The Other Karajan

Six programmes in which Richard Osborne remembers the great Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan.


01Undertones Of War19980912

A look at the impact of war on the conductor's personality and music making.

Holst: Mars (The Planets).

Vienna PO.

Teike: Alte Kameraden.

Sonntag, after Wagner: Nibelungen-Marsch.

Wagner-Regeny: The Citizens of Calais (Act 2, exc).

Marie Slorach (sop), David Johnston (tenor), BBC Concert Orch/Simon Joly.

Bruckner: Symphony No 8 (exc).

Prussian State Orchestra.

Bizet: Carmen (exc).

Leontyne Price (sop), Vienna PO.

Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 (exc).

Honegger: Symphony No 3 (exc).

Berlin PO.

02Mountain Man19980919

Though often dubbed a `jet-set' conductor, Herbert von Karajan was an intensely private man who loathed cities and distrusted the social glitterati. Richard Osborne discusses Karajan's preoccupation with mountains, the sea, flying and other forms of high-speed locomotion. With music by Mahler, Mozart, Haydn, Debussy, Sibelius and Strauss, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic and the Philharmonia.

03On With The Motley19980926

Karajan was first and foremost a man of the theatre. Richard Osborne describes the conductor's upbringing in the theatrically charged atmosphere of Max Reinhardt's Salzburg; his early work in Ulm, Aachen and Berlin; and famous triumphs in Milan, Vienna and Salzburg. With music from across the centuries - from Monteverdi to Strauss - and reminiscences from Luciano Pavarotti, Christopher Raeburn, Jeffrey Tate and Astrid Varnay.

04The Hypnotist19981003

Karajan was a mesmeric figure on the rostrum and one the finest ever rehearsers of an orchestra.

Osborne discusses the hypnotist who was also a realist, with contributions from Vladimir Ashkenazy, Walter Legge, Lorin Maazel, Simon Rattle and Jeffrey Tate.

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 6 (1st mvt).

Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (Act 1, excerpt).

Ravel: Bolero.

Schubert: Symphony No 8 (Unfinished) (1st mvt).

Waldteufel: The Skaters' Waltz.

Webern: Symphony, Op 21.

05A Leader Of Suggestive Power19981010

In the fifth of his six-part series on the great Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan, Richard Osborne considers questions of politics, power and perfectionism; the nature of Karajan's command of the orchestra; and his often ambivalent attitude to recording.

The programme includes part of Karajan's 1943 recording of Brahms's Symphony No 1 in C minor with the Concergebouw Orchestra, plus music by Beethoven, Britten, Ravel, Rossini, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky played by the Philharmonia, the Turin Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic.

06 LASTLove And Death19981017

To conclude the series on the great Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan, Richard Osborne tells the story of Karajan's pain-racked and politically troubled final years and explores his lifelong preoccupation with music concerned with love, death, dissolution and transcendence. With excerpts from Wagner's `Tristan und Isolde' and Mahler's Ninth, the Barcarolle from Offenbach's `Tales of Hoffmann' Josef Strauss's waltz `Music of the Spheres'.