This July 16, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of Herbert von Karajan's death. We remember an outstanding artistic personality by presenting his oeuvre in a selection of concerts and documentaries. 

New Year's Day Concert 1987

1 x 97 min.


Herbert von Karajan conducted the world-famous New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra only once in 1987. In doing this he ennobled an institution that until then had perpetually been in the hand of a single colleague. The main opinion is that Karajan put the ideal balance of light-footed joy and musical brilliance in this Viennese Music. Contributions to this success were Kathleen Battle with the “Frühlingsstimmen Walzer”, the State Opera Ballet and the famous white horses, the Lippizaner. The New Year’s Concert 1987 – it is really a great moment of musical history!

Herbert von Karajan Profile

1 x 89 min.


This film documentary by Gernot Friedl follows the life and work of the great conductor, revealing both his charisma - the Karajan phenomenon - and also the more controversial sides of his personality and musical approach. Extracts from opera and concert works by Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner, Bach, Puccini, Johann Strauss (the younger), Mahler, Verdi, Richard Strauss and Schonberg testify to the wide-ranging repertoire which Herbert von Karajan developed during his life as a conductor.

Opening Concert Chamber Music Hall Berlin 1987

1 x 48 min.


The Opening of the Berlin Chamber Music Hall in October 1987 would remain one of the last appearances of Karajan in Berlin. On this occasion, Karajan conducted Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”. The part of the solo violin was played by one of the best violinists in the world, who also was the favourite musical partner of Karajan at the time: Anne-Sophie Mutter. A passionate young musician, she became – next to Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – the third star of the evening. Karajan directed the concert while playing the cembalo himself.

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