Wilhelm Furtwängler
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1886-01-25
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Wilhelm Furtwängler

Wilhelm Furtwängler Biography (Wikipedia)

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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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in E flat K365 - iii. Rondo
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Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in E flat K365 - iii. Rondo
Felix Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, Finale
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Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, Finale
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60; 2nd movement
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Symphony No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60; 2nd movement
Richard Wagner
Tristan und Isolde: Liebestod
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Tristan und Isolde: Liebestod
Richard Wagner
Tannhauser Overture 
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Tannhauser Overture 
Felix Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: Finale
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Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: Finale
Wilhelm Furtwängler
Violin Sonata No 1 – Adagio solenne
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Violin Sonata No 1 – Adagio solenne
Ludwig van Beethoven
Furtwangler - Beethoven's 9th Symphony 
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Furtwangler - Beethoven's 9th Symphony 
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