For some years we have been offering our members facsimiles of programmes to download from our site — from Berlin (Philharmonie and Staatsoper), Vienna (Philharmonic and Symphony), the Philharmonia..... But one orchestra was notable by its absence, that of the Leipzig Gewandhaus, which Furtwängler conducted for six seasons from 1922. The destruction of 60% of the city is no doubt a major factor in the rarity of such documents.
To remedy this absence, we are simultaneously posting three programmes on our site, all of which present vocal soloists:
- 1 January 1923, the bass Alexander Kipnis,
- 1 January 1926, the Danish soprano Birgit Engell,
- 13 October 1927, the soprano Elisabeth Rethberg.
These three facsimiles are available via the links in the dates above, and as always on the 'Get the programme' page.