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Blech, Böhm, Furtwängler, Karajan, Knappertsbusch, Krauss, Schillings with Hitler, Goebbels, Berger, Ralf, Rode, Rosvaenge and the Berlin Philharmonic. Performance footage plus newsreels: excerpts from Tell, Meistersinger, the Beethoven Ninth and the Schubert “Unfinished” Symphonies.
Includes a 20-page booklet with exposés and biographies by Frederic Spotts. Duration: 53 minutes
Sound: PCM audio
DVD Region: 0 (all regions)
GREAT CONDUCTORS OF THE THIRD REICH includes stunning newsreel footage showing that Böhm, Furtwängler, Karajan, Knappertsbusch and Krauss, among others, turned themselves and their art into Nazi propaganda. The Nazis wanted to
be perceived as men of culture, so they crowned many of their victories with concerts, which they sometimes filmed. "We are bringing the world the greatest art," was their message.
On this tape a newsreel presents panzers parading down the Champs Elyssés juxtaposed with Karajan conducting the Prussian Staatskapelle (not the Berlin Philharmonic) in occupied Paris. Other footage includes Furtwängler conducting in celebration of Hitler’s birthday, also Hitler at Bayreuth. When women see Hitler they weep with joy. The performances are glorious, spiritual even—the greatest art in the service of the greatest evil. — Stefan Zucker
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