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Channeling the Moment
Furtwängler and Shostakovich, Bearing Witness in Wartime

The wartime performances of two musical giants—a conductor and composer on opposite sides of a devastating conflict—affirm that great works of art are so profoundly imagined that they can mold to changing human circumstances.

Published on: March 15, 2020
Joseph Horowitz is the author of ten books dealing with the American musical experience. He is also the Executive Producer of PostClassical Ensemble, a DC chamber orchestra whose “PostClassical” webcasts include “Furtwängler in Wartime,” featuring the performances mentioned in this article. His blog is artsjournal.com/uq; this piece has been adapted and expanded from a blog entry posted on February 25.
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