Continuing Radio 3's evening devoted to the career of the legendary German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler.
Furtwängler was internationally renowned for his superb opera performances, and was also a sensitive Lieder accompanist.
Some of the greatest singers of the 20th century, including Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, recall their experiences of working with him on a range of music from Mozart to Wagner
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: excerpt from Act 1 Scene 3
Kirsten Flagstad (Isolde), Blanche Thebom (Brangäne), Philharmonia Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler
(recorded in London, 1952)
Furtwängler is principally known as a specialist in the German classical and romantic repertoire.
Rob Cowan and Richard Osborne discuss lesser-known aspects of his work in the baroque and 20th-century fields.
Hindemith: Turandot Scherzo (from Symphonic Metamorphoses on themes by Weber)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler
(recorded live in Berlin, 1947)
The Man behind the Mask.
Furtwängler's widow Elisabeth, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf shed light on the conductor's enigmatic personality.
The Last Beethoven: Furtwangler's Beethoven performances have never been surpassed.
He conducted the Ninth Symphony for the last time at the 1954 Lucerne Festival.
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 (finale)
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)
Elsa Calveti (mezzo)
Ernst Haefliger (tenor)
Otto Edelmann (bass)
Lucerne Festival Chorus
Philharmonia Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler.