When Furtwängler conducted Walton in Viennamain
The Vienna Phil have upgraded their website with features about ‘social responsibility’ and other diversions.
What’s really interesting is an archive feature that enables you to search every concert the orch has given, all the way back to 1842.
The strangest things turn up. On Saturday December 2, 1948, Furtwängler programmed the William Walton symphony between Weber’s Freischütz overture and Tchaikovsky’s fifth.
The concert was repeated twice.
In May 1951, Furtwängler programmed Walton’s overture, Scapino.
Another 17 years passed before the Vienna Phil played another note by the Lancastrian composer.
Explore for yourselves here.