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Taking Sides

14 to 24 June 2000

Wilhelm Furtwangler (1886-1954) was the outstanding conductor of his generation, rivalled only by Arturo Toscanini. He was at the height of his powers when Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933. Many of his Jewish colleagues were forced to leave; others, non-Jews, opponents of the regime, chose exile. Furtwangler decided to stay; as a result he was accused of serving Nazism. A clash of personalities and a clash of cultures, that he has a moronic monster, versus an artistic genius in a setting that projects no hope. A moving piece of historical theatre.