Transition from one them to another is always treated by Furtwängler with an extreme care. Here is a good
example of that. A long crescendo drives the first theme to its culminating point; The note "at the pick" marks a stop, to let the second theme develops. The pizz of
the basses provides a solid basis to the theme.
II. Andante con moto
1'45 - 2'20
No one but Furtwängler was able to go as far in taking advantage of the sound of the cords and of all their
possibilities. Here the conductor build on the "weight" that cords can give to this moment. By playing "little expressive", which is one of the striking components of
Furtwängler artistry, the maestro gives its full meaning to these measures.
III. Rondo; Vivace
0'30 - 1'00
Flexibility in tempo and rhythm is among the basic principle of Furtwängler's art. But when the conductor
decides to be "inflexible" in these two aspects, we get an impressive alliance of single tempo, precise rhythm and intense expression.
Chords under Furtwängler's baton always sound like the release of an internal tension. The extreme tension
brings the subsequent relief. Let's note another characteristic of Furtwängler's artistry : expression contains in balance both the preceding and the following.
Basses are the cornerstone of Furtwängler's orchestra. To build his crescendos Furtwängler always make them
play slightly louder than the rest of the orchestra. The result is an impression of never ending crescendos.
This extract is a great example of how Furtwängler masterfully make the orchestra vary the climates
quickly, a mastery of his own. We move without transition from exaltation to meditation. To achieve that, Furtwängler fully exploits the grasp on the violin which will
quickly pass from «with expression» to «without expression».
IV. Allegro con brio 6’08-6’38
Furtwängler alone seems to have valued the importance of the short «piano subito» at the end of the
symphony. With it, it's like a heart which stops beating for a brief moment, only to resume vigorously with the concluding measures of the symphony.