The Austrian interview programme "Bitte legen Sie ab" ("Make yourself at home") featuring portraits of prominent celebrities was highly successful in the 1960s.
Herbert von Karajan was a guest on this multifaceted show led by Austrian journalists and authors Heinz Fischer-Karwin and Karl Löbl, in which the conductor's wife Eliette von Karajan, the soprano Gundula Janowitz, Karajan's housekeeper Greta Weitgasser and his pilot Paul Brenner also got their say.
Heinz Fischer-Karwin: Can conducting be learned?
Herbert von Karajan: "...Teaching is one of my favourite activities. I can tell you after two minutes if someone is really suited to conducting or not. Everything else can be learned.
You can teach someone a style, or technical aspects of the art. Above all, you can show someone how to convert their desire to do something into concrete actions, in other words, to make an orchestra play as imagined. The art of interpretation cannot be taught."