The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Bandleaders #6

Herbert Von Karajan


Marshall-Stacks said...

'Bandleader' ? bwah ha humour.
HVK was the ROCKSTAR of conductors.

Lex10 said...

Fer Karajan out loud, that's a good pic!

asleep said...

The photograph was taken in 1938. That year, Karajan conducted the Berlin Philharmonic for the first time -landmark in his career.

As Karajan's fame grew, so did Wilhelm Furtwängler's dislike of "Little K".
Recommended: "Taking Sides", a film by Istvan Szabo, adapted from Ronald Harwood's play.

According to Sviatoslav Richter, Karajan was more than content with publicity; he loved to pose etc.

estiv said...

The French call him "Air Bear." But then, that's what they call anyone named Herbert.

Ian Zamboni said...

Give me Fricsay or Furtwangler any day!