Karajan: beauty and Brahms

The year was 1978. It had been 24 years since Herbert von Karajan succeeded Wilhelm Furtwangler as principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. The relationship between orchestra and conductor was far from rosy. Karajan’s celebrity status, as a jet-setter sporting his famous kiss-curl hairstyle outshone by far the prodigious orchestra. The Philharmonic was subject to the egotism of…