01 December

Spotlight Bruckner: Your guide to the symphonies

In this episode of the Spotlight series we are looking at Karajan's interpretations of the Bruckner symphonies. As was the case with many other great 20th-century conductors, Bruckner’s oeuvre was a central pillar in Karajan’s symphonic repertoire. In his last season 1988/89, he chose two Bruckner symphonies for his last performance in New York (the 8th) and for his last concert of all in Vienna (the 7th).

16 November

Spotlight Brahms: Your guide to the orchestral works

Of course there's a chapter in our spotlight series about Johannes Brahms. Karajan was a "Brahmsian" with heart and soul. Even if he didn't perform every of Brahms' works for orchestra, the symphonies, the concertos and the Requiem have been cornerstones of his repertoire through his entire career.

08 November

Spotlight Beethoven: Your guide to the symphonies

A spotlight episode about him is indispensable: Ludwig van Beethoven is a composer no conductor can ignore – Karajan least of all. We have made a collection of Beethoven’s most popular musical genre, the symphony, and Karajan’s lifelong work on the “New Testament” of orchestral music. Karajan recorded the complete cycle of symphonies four times, starting in the 1950s with the Philharmonia Orchestra up to film productions with his own production company Telemondial in the 1980s.


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