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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.
Receiving a contract with the Deutsche Grammophon record label that same year, von Karajan made the first of hundreds of recordings, conducting the Staatskapelle Berlin in the overture to 'The Magic Flute'.
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