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Herbert von Karajan (1908–1989)

It is an unfortunate aspect of the present day that there are those who cannot necessarily see and appreciate pure greatness when it stares them in the face. The excuse usually given is that some people could not forgive, let alone understand, why he joined the Nazi Party. However, Karajan never was an active party member. He did it to get a job. ... See full bio »


(age 81) in Anif, Salzburg, Austria

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2001: A Space Odyssey
The Shining
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There Will Be Blood
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 2016 Gino (Short) (performer: "Madama Butterfly")
 2016 Skam (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Jeg skal forklare alt (2016) ... (performer: "Ja, Vi Elsker")
 2015 Marguerite (performer: "Du zeugtest ein edles Geschlecht" from Die Walküre)
 2014 Falling Star (performer: "Un bel dí vedremo")
 2013 Village People (performer: "Violin Concerto n D, Op 77:III)
 2013 Once Upon a Time... (Video short) (performer: "Io de' sospiri", "Ah! finalmente!")
 2013 Camille Claudel 1915 (performer: "Magnificat, BWV 243: Suscepit Israel' composed by nm0001925)
 2012 Passion ("PRELUDE TO THE AFTERNOON OF A FAUN" (Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune))
 2012 Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (performer: "Coro delle incudini: Vedi, le fosche notturne (Coro)", "Mesta e la tua canzon! (Coro/Azucena/Manrico/Un vecchio zingaro)")
 2012 Liberal Arts (performer: "I. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande (Allegro ma non troppo)", "Médiation")
 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger (performer: "Wagner: Szene 3: 'Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater (Die Walküre - Erster Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen"/Erster Aufzug)", "Wagner: Trauermarsch (Götterdämmerung - Dritter Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen"/Dritter Aufzug)")
 2011 The Tree of Life (performer: "Andante moderato [Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98]")
 2011 Priest (performer: "Mozart: 3. Sequentia: Dies irae (Requiem in D minor, K. 626)")
 2011 Rango (performer: "AN DER SCHÖNEN BLAUEN DONAU, OP. 314")
 2010 The Warrior's Way (performer: "D'amor sull'ali rosee")
 2010 Special Collector's Edition (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Especial Scope (2010) ... (performer: "Má Vlast, cycle of 6 symphonic poems" - uncredited)
 2010 La Rafle (performer: "L'or du Rhin - prélude")
 2010 Four Lions (performer: "Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, OP 95 'From The New World'")
 2009 Land of the Lost (performer: "Also Sprach Zarathustra")
 2009 Tetro (performer: "Humming Chorus", "Ecco, son giunte al somme del pendio" - uncredited)
 2009 ...and Then There's Claude. (Documentary short) (performer: "Largo")
 2007 There Will Be Blood (performer: "Violin Concerto in D Major Op.77:3. Vivace Non Troppo")
 2005 The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (performer: "The Planets Opus 32:2. Venus, The Bringer of Peace")
 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (performer: "Also Sprach Zarathustra")
 2004/I Closer (performer: "Oh, Dei, come veloce se ne va quella barca!", "Soave sia il vento")
 2004 The Ninth (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "9th Symphony")
 2003 Poem: I Set My Foot Upon the Air and It Carried Me ("Symphonie No 9. Aufnahme 1962")
 2003 It's All About Love ("Scéne et Valse de Swanilda")
 2002 Lilya 4-Ever (performer: "Symphony in 4 H-Minor 'Al Santo Sepolcro' (RV169)")
 2002 Death to Smoochy (performer: "Also Sprach Zarathustra" - as Herbert Von Karajan)
 2000 Adagio (Short) (performer: "Adagio g-moll in G Minor")
 1999 Magnolia (performer: "Also Sprach Zarathustra", "Habanera from Carmen")
 1998 A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (performer: "Salome")
 1987 The Last Emperor (performer: "Kaiser Walzer (Emperor Waltz) op. 437" (1889))
 1987 Fatal Attraction (performer: "SELECTIONS FROM PUCCINI'S MADAMA BUTTERFLY" (1904) - as Herbert Von Karajan)
 1985 Day of the Dead (performer: "Symphony No. 9 in D minor ('Choral'), Op. 125" - uncredited)
 1985 Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World' (TV Special documentary short) (performer: "Symphony No 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, "From the New World": I. Adagio", "Symphony No 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, "From the New World": II. Largo", "Symphony No 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, "From the New World": III. Scherzo. Molto vivace", "Symphony No 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, "From the New World": IV. Allegro con fuoco")
 1982 Frances (writer: "Symphony #7 in A major, Op. 92, 2nd movement")
 1980 The Shining (performer: "Music for strings, percussion and Celesta (Movement III)")
 1979 Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa solemnis op. 123 (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Missa solemnis op. 123")
 1973 World on a Wire (TV Movie) (performer: "An der schönen blauen Donau")
 1972 Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King (performer: "Excerpts from 'Das Rheingold'", "Excerpts from Siegfrid", "Excerpts from 'Götterdämmerung'")
 1968 2001: A Space Odyssey ("The Blue Danube" (1866)) / (performer: "Also Sprach Zarathustra")
 1967 Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 in b-moll von Peter I. Tschaikowsky (TV Movie) (performer: "Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb Minor")
 1967/I Elvira Madigan (performer: "Concerto for Violin and Strings in E major, RV 271 (L'Amoroso, first movement)" - uncredited)
 1949 St. Matthew Passion (Documentary) (performer: "The St. Matthew Passion")
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Historians and biographers have debated the validity of his membership in the National Socialist (Nazi) Party. However, most agree that his association with NSDAP Officers helped to advance his conducting career and ensure his success as a famous interpretive artist in postwar Europe. See more »

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