Impressions of Herbert von Karajan

The 1978 documentary Impressions of Herbert von Karajan was the first major Karajan film biography. Without glorifying him, the film shows the conductor’s diverse interests and talents: not only as a musician but also – for example – as a lover of fast cars and aeroplanes. And as the film was made during Karajan’s lifetime, it gives a very authentic impression of the period.

A film by Vojtěch Jasný (1978)

Herbert von Karajan

Agnes Baltsa

Hildegard Behrens

José van Dam

René Kollo

Edith Mathis

André von Mattoni

Siegmund Nimsgern

Seiji Ozawa

Wolfgang Stresemann

Anna Tomowa-Sintow

Jon Vickers



Herbert von Karajan Chief conductor 1956–1989
José van Dam baritone
René Kollo tenor
Seiji Ozawa conductor

© 1978 Unitel

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