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What Makes Great Leaders Great: Management Lessons from Icons Who Changed the World by Frank Arnold

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CHAPTER 20

Practice Purposeful Abandonment

LEARNING FROM

Herbert von Karajan

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For over 30 years, the masterful conducting of Herbert von Karajan (1908–1989) made the Berlin Philharmonic, which he led between 1955 and 1989, one of the most highly rated orchestras performing Wagner’s music. At the same time, Karajan also set new standards for the interpretation of the classical and romantic repertoire of concertos and orchestral works of Ludwig van Beethoven, Anton Bruckner, and Richard Strauss. And as if that was not enough, Karajan was rated one of the most competent interpreters of works by Giuseppe Verdi.

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