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April 4   -   Guardian

Herbert von Karajan, the most fashionable conductor of the present day - archive, 1960

4 April 1960: Neville Cardus sees the Austrian as something of an enigma - a masterful showman who produces ‘chamber of horrors music’

The Festival Hall was crowded on Friday for the visit of Herbert von Karajan, the most fashionable conductor of the present day, and indeed a symbol of the present day’s approach to the art of music. All over the world people in herds go to hear and to see him. He is undoubtedly a master of the orchestra, and he has some hypnotic power, though often he conducts with closed eyes: and also sometimes it is advisable for us to attend to him with closed eyes, now and again perhaps with closed ears.

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