Deutsche Grammophon honours Herbert von Karajan: 50 years as a DG recording artist
16 July marks the 25th anniversary of his death

Herbert von Karajan and Günther Breest
© Susesch Bayat / DG

During his lifetime, Herbert von Karajan was honored many times for his outstanding work in recorded music, including four prestigious Gramophone Awards, and three Grammys. An honorary citizen of three capitals of European classical music – Salzburg (1968), Berlin (1973) and Vienna (1978) – he remains today the best-selling conductor of all time, having sold over 200 million albums during a recording career spanning a remarkable 50 years.

Now, 25 years since his passing, Deutsche Grammophon is launching an extensive suite of new issues: the new compilation titled “Classic Karajan” – featuring his very first recording for the label, from 1939, the deluxe 12-CD and Blu-ray audio boxed set of Karajan conducting the works of Richard Strauss and, now remastered, the award-winning 1963 Beethoven Symphonies set, along with a fresh presentation of the best-selling “Karajan Symphony Edition”. Further titles will follow in the autumn.

Speaking about his ten years working closely at the label with Karajan, former Deutsche Grammophon Executive Producer Günther Breest commented: “Maestro Karajan was a champion of new technologies, and their application in pushing the boundaries of our business; in so many ways, he was ahead of his time. Twenty-five years after his death, I imagine he would have delighted in how innovation and technology retain a central role in driving the direction of recording and marketing in the classical music world.”

Herbert von Karajan: 50 years as a DG recording artist