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From The Archives - Wilhelm Furtwängler

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Conductors Bruno Walter, Arturo Toscanini, Erich Kleiber, Otto Klemperer and Wilhelm Furtwängler - Berlin 1929

Wilhelm Furtwängler was a brilliant conductor, but a controversial genius, whose legacy still inspires debate. His remarkable musicianship is on display in three recordings of music by Weber, Schumann, and Beethoven – all central to the German musical canon to which he was so dedicated. This series of five programs of these great conductors ends with perhaps the most enigmatic and most interesting interpreter of the group.

Compositions and Recordings

Procession of the Nobles, by Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov
Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Der Freischutz Overture, by Carl Maria von Weber
Wilhelm Furtwängler and The Berlin Philharmonic

Symphony No. 4, by Robert Schumann
Wilhelm Furtwängler and The Berlin Philharmonic

Egmont Overture, by Ludwig van Beethoven
Wilhelm Furtwängler and The Vienna Philharmonic

Frank Byrne is the host of From the Archives on 91.9 Classical KC.
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