The Furtwänglerian art of conducting - 1944
   

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The Furtwänglerian art of conducting: a panorama

 

1944

 

 

Bruckner, Symphony n°9

 

 

by Felix Matus-Echaiz

 

 

 

                            Bruckner

                        Symphony n°9

                Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

                   7.X.1944, Beethovensaal, Berlin

 

            "Magnetofonkonzert", balance Friedrich Schnapp

                            CD SWF 041

 

 
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 I. Feierlich, Misterioso
 6'43 - 7'15

This excerpt shows how, while leading the orchestra to the edge of a "break", Furtwängler prepares the beginning of a new section. The orchestra seems to "dilute" itself, but tension increases to the extreme before relaxing when the new theme starts.

       
 
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  II. Scherzo: Bewegt, lebhaft - Trio : Schnell
0’0- 0’30

One of the striking features of Furtwängler genius is his capacity of giving a double expression to the orchestra. In this sample, cords playing pizzicato make music go forward, while clarinets, despite owning the main theme in this opening, go backward.

       
 
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  III. Adagio : Langsam, feierlich
16’50-17’23

The way Furtwängler conducts the slow and peaceful violins going downward is a perfect example of an artistry without equivalent. We find again the capacity of duality highlighted above: while giving a sense of suspended musical flow, the music does move forward..

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