Herbert Von Karajan: A Life in Music

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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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A superb biography of a great conductor who was dogged by controversy throughout his career.Born in Salzburg in 1908, Karajan's career began to flourish in 1935. When offered his first important ... Read full review

Herbert von Karajan: A Life in Music

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Osborne, a respected British broadcaster and writer on classical music (Conversations with Karajan, LJ 4/1/90), here builds on documentation of Karajan's career compiled by the late Swedish writer and ... Read full review

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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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