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Karajan - Das Zweite Leben

A film from Eric Schulz.
In cooperation with ServusTV

German version. First release.

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A film from Eric Schulz.


  • 30 July 2012, 18:30


The film Karajan – Das Zweite Leben (Karajan – The Second Life) offers a fascinating glimpse of the reality of Karajan’s work in the recording studio, painting a nuanced portrait of the conductor and his musical ideas. The main focus is on the question of what will remain of Karajan, who recorded more albums than any other musician, and of his incomparably ambitious artistic legacy. 
Furthermore, the ServusTV production offers a wealth of archival footage never shown before (about 90% of the music excerpts shown have never been released before), depicting Karajan during rehearsals and recording sessions, including works that have not been shown under his baton previously on film or TV (e.g. Le Sacre du printemps and Siegfried).
The film project was realized by the same team that also produced the internationally successful Spuren ins Nichts – Der Dirigent Carlos Kleiber (Traces to Nowhere – The Conductor Carlos Kleiber), assembled by the director Eric Schulz, winner of multiple awards (including the ECHO Classic Award 2011, Gramophone Award and International Classical Music Award).
Renowned colleagues and contemporaries of Karajan are interviewed: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Peter Alward, David Bell, Brigitte Fassbaender, Eberhard Finke, Wolfgang Gülich, Hans Hirsch, Klaus König, Krzysztof Polonek, Ernst Pöppel, Godehard Pruin, Klaus Stoll, Peter Uehling, Hans Weber and Andrew Wedman.
Excerpts from privately recorded phone conversations between Karajan and his recording producer Günter Hermanns were evaluated exclusively for this film, conveying an authentic insight into the way Karajan worked with his team.

Eric Schulz, born in 1979, studied opera direction at the Academy of Music and Theater in Hamburg. His work as a filmmaker began with Wagners Meistersänger – Hitlers Siegfried (SWR, SF, ORF, 54 minutes) on the Heldentenor Max Lorenz (DVD: EuroArts). This was followed by Carlos Kleiber – Spuren ins Nichts (ServusTV), the first documentary worldwide about the conductor Carlos Kleiber (DVD: Arthaus). The latter film, released in 2011, won an ECHO Classic Award in 2011, the Gramophone Award, the Annual Prize of the German Record Critics in 2011 and the International Classical Music Award in 2012.