3 Year Old Kid & Herbert von Karajan Conduct Beethoven’s 5th: Dueling Videos

Going viral right now: 3 year old Jonathan conducting the 4th movement of Beethoven’s 5th, and doing a pretty good job of channeling the spirit of Herbert von Karajan. What you hear in the background is a recording of Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker. And below we give you this: The real Karajan leading the Berlin Philharmonic through the same movement of Beethoven’s masterpiece circa 1966.

via @neatorama



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  1. Eugene says . . . | November 7, 2010 / 4:36 pm

    Impressive! The performance is almost too good to be spontaneous…

  2. amanda Oliverio says . . . | November 8, 2010 / 8:56 am

    This child is AMAZING! Obviously he has heard this piece many times before. I love the change in facial expression (and the laughing at the end). Has he been exposed to seeing orchestras and conductors live? He is quite good at “feeling” the music and picking up on cues, as well as memory. This is one smart kid!!!! Bravo for exposing him to music at an early age!!!!!

  3. Bonnie Kelley-Young says . . . | November 19, 2010 / 11:19 am

    Wow! Jonathan! I look forward to seeing you do this more as you grow! It’s amazing the capacity for memory and nuance and detail, and the beautiful musical instincts of this child! Beethoven must have passed muster in order to keep a child’s attention like that! Bravo parents for introducing him to such beautiful music, and for valuing what he brings to it – he had me rivetted for the entire piece – Bravo!

  4. Tomera Tomera says . . . | November 20, 2010 / 9:54 am

    One word: “AWESOME”!

    Now, who are this kid’s parents?, where does he live?….Plus, all of the above, of course!

  5. W.C. Fields says . . . | December 10, 2010 / 10:56 am

    …If I may paraphrase Eugene…..
    Sorry, I was not impressed and oh yeah, just a ‘little’ unspontaneous. No, no,… you don’t need to start beating me up and calling me all kinds “child-hater” names. Yes, I realize that he’s THREE (count ‘em!) years old. I’m all for his parent exposing him to the classics. And I’m quite against parents doing this kind of stunt. Neeeext!

  6. Donald Sharpe says . . . | December 24, 2010 / 2:49 am

    This kid has amazing talent and could undoubtedly become a great conductor. One would like to follow his development. Can anyone tell me more about him?
    Donald Sharpe

  7. kathy giddens says . . . | December 29, 2010 / 5:55 am

    No conductor is spontaneous. They must know the music thoroughly. Some have even memorized the whole, hardly needing the score, as this little fellow shows can be done.

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