Furtwangler's Love

Overview

By any standard, German Wilhelm Furtwängler reigns as one of the most formidable maestro/composers of the 20th century. A prodigious talent who began authoring original compositions by the age of 17, Berlin-born Furtwängler then took his first bows as a conductor at the age of 20. The most remarkable of all careers followed, with covetable directorships at various symphonies throughout Europe, and an unswerving opposition to fascism that prompted him to aid Jewish performers under persecution and to refuse ...
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Overview

By any standard, German Wilhelm Furtwängler reigns as one of the most formidable maestro/composers of the 20th century. A prodigious talent who began authoring original compositions by the age of 17, Berlin-born Furtwängler then took his first bows as a conductor at the age of 20. The most remarkable of all careers followed, with covetable directorships at various symphonies throughout Europe, and an unswerving opposition to fascism that prompted him to aid Jewish performers under persecution and to refuse conducting duties at Nazi rallies. Over time, he became known for his immense adoration of Ludwig von Beethoven, his knack for programming musical events, and his willingness to champion the musicians of the day, in addition to his flair for spontaneous classical interpretation. The title of director Jan Schmidt-Garre's loosely-knit essay film Furtwängler's Love carries a quadruple meaning: it refers to his romantic and nuptial love for spouse Elisabeth, his passion for conducting, his adoration for writing original classical compositions, and the fact that he viewed every act of artistic expression and creation as one of love. In the film, Schmidt-Garre riffs on each of these subtopics, via a combination of interview material with Furtwängler and his wife, archival performance footage and much more.
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Special Features

Bonus: Wilhelm Furtwängler - All speeches, interviews, and rehearsals
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • UPC: 807280181197
  • Source: Arthaus Musik
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 70,409

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elisabeth Furtwängler Voice Only
Technical Credits
Jan Schmidt-Garre Director
Thomas Bresinsky Cinematographer
Peter Przygodda Editor
Wolfgang Weigl Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Furtwangler's Love
1. Making Music Is An Act of Love [2:28]
2. First Encounter [8:10]
3. He Wants to Embrace Me [3:32]
4. I Had Fallen in Love [4:48]
5. St. Moritz [6:06]
6. Andreas Furtwängler [4:34]
7. Love Letters [3:07]
8. A Conductor's Last and Highest Objective: Legato [5:53]
9. It was, as if He Climbed the Mountain [11:24]
10. Concert at Elisabeth's [6:33]
11. Don Giovanni [5:24]
12. He Decided to Die [6:12]
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Disc #1 -- Furtwangler's Love
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