Herbert von Karajan regularly conducted the works of Brahms, particularly the Symphonies and Ein deutsches Requiem, throughout his long career. He first conducted Symphony No 1 in Aachen in 1934 and it was in London on 6th October 1988 that he gave his last performance of the work.
“Indeed Karajan’s performances of the First Symphony were one of the glories of the 1980s.”Richard Osborne 1994
“His last concerts in London, and in particular the Brahms symphonies which he presented two years ago, revealed a depth to his interpretations…………. Anyone who heard those performances would have no doubt about the magnitude of Karajan’s genius”Richard Morrison “The Times” Monday July 17th 1989