time. Here is Tchaikovsky's entire Symphony No. 6. It is long but it is beautifully photographed and a stunning portrait of von Karajan as a conductor. Enjoy!