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Herbert Von Karajan / Karajan - The Second Life, a film by Eric Schulz / [DVD]

Notes & Reviews:

A brand new 80-munite documentary/film, on DVD for the first time.

A must-have product for anyone with more than a passing interest in one of the greatest conductors of all time.

Never-before-seen film footage and archival material depicting the musical legacy of Herbert von Karajan.

A behind the scenes look at Karajan's work in the recording studio and a multifaceted portrait of the conductor and his musical vision.

Excertps from privately recorded phone conversations between Karajan and his sound engineer Gunter Hermanns selected exclusively for this documentary.

Interviews with important colleagues and collaborators of Karajan" Anne-Sophie Mutter, Peter Alward, David Bell, Brigitte Fassbaender, Eberhard Finke, Wolfgang Gulich, Hans Hirsch, Klaus Konig, Krzysztof Polonek, Ernst Poppel, Godehard Pruin, Klaus Stoll, Pter Uehling, Hans Weber and Andrew Wedman.

A production of the team behind the internationally successful film Traces to Nowhere - The Conductor Carlos Kleiber, from the multi-award-winning director Eric Schulz (including the ECHO Klassik 2011, Gramophone Award, and International Classical Music Award).

Wien live
A fascinating look at the musical ideas of Herbert von Karajan.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
This film is, in the elegance of his cuts and the terseness of his screenplay, a sensation. Not only because Schulz uses footage never seen before. It succeeds in what many have tried in vain: He shows us Karajan in a new light.

London Courier
. . . [Schulz] paints a very different picture of the technical and control freak Karajan. . . a complex portrait of the man who was also significantly involved in the development of modern imaging technology and the CD. . . [Schulz's documents] hitherto unseen insight into Karajan's studio work. . . "Karajan had charisma even when eating salad," says Anne-Sophie Mutter. This document is impressive in every way.


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