Saturday, July 23, 2011
Furtwangler In 1941
Gerhard Taschner and Wilhelm Furtwangler in 1941, the year Furtwangler appointed Taschner—only nineteen years old—to the post of concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic.
Taschner (1922-1976) was a notoriously difficult man. His career was over by age 40, largely because of his abrasive personality, and his life was over by age 54, largely because of alcoholism.
Between Taschner and Furtwangler may be seen a photograph of the great Arthur Nikisch, conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic from 1895 until his death in 1922.
Upon Nikisch’s death, Furtwangler was named Nikisch’s successor.