One of the 20th century's most authoritative conductors, Wilhelm Furtwängler, was born in Berlin on 25 January 1886, and died in Baden-Baden on 30 November 1954. He had association with Europe's finest orchestras: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra from 1922, the Berlin Philharmonic also from 1922, Vienna Philharmonic from 1924, and the New York Philharmonic from 1936, although this coincided with censure for pro-Nazi activities from which he was later exonerated. Opera likewise attracted his interest: Bayreuth from 1931, Covent Garden from 1935, and also La Scala and the Salzburg Festival. As a composer he left two symphonies alongside other orchestral pieces and chamber music.
A selection of M&V articles about Wilhelm Furtwängler
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