The film Karajan – The Second Life offers a fascinating glimpse of Karajan's work in the recording studio, painting a nuanced portrait of the famed Austrian conductor and his musical ideas. Estimated to be the top-selling classical music recording artist of all time, the documentary delves into Karajan's incomparably ambitious artistic legacy.
The wealth of never-before-seen archival footage (about 90% newly released) depicts Karajan in rehearsals and during recording sessions, and feature video of Karajan conducting works that had never before appeared on film or TV (e.g. The Rite of Spring and Siegfried).
Renowned colleagues and contemporaries of Karajan are interviewed, including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Peter Alward, David Bell, Brigitte Fassbaender, and Eberhard Finke. The film also includes previously-unreleased privately-recorded phone conversations between Karajan and his recording producer Günter Hermanns, excerpts that offer unique insight the collaboration between Karajan and his technical team.