German conductor and composer Gustav Heinrich Ernst Martin Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886-1954) enjoyed fame prior to World War Two. However, his remaining in Germany caused many to brand him as a Nazi, a Nazi-sympathizer, or as an anti-Semite. Post-war evidence points to the contrary, but his damaged reputation was not restored prior to his death.
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Wilhelm Furtwangler, Genius Forged in the Cauldron of War
Peter Gutmann provides a brief biography and extensive examination of his artistry clashing with Nazi morality and politics. Contrasts him to Herbert von Karajan and provides a discography.
The Devil's Music Master: The Controversial Life and Career of Wilhelm Furtwaengler
Review of Sam H. Shirakawa's biography by Andrew Gray. Reviewer defends the conductor to an even greater extent than does the author.
Biography and analysis of his wartime work, photograph, survey, and recommended recordings. Includes links to further reading and to noted contemporaries.
Biography, photographs, and details of his conducting, especially as related to the Bach cantatas.
Filmography at IMDb with on-screen and conductor credits.
Wilhelm Furtwängler and Music in the Third Reich
Article from Antony Charles in the Journal of Historical Review. Provides a re-examination of his life, musical artistry, and relationships both with the Nazis and with the post-war world.
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