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Wilhelm Furtwängler

Wilhelm Furtwängler (Conductor)

Born: 25th January 1886,  Schöneberg, Berlin

Died: 30th November 1954, Ebersteinburg

Nationality: German

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Gustav Heinrich Ernst Martin Wilhelm Furtwängler was a German conductor and composer. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest symphonic and operatic conductors of the 20th century. He was a major influence for many later conductors, and his name is often mentioned when discussing their interpretative styles.

Furtwängler was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic between 1922 and 1945, and from 1952 until 1954. He was also principal conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra (1922–26), and was a guest conductor of other major orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic.

Although not an adherent of Nazism, he was the leading conductor to remain in Germany during the Nazi regime.

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