Music: The Battle of Vienna

Vienna hadn't heard such music in years—and it was all because the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's two conductors hated each other so.

Wilhelm Furtwängler had the edge in prestige but Herbert von Karajan, who is only 39, was pressing him closely. Twenty-three years younger than Furtwängler, Karajan was obviously a man of whom the world would be hearing more.

Karajan conducted the first concert of the Vienna season, and from then on he and Furtwängler took turns. Whatever Karajan did, Furtwängler set out to do better. When Karajan played an 18th Century classical suite by Locatelli, Furtwängler followed with a Handel suite. When...

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