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Berliner Philharmoniker

Post by Phil Nix » 01 Jan 2009 11:44

I have copies of a number of wartime concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic under Wilhelm Furtwängler and I wonder who would be in the audience. Who liked this type of music?
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Post by Rexus » 10 Jan 2009 01:13

A legendary conductor. His March 1942 live recording of Beethoven's 9th symphony, despite the poor sound quality, is considered by some to be the greatest performance ever recorded, by any one. "Imbued with religous devotion."

Hitler adored Wagner, and Furtwängler was director at Bayreuth and the Berlin Philharmonic. Furtwängler made the so called Gottbegnadete list... His genius was recognized during his lifetime. There would be many politicians at a Furtwängler concert whether they enjoyed the music or not.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqff1F0Ijn0

Do you recognize anyone in the above video? I dont know enough about the political personalities to say anything definitive, but apparently Goebbels is there.

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Post by Bergen » 07 Feb 2009 19:42

If ever staged in a nearby theatre, dont miss it:

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-18788356.html

Great play with great music.

Both Brückner´s 5th and Beethoven´s 9th are used in a very good dramatic manner.

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Reichsorchester

Post by Annelie » 30 Jul 2014 12:35

http://www.amazon.com/Das-Reichsorchest ... sorchester
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Has anyone here bought this DVD?

What was your opinion of it?

thanks
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Berlin Philarmonic in France 1942

Post by Georges JEROME » 01 Oct 2015 13:40

On 17 and 18 mai 1942, 2 concerts of the Berlin Philarmonic were organised in non occupied France at Marseille then Lyon. It was part of the cultural political Policy of Germany in France.
If the concert in Marseille was ok with french civilian police in the theater (report of Generalkonsul and SS-Oberführer Frhr. von Spiegel to AA) there is trouble for the second one in Lyon, protestations merge and the concert stand under high protection of french uniform police forces. 50 - 60 personnes were arrested report the Times of 23 may 1942.
Following this incident, Goebbels decided that no more german cultural exhibition southern France only in area under Military Administration.
Therefore on november 1942, Hitler decided invasion of the southern France in regard of Operation Torch in north africa.

So the problem was solved.


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Re: Berlin Philarmonic in France 1942

Post by Ivan Ž. » 04 Oct 2015 07:45

Ha! A rather interesting historical detail, thanks for sharing, Georges! :)

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Re: Reichsorchester

Post by Ivan Ž. » 13 Oct 2015 19:38

Annelie wrote:Has anyone here bought this DVD?

What was your opinion of it?
A well made documentary! I highly recommend it. It includes interviews with the surviving members of the orchestra and their descendants, as well as reports on the expelled Jewish and (after the war) Nazi members. Many good quality period clips too. A rather fair portrait of the orchestra during the III Reich period in my humble opinion, maybe just a bit too much denazified (for example, there was no mention of them recording the Nazi propaganda songs); but the overall picture of the orchestra seems about right, with a healthy dose of criticism.

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[Sorry for the late reply, Annelie]

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Re: Reichsorchester

Post by Annelie » 13 Oct 2015 20:18

Thankyou Ivan.

Shall go ahead and order it.

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A.H. and Furtwängler

Post by Georges JEROME » 28 May 2016 17:16

Adolf Hitler applause Generalmusikdirektor Wilhelm Furtwängler after a concert of the Berliner Philamonic Orchestra at Berlin. Around him Göring, Goebbels, Brückner, Schaub.
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Re: Berliner Philharmoniker

Post by Ivan Ž. » 11 Nov 2016 02:23

Two Third Reich period photos of Franz von Blon conducting the Berlin Philharmonic, prior to the 1936 Summer Olympics (I don't think he is visible in the 2nd photo though; in the 1st photo, he is the bareheaded one, in the centre):
Berlin; Unter den Linden; Vorbereitungen auf d. Olympischen Spiele Juli 1936; Gruppenbild (Freiluftkonzert; Philharmonisches Orchester; im Hintergrund Menschenmenge u.Fahnen); Blon, Franz von.
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Source: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (via Bildarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz)
Olympische Spiele 1936 in Berlin - Freiluftkonzert der Berliner Philharmoniker unter der Leitung des Komponisten und Dirigenten Franz v. Blon auf der Straße Unter den Linden; Blick über die Menschenmenge in Richtung Lustgarten; im Hintergrund: der Turm des Roten Rathauses.
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Source: Ullstein Bild (via Getty Images)

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Re: Berliner Philharmoniker

Post by Auceps » 11 Nov 2016 13:23

Very nice images! Thanks, Ivan! :)

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Re: Berliner Philharmoniker

Post by Auceps » 27 Jan 2019 03:13

More interesting news: The Berliner Philharmoniker will release a 22-CD-Box with recordings made with Wilhelm Furtwängler for the German Radio between 1939 and 1945:
https://www.berliner-philharmoniker-rec ... dings.html

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Re: Berliner Philharmoniker

Post by Annelie » 21 Sep 2019 15:06

Not inexpensive

(Wilhelm Furtwängler: The Radio Recordings 1939–1945

Remastered – 22 SACD – 184p book

US$ 229.00

Excl. shipping)

For me it would be over $350.00 plus not sure I like remastered.

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