Can an acclaimed conductor be also a respected composer?

 "I have to say I began as a composer much before conducting, all my life I considered myself as a conducting composer but never as a composing conductor."


What kind of destiny the young Furtwängler was seeking?  

His vocation for advocating humanism in music, which would remain whatever the cost during the Nazi period and would flourish in the new Europe in reconstruction, was it already his?


The conductor in action...

The overwhelming and transcendental art of Furtwängler made him a legendary conductor. Especially admired in Beethoven's works, he nevertheless refused to play the composer's piano as he considered himself beneath such an honour.

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