Herbert von Karajan eludes his wife at Salzburg

The Philharmonia went on several tours with von Karajan conducting.  One of the most memorable was a Mozart sized orchestra tour to Germany, France and Austria.  Clara Haskill was the piano soloist. It was a pleasant change to play Mozart and not the big symphonies calling for an enormous orchestra.  Von Karajan seemed to be at his best and happiest.

A little later we played at the Salzburg Festival.  We rehearsed in the Mozarteum (the concert hall) one morning and as I was leaving the hall to go to lunch I encountered a plump lady wearing a saucy Tyrolean hat complete with feather.  It was Frau von Karajan and she exclaimed to me “Wo ist mein Mann, Herbert?”  I remained dumb because I had seen von K. only minutes before escorting a beautiful willowy blonde out of the back door.  They were married later and she often used to come to our recording sessions

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