Karajan, or Beauty As I See It

A film by Robert Dornhelm

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Eliette von Karajan

Arabel von Karajan

Isabel Karajan

Helmut Schmidt — Ex-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Brigitte Fassbaender — Mezzo-soprano

Ioan Holender — Baritone

Gundula Janowitz — Soprano

René Kollo — Tenor

Christa Ludwig — Mezzo-soprano

Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf — Soprano

Clemens Hellsberg — Violinist

Werner Resel — Cellist

Peter Brem — Violinist

Fritz Kaiser — Double bassist

Yehudi Menuhin — Violinist

Evgeny Kissin — Pianist

Anne-Sophie Mutter — Violinist

Program notes

Filmmaker Robert Dornheilm’s Karajan, or Beauty As I See It brings together the classical music world’s elite soloists and conductors to reflect about the legendary maestro and his legacy. The documentary film includes interviews in which former musical prodigies (Anne-Sophie Mutter, Evgeny Kissin), legendary voices of the 20th century (René Kollo, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig) and the great conductors of our time (Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann) share their personal experiences of the Austrian maestro. Karajan’s daughters Arabel and Isabel shed a more personal light on their father and his career. Extraordinary archival footage and interviews with Karajan himself finish off this thought-provoking documentary portrait!

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