Herbert von Karajan - Ein Heldenleben
Above left - Herbert von Karajan aboard his yacht Helisara Vl. Above right - with his Falcon 10 jet at Salzburg Airport, photographer Emile Perauer.
Above left- Die Walkure Act lll Salzburg 1967. Above right - Karajan playing a walk-on part in his 1967 film of Carmen, photographer Siegfried Lauterwasser
Above left - Karajan receiving an honorary doctorate Waseda University, Tokyo, photographer Akira Kinoshita. Above right - untitled, photographer Jaywant Ullal
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Karajan jumped into a taxi in Vienna and shouted to the driver “Hurry, hurry”. “Very good sir – where to?” said the driver. “It does not matter”said von Karajan. “I am needed everywhere”.
Much has been made recently of the unapproved use of Ligeti's music in Stanley Kubrick's film "2001 A Space Odyssey". We should also remember that the opening of Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathrusta with its long C major chord on the organ was forever linked with space travel by its appearance in the same film in Karajan's 1958 recording with the Vienna Philharmonic. Karajan then went on to re-record the work with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1974.