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Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karajan, Herbert von
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich - Composer
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, "Pathetique"
Venue: Philharmonie, Berlin
Date of Concert: 1973
Playing Time: 00:46:11
Television Director: Karajan, Herbert von
Catalogue Number: A05500583
Commanding the podium with his slender figure, theatrical shock of hair and penetrating blue eyes, Herbert von Karajan projected the hieratic image of the conductor as officiant of some quasi-mystic rite. And anyone who ever saw him conduct live or on his many audiovisual recordings will agree that in his performances, music did indeed become a religion and Karajan its high priest. Karajan (1908-1989) embodied classical music in the general consciousness as an epoch-making conductor, media star, opera producer, festival director and festival founder. But in spite of his Promethean and widely varied activities, he remained a superb conductor, with a grasp of the standard orchestral and operatic repertory from Mozart to Schoenberg that was unsurpassed among his peers. The "Pathetique" was recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie in 1973.