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Karl Böhm

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Requiem in D Minor, K. 626 : Mozart: Requiem in D Minor, K. 626 - 3. Sequentia: VI. Lacrimosa Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm, Chor der Wiener Staatsoper, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 04:10
Requiem In D Minor, K.626 : Mozart: Requiem In D Minor, K.626 - 3. Sequentia: V. Confutatis Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm, Hans Haselböck, Chor der Wiener Staatsoper 03:52
Requiem In D Minor, K.626 : Mozart: Requiem In D Minor, K.626 - 7. Agnus Dei/ 8. Lux aeterna Edith Mathis, Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Haselböck, Karl Böhm 11:29
Requiem In D Minor, K.626 : Mozart: Requiem In D Minor, K.626 - 3. Sequentia: IV. Recordare Edith Mathis, Julia Hamari, Wieslaw Ochman, Karl Ridderbusch 07:05
Concerto For Flute, Harp, And Orchestra In C, K.299 : 2. Andantino Wolfgang Schulz, Wiener Philharmoniker, Nicanor Zabaleta, Karl Böhm 09:09
Requiem In D Minor, K.626 : Mozart: Requiem In D Minor, K.626 - 3. Sequentia: III. Rex tremendae Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm, Hans Haselböck, Chor der Wiener Staatsoper 03:11
Requiem In D Minor, K.626 : Mozart: Requiem In D Minor, K.626 - 4. Offertorium: Hostias Hans Haselböck, Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm, Chor der Wiener Staatsoper 05:06
Requiem In D Minor, K.626 : Mozart: Requiem In D Minor, K.626 - 6. Benedictus Edith Mathis, Julia Hamari, Wieslaw Ochman, Karl Ridderbusch 06:54
Requiem In D Minor, K.626 : Mozart: Requiem In D Minor, K.626 - 4. Offertorium: Domine Jesu Edith Mathis, Julia Hamari, Wieslaw Ochman, Karl Ridderbusch 04:39
Requiem In D Minor, K.626 - Compl. By Franz Xaver Süssmayer : Mozart: Requiem In D Minor, K.626 - Compl. By Franz Xaver Süssmayer - 1. Introitus: Requiem / 2. Kyrie Edith Mathis, Hans Haselböck, Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm 09:39

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Steeped in the great traditions of Austro-German classical music, Karl Böhm was revered as a master of Wagner, Strauss and Mozart's operas and was known as a precise, disciplined conductor full of spritely energy and focused efficiency.

Born in Graz, Austria (August 14, 1981) he followed his father's wishes and studied for a law degree but at the same time also enrolled at the Vienna Music Conservatory and made his conducting debut at his hometown opera in 1917, leading a performance of Viktor Nessler's 'Der Trompeter von Sakkingen'. Spotted and then mentored by controversial German composer Karl Muck, he cut his teeth with the Bavarian State and Hamburg Operas and then became head of the Dresden Opera in 1934, where he befriended Richard Strauss and led performances of his works Die Schweigsame Frau and Daphne, which Strauss dedicated to Böhm. He also helped to rejuvenate the Vienna State Opera in the 1940s and 1950s and earned a stellar reputation in America where he made a stunning debut at the The Metropolitan Opera with Mozart's Don Giovanni and later conducted the New York Philharmonic on memorable performances of Mozart, Brahms and Hindemith.

His recording of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at the Bayreuth Festival in 1966 was another important landmark and he was regarded by some critics as one of the finest conductors of the 20th century, whose work spread to include diligent, masterful interpretations of Bruckner, Haydn and Schubert. Always a popular fixture at the prestigious Salzburg Festival, he gave his final performance when recording a filmed version of Strauss's Elektra, before suffering a stroke. He died in 1981 at the age of 86.