Karajan’s timpanist dies, aged 90main
The Berlin Philharmonic reports the death of Oswald Vogler, principal timpanist from 1970 to 1997.
He was hired by Karajan from the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, after impressing Karl Böhm with his precision in Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony.
Vogler was famed among percussionists for his motto: ‘we don’t hit, we play.’
He died on December 26.