Death of Conductor Herbert von Karajan



16 July 1989

Herbert von Karajan (1908 - 1989) was an exceptional talent and a remarkable personality of the world of classical music in the 20th century. A child prodigy at the piano, he followed a remarkable career. He was engaged as principal conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, artistic director of the Salzburg Festival, director of the Vienna State Opera and a permanent guest conductor at the Scala in Milan. He went down in music history known as "Das Wunder Karajan" (the Karajan miracle). He died of a heart attack at age 81 in his house in Anif, Salzburg, and was buried at Ostfriedhof cemetery the following day. Erich Lessing's photo reportage captured unique moments of the famous conductor's life - In the years 1956 and 1957, he accompanied Herbert von Karajan during his engagements in Berlin, Lucerne, Salzburg and Vienna.

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 with the Berlin Philharmonic and the pianist Glenn Gould. Concert Hall of the Hochschule der Kuenste, Berlin, Germany, 24 to 26 May 1957.

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    Herbert von Karajan inspecting a new jet-trainer built by the Pilatus works near Lucerne. Karajan held a pilot's licence and flew this plane between rehearsal and concert. Lucerne, Switzerland, 1957.

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    Conductor Karajan conducting at the Salzburg Festival. Salzburg, Austria, 1957.

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan rehearsing singers at the Vienna State Opera. Vienna, Austria, 1957.

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan rehearsing with Nathan Milstein in Lucerne,Switzerland. Lucerne,1957

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin, 23 - 25 May 1957.

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin. 23 - 25 May 1957

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin, 23 - 25 May 1957.

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin. 23 - 25 May 1957

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin. 23 - 25 May 1957.

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin. 23 - 25 May 1957.

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin. 23 - 25 May 1957.

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin, 23 - 25 May 1957.

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin. 23 - 25 May 1957

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    Pianist Glenn Gould performing with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan. Beethoven's Piano Concerto mo. 3 in C minor, Op.37. Hochschule der Kuenste, Berlin 24-26 May 1957.

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin, 23 - 25 May 1957.

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin, 23 - 25 May 1957.

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin. 23 - 25 May 1957

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin. 23 - 25 May 1957

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin, 23 - 25 May 1957.

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin. 23 - 25 May 1957

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin, 23 - 25 May 1957.

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan (5.4.1908 - 16.7.1989) recording Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Grunewald Church in Berlin. 23 - 25 May 1957

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    Conductor Herbert von Karajan and members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra listening to the playback of Bruckner's 8th symphony.

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