birdwatcher (birdwatcher) wrote,

Кому чикагский симфонический оркестр сделал предложение, а потом отозвал?

По радио передавали занимательную викторину. Ответ - Фуртвенглеру.
In 1949 Furtwängler accepted the position of principal conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. However the orchestra was forced to rescind the offer under the threat of a boycott from several prominent musicians including Arturo Toscanini, George Szell, Vladimir Horowitz, Artur Rubinstein, Isaac Stern and Alexander Brailowsky. According to a New York Times report, Horowitz said that he "was prepared to forgive the small fry who had no alternative but to remain and work in Germany." But Furtwängler "was out of the country on several occasions and could have elected to keep out". Rubinstein likewise wrote in a telegram, "Had Furtwängler been firm in his democratic convictions he would have left Germany". Yehudi Menuhin got very upset with this boycott. He, indeed, declared on many occasions that some of the main organizers had admitted to him having organized this boycott only to eliminate Furtwängler's huge musical competition in North-America.

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