A classic Gramophone article, by HC Robbins Landon, March 1964

Herbert von Karajan in 1969 (Reinhard Friedrich / Archiv Berliner Philharmoniker)

SCENE I. A warm summer's day in Salzburg. The square in front of the Festspielhaus is the scene of subdued activity; from within come sounds of rehearsing. Chorus members are lounging about, waiting for their entry. Tourists – Germans in short trousers, Americans in slacks with cameras over their shoulders – peer expectantly around. A white-uniformed policeman is directing traffic. From right stage a .....

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