Orchestra celebrates their old maestro in the Digital Concert Hall for the 25th anniversary of his death.
Today, works from Karajan’s extensive repertoire have joined the online archives of Berliner Philharmoniker to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of Herbert von Karajan. The distinguished conductor’s video recordings of Beethoven’s Symphanies No. 6 from Autumn 1967 (directed by Hugo Niebeling) and No. 9 from 1968 (directed by François Reichenbach) will join other recently released works from Karajan’s extensive media heritage.
Always on the cutting edge of recording technology, Karajan left to the world a musical legacy that is now being made available in the Digital Concert Hall. The BPO online concert archive, documenting 50 years of the orchestral history, has recently expanded to include comprehensive HD quality footage of their work with Karajan during his long-time role as chief conductor. Many of Karajan’s core works, including complete cycles of symphonies by Brahms and Beethoven, are now available online, alongside a wealth of text and images from the Karajan era.
The first release of Karajan’s works on July 4 included Dvořák’s New World Symphony and an interview about the work with Karajan from 1966, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, as well as a complete Brahms cycle from 1973 and the 1978 New Year concert. Also available is the 2012 documentary “Karajan – The Second Life” by Eric Schulz, as well as Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 7, recorded October 1971 with director Hugo Niebeling.
In addition, a series of documentaries exploring recollections of their former chief conductor by members of the Berlin Phil will begin with an interview with Sir Simon Rattle. Recordings will continue to be released throughout 2014 and into 2015, including Peter Tchaikovsky’s late symphonies and studio productions of Wagner’s Das Rheingold (1978) and Verdi’s Otello (1973).
The Digital Concert Hall, an online video platform, was created by the BPO. In addition to the growing archive of the orchestra’s history from the last half-century, the platform broadcasts around 40 concerts live in HD from the Berlin Philharmonie per season.
Karajan’s works can be viewed through the Digital Concert Hall.