16 October 2007
Karajan conducts the Meistersinger Vorspiel
Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) in a vintage recording conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on tour in Japan in November 1957. This is the Vorspiel (Prelude) to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (act 1).
Herbert von Karajan performed in Bayreuth in 1951 when he did one Ring cycle and six performances of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. In 1952 he appeared zum letzten Mal in five performances of Tristan und Isolde.
His 1951 Meistersinger was recorded and is available on CD. Some of the singers include: Erich Kunz, Erich Majkut, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Frederick Dalberg and Hans Hopf.
He recorded Meistersinger in 1972 with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Theo Adam, René Kollo, Helen Donath and Karl Ridderbusch.