The Furtwängler record

by Ardoin, John.

Format: Print Book 1994
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Wilhelm Furtwangler, an idolized figures in music during the 1920's and 1930's, disliked recordings. Among conductors he has had followers but hardly what could be called disciples, for he founded no school and produced no students.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Widely regarded during his lifetime as the custodian of the German musical tradition, Wilhelm Furtwangler (1886-1954) is one of the greatest conductors of this century and one of the most controversial. His inward-looking, spiritually intense interpretations exert their spell through recordings to this day, yet his reputation has suffered from the stigma of his decision not to leave Nazi Germany and to continue his direction of the Berlin Philharmonic. Ardoin provides a useful overview of Furtwangler's career, but the backbone of his book is a study of the conductor's recorded legacy. Ardoin groups the recordings by musical period (baroque, classical, etc.), provides exhaustive information about Furtwangler's various recordings of each particular score, and uses excerpts from Furtwangler's diaries and correspondence to illuminate his interpretative approach to individual composers and scores especially well. Furtwangler's interpretations remain a basic gloss on the works of the German musical masters, and because they remain accessible in recordings, Ardoin's exhaustive study will be valuable in any library with patrons deeply interested in classical music. ~--John Shreffler"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Books continue to proliferate about the great German conductor, who died 40 years ago. This one by Dallas-based music critic Ardoin is perhaps the most useful of them, a deeply informed guide to the maestro's significant recordings together with Furtwängler's own thoughts on interpretation of many of the works Ardoin discusses. Ardoin is an unabashed admirer, who finds that ``what was a circumscribed cult [of enthusiasts] in the first decade following his death has become a widespread phenomenon.'' He champions Furtwängler against Arturo Toscanini as the century's greatest conductor, joins those who find the maestro naive but not blameworthy in electing to stay in Nazi Germany, and feels that we will not look upon his like again. There is a wonderfully thorough discography (by John Hunt), which emphasizes the remarkable fact that almost every major recording Furtwängler made is now available on CD. An invaluable book for admirers and record collectors. Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Furtwängler, Wilhelm, -- 1886-1954.
Furtwängler, Wilhelm, -- 1886-1954 -- Discography.
Conductors (Music) -- Germany -- Biography.
Publisher Portland, Or. :Amadeus Press,1994
Contributors Hunt, John, 1938-
Language English
Description 376 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Discography: pages 303-368.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-301) and index.
ISBN 0931340691
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