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Wilhelm Furtwängler

Gustav Heinrich Ernst Martin Wilhelm Furtwängler (UK: FOORT-veng-glər, US: -⁠lər, German: [ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈfʊɐ̯tvɛŋlɐ]; 25 January 1886 – 30 November 1954) was a German conductor and composer. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest symphonic and operatic conductors of the 20th century. He was a major influence for many later conductors, and his name is often mentioned when discussing their interpretative styles.

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.

Although not an adherent of Nazism, he was the leading conductor to remain in Germany during the Nazi regime. Despite his open opposition to antisemitism and the ubiquity of Nazi symbolism, the regime did not seek to suppress him, at Joseph Goebbels' insistence, for propaganda reasons. This situation caused lasting controversy, and the extent to which his presence lent prestige to Nazi Germany is still debated.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1, 1886 (Berlin-Schöneberg), Died November 30, 1954 (Baden-Baden)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1931

Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 31 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 174bm 12-in. 10/16/1926 Symphony no. 5 in C minor Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 175bm 12-in. 10/16/1926 Symphony no. 5 in C minor Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 176bm 10-in. 10/16/1926 Symphony no. 5 in C minor Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 177bm 10-in. 10/16/1926 Symphony no. 5 in C minor Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 178bm 10-in. 10/16/1926 Symphony no. 5 in C minor Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 179bm 12-in. 10/16/1926 Symphony no. 5 in C minor Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 214bm 12-in. 10/30/1926 Symphony no. 5 in C minor Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 215bm 12-in. 10/30/1926 Symphony no. 5 in C minor Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 216bm 12-in. 10/30/1926 Symphony no. 5 in C minor Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 217bm 12-in. 10/30/1926 Symphony no. 5 in C minor Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 218bm 12-in. 10/30/1926 Symphony no. 5 in C minor Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 330½bm 12-in. 1927 Symphony no. 5 in C minor Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 857bi 12-in. 6/13/1929 Midsummer night’s dream : Overture Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 858bi 12-in. 6/13/1929 Midsummer night’s dream : Overture Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 859bi 12-in. 6/13/1929 Midsummer night’s dream : Overture Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 860bi 12-in. 6/13/1929 Air from Suite in D major Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 861bi 12-in. 6/13/1929 Rosamunde : Ballet music G major Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 1087½bi 12-in. 1930 Tristan and Isolde : Prelude Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 1088½bi 12-in. 1930 Tristan and Isolde : Prelude Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 1089½bi 12-in. 1930 Prelude, part III Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 1090½bi 12-in. 1930 Isolde’s love death, part II Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 1091bi 12-in. 1930 Rosamunde (Zauberharfe) : Overture Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 1092bi 12-in. 1930 Rosamunde (Zauberharfe) : Overture Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 1102½bi 12-in. 1931 Rosamunde : Entr’acte no. 2 Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick 1103bi 12-in. 1931 Slavonic dance no. 3 Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The Orchestra conductor  
(Results 1-25 of 31 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Furtwängler, Wilhelm," accessed May 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102126.

Furtwängler, Wilhelm. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102126.

"Furtwängler, Wilhelm." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 May 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102126

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