"Herbert von Karajan there, with the strings of the Berlin Philharmonic"

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1882. Since 1954, it has had three high-profile principal conductors: Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, and Simon Rattle (currently in post).

The Austrian-born Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) was at the helm between 1954 and 1989. In the brief video clip below, he is conducting Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben.