Herbert Von Karajan

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Pimlico, 1999 - Conductors (Music) - 851 pages
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'A monumental work of scholarship, of integrity, of sympathy born of respect and humanity. A woven tapestry, rather than a mere listing of events and accomplishments, it reveals itself quietly and objectively, leaving the reader to judge a man whose personality was inseparable from the history of the age and his own background. ' Yehudi Menuhin. To write abour Karajan (1908-1989) is like writing about Callas - he w as a megastar. Born in Austria, he had particular contacts with Salzburg and Vienna, and his career included controversial musical directorships in Ulm and Aachen. he was the mastermind behind the grea test European orchestra of his age: the Berlin Philharmonic. He worked with the finest artists of his time and pioneered the huge international business of recordings. ' The conductor's conductor', his career spanned a century.

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Review: Herbert Von Karajan: A Life in Music

User Review  - Cieocom - Goodreads

Wonderful details of a great career and an opening to what music's subtle meanings and significances can be. Lots of background on K and others, as well. Reading this title is a little like being in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

Wow, this took a long time to read. I've been getting into classical music lately so I picked up a biography of one of the most talented and notorious conductors of the 20th century. Although the book ... Read full review

About the author (1999)

Richard Osborne is one of Britain's best known and most widely respected writers and broadcasters on classical music. Born in 1943 in the East Riding of Yorkshire, he read English at Bristol University. He taught for a number of years, began broadcasting for BBC Radio 3 in 1969, and joined the review panel of Gramophone in 1974. His Rossini (1985) was widely acclaimed for its readability and scholarship and is now regarded as the standard work on the subject. In 1989, he published Conversations with Karajan. He is married, with one son, and lives in Berkshire.

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