This excerpt shows how, while leading the orchestra to the edge of a "break", Furtwängler prepares the
beginning of a new section. The orchestra seems to "dilute" itself, but tension increases to the extreme before relaxing when the new theme starts.
II. Scherzo: Bewegt, lebhaft - Trio : Schnell
One of the striking features of Furtwängler genius is his capacity of giving a double expression to the
orchestra. In this sample, cords playing pizzicato make music go forward, while clarinets, despite owning the main theme in this opening, go backward.
III. Adagio : Langsam, feierlich 16’50-17’23
The way Furtwängler conducts the slow and peaceful violins going downward is a perfect example of an
artistry without equivalent. We find again the capacity of duality highlighted above: while giving a sense of suspended musical flow, the music does move forward..