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Re: Harbert von Karajan: Maestro for the Screen (Ian Lace review)
Mr Pyle has maybe misunderstood my critique. I was, after all, required to give my impressions on a video and I really did find Karajan's insistence of having himself placed centre-stage ad nauseam rather wearing to put it mildly. As to my apparent prejudice against Karajan this is quite untrue. I have admired much of his work over the years and treasure a number of his recordings including his Der Rosenkavalier and his Tchaikovsky 5th with Dennis Brain plus numerous other recordings. I still feel dubious about his disinclination to record much British music when he was over here conducting and recording with the Philharmonia. I am indebted to Mr Pyle for drawing my attention to the fact that Karajan had recorded a little RVW and Britten. Shame he did not regard Elgar who was clearly influenced by Continental composers despite an apparent overt jingoism and love of the English countryside.
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