HERBERT VON KARAJAN – MAESTRO FOR THE SCREEN
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Director: Georg Wübbolt
The film focuses on one specific facet of Herbert von Karajan’s artistic work: he was the first conductor who was obsessed with the filming of his musical performances in order to preserve a cultural heritage. Also as a film and TV director, he was an aesthete, a perfectionist, and a true pioner. He once said: “Actually, I should have been born in a laterera.” Television engineering was still in the fledgling stages when Karajan started. Still, his visual approach and rigid rules how to film an orchestra and soloists - and of course how to present himself as a conductor – till today have an impact on everybody who produces recordings of concerts and opera for the screen. No wonder that Karajan’s high pretensions demanded a great deal of his entire film crew, and due to strong characters on both sides of the creative fence, once in a while simmering tensions came to head. Herbert von Karajan’s immediate co-operators, like his chief camera man Ernst Wild, the editor Gela Marina Runne, the director Hugo Niebeling, and various TV and record producers like Horant Hohlfeld, Günther Breest and Norio Ohga talk about their experiences with the Maestro.
"Ein beeindruckender, mitunter sogar ergreifender Dokumentarfilm, der viel zum Verständnis Karajans und seiner Ansichten beitragen kann." Rémy Franck, PIZZICATO, Juni 2008
"[...] sehenswerte Dokumentation [...]." Guido Fischer, RONDO, Heft 04/2008
"This DVD is essential for anyone interested in the evolution of the classical music industry and is increasingly visual values." Andrew Clark, FT.com (Financial Times Online), 27.09.2008
"Wübbolt's production offers a fascinating insight into the creative process, with an unapologetic view of a brilliant but arrogant maestro who reached for greatness while stepping on toes." IdentityTheory.com, 09.12.2009