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One of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, von Karajan ruled over the Berlin Philharmonic and European classical music for more than three decades. Celebrated for his recordings of Beethoven, Mozart and Mahler symphonies, he sold some 200 million albums.
Herbert von Karajan was born Heribert Ritter von Karajan on 5 April 1908 to a Greek father and Slovene mother. Through her, he was related to the composer, Hugo Wolf. Young Herbert was a child prodigy at the piano.
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