Wilhelm Furtwängler

Wilhelm Furtwängler
Wilhelm Furtwängler (January 25, 1886 – November 30, 1954) was a German conductor and composer. He is considered to be one of the greatest symphonic and operatic conductors of the 20th century.

Furtwängler was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic between 1922 and 1945, and from 1952 until 1954. He was also principal conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra (1922–26), and was a guest conductor of other major orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic.

He was the leading conductor to remain in Germany during the Second World War, although he was not an adherent of the Nazi regime. This decision caused lasting controversy, and the extent to which his presence lent prestige to the Third Reich is still debated.

Furtwängler's conducting is well documented in commercial and broadcast recordings and has contributed to his lasting reputation. He had a major influence on many later conductors, and his name is often mentioned when discussing their interpretive styles.
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Wilhelm Furtwängler

Wilhelm Furtwängler

Wilhelm Furtwängler (January 25, 1886 – November 30, 1954) was a German conductor and composer. He is considered to be one of the greatest symphonic and operatic conductors of the 20th century.

Furtwängler was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic between 1922 and 1945, and from 1952 until 1954. He was also principal conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra (1922–26), and was a guest conductor of other major orchestras including t...
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BEETHOVEN Fidelio

Recorded 1953
Total duration: 2hr 14:42

Leonore - Martha Mödl
Florestan – Wolfgang Windgassen
Don Pizarro - Otto Edelmann
Rocco – Gottlob Frick
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Wilhelm Furtwängler, conductor
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BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7
Recorded Berlin, 1943
Total duration: 74:12

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler

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BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"

Recorded live in 1952
Duration 53:04

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler

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BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3

Live concert recorings, 1943/44
Total duration: 62:07

Wilhelm Furtwängler, conductor
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

 

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BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 'Choral'
Recorded Berlin, 1942
Total duration: 73:02

Tilla Briem, soprano
Elisabeth Höngen,
alto
Peter Anders,
tenor
Rudolf Watzke,
bass
Bruno Kittel Choir
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler

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BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 "Choral"
Recorded Lucerne, 1954
Total duration: 76:12

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano
Elsa Cavelti,
alto
Ernst Häfliger,
tenor
Otto Edelmann,
bass
Lucerne Festival Choir
Philharmonia Orchestra
conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler

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BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
Recorded Berlin, 1944 and 1943
Total duration: 77:41

Erich Röhm, violin
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler

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BRAHMS Ein Deutches Requiem

Live performance at Stockholm Konzerthus, 19 November 1948
Total duration: 79:57

Kerstin Lindberg-Torlind soprano
Bernhard Sönnerstedt baritone
Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Stockholm Philharmonic Chorus
Wilhelm Furtwängler conductor
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    BRAHMS Symphony No. 3
    BRAHMS
    Symphony No. 4 
    Live concert recordings, 1948 & 1949
    Total duration: 79:47  

    Wilhelm Furtwängler, conductor
    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

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    BRUCKNER Symphony No. 6 (Mvts. 2-4)
    BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7 (2nd mvt.)
    Recorded Berlin, 1943 and 1942
    Total duration: 59:33

    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler

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    BRUCKNER Symphony No. 4
    Recorded Stuttgart, 1951
    Total duration: 65:29

    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler

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    BRUCKNER Symphony No. 5
    Recorded Berlin, 1942
    Total duration: 69:33

    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler