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The Real Karajan

Saturday 5 July 2008 12:15-13:00 (Radio 3)

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.


45 minutes


(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)
Philharmonia Orchestra
EMI CDM 566603-2

Strauss: Tod und Verklarung (1972)
Berlin Philharmonic
DG 447 422-2

Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra (1965)
Berlin Philharmonic
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)
Philharmonia Orchestra
EMI CDS 556242-2

Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours (La Gioconda) (1960 recording)
Philharmonia Orchestra
EMI 512038-2 (88-CD box set: Herbert von Karajan: Volume 1 - Orchestral)

Wagner: Siegfried's Funeral March (Gotterdammerung)
Berlin Philharmonic
DG 457 795-2

Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 (1966 recording)
Berlin Philharmonic
DG 429 716-2

Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande (1978 recording)
Richard Stilwell (baritone)
Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano)
Berlin Philharmonic
EMI CDS 749350-2

Chabrier: Espana (1947 recording)
Vienna Philharmonic
EMI 512038-2 (88-CD box set: Herbert von Karajan: Volume 1 - Orchestral)

Beethoven: Symphony No 6 (1982 recording)
Berlin Philharmonic
DG 439 004-2

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