The Furtwänglerian Art of conducting : a panorama




A panorama of the art of conducting by Furtwängler


Recordings listed by years :

The glorious period: 1930 - 1933

Exiled in his own country:  1937 - 1942 - 1943 - 1944

Apotheosis:  1947 - 1949 - 1951 - 1952 - 1954


Recordings listed by composers :

Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Weber



Furtwängler in London, Berlin Philh., 1928



We propose the recordings available by date, keeping in mind the 3 main periods of 1922-1934 (glory), 1935-1947 (exiled in homeland, when Furtwängler resigned from all official positions in the Nazi Germany), 1947-1954 (the apotheosis, where the tone is less tragic but reach heights of grandeur).



A panorama of the art of conducting by Furtwängler


The records published by the SWF allows listeners to access acclaimed recordings (such as Bruckner's 9th Symphony from 1944) as well as rarities, throughout the conductor's career.


Therefore it was important to allow our visitors to get acquainted to our releases with significant excerpts enabling anyone de understand specificities of the Furtwänglerian way of conducting, thus enlightening the reasons of the fascination of music lovers and musicians of the XXIst century for such an artistry.


Still we were in need of a guide able of finding the most relevant highlights within each movement or piece of music, and pointing us to most striking features of this art beyond those we may know already such as freedom, free flow in conducting, and an intense expression.


To this end we turned to Felix Matus-Echaiz who accepted to step in this journey, which will probably take a few years as we plan  to publish new analysis on a regular basis from September 2004 onwards.


In 2007, Audrey Roncigli brought an additional perspective with her "Political Interpretations of War Recordings". This analysis is based on a perspective of cultural history: it concerns the political interpretation of war recordings, or how, from the audio sources, one can reveal both the impact of the political, moral and social context, and the artist’s reaction to such a troubled world.


Last but not least, we publish the analysis by Sami Habra on Beethoven's Symphony n°5.


Recordings listed by composers


To make it convenient, you will find below excerpts listed by composers.


All analysis are by Felix Matus-Echaiz unless specified otherwise.


The recordings selected which are on listed as the SWF best choice are highlighted with a .


Note on the quality of the sound: please note that the quality of the sound has been reduced to make our music samples easy to download. You will enjoy a much better sound with our CDs.




  Coriolan Overture - an analysis by Audrey Roncigli

     1943, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

     1947, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

  Piano concerto n°4

     1943, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

  Symphony n°5 - an analysis by Sami Habra

     1937, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

     1943, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

     1954 (23.V), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

  Symphony n°7

     1943, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

 Symphony n°9 - an analysis by Sami Habra

     1942, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

     1951, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

     1954, Philharmonia Orchestra



  Symphony n°1

     1952, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra



  Symphony n°7

     Adagio (1942 and 1951), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra-an analysis by Audrey Roncigli

     Allegro moderato (1949) , Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

  Symphony n°9

     1944, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra



  The Hebrides

     1930, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra



  Götterdämmerung, Trauermusik

     1933, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra



  Euryanthe Overture

     1954, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra





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