I clarified exactly what I am saying in my previous response:There were lenghty discussions of this in the "Fascination with Furtwängler" thread and also in the "Fascination with Toscanini" thread. Here is a quote from the former:
My previous response you quote here is no different...What he says is that the perfect realization of a classical work exists only in the abstract, and as performers were are attempting as best we can to approximate it.
...except the context was that another poster was claiming that I was saying that only WF "possessed" the truth. I was clarifying that he as a performer, just like all of us, cannot possess the truth but he can only seek it..... Furtwangler's greatness was not in possessing the truth, it was in continually seeking the truth. His conception of a work was never "finished." It was never "perfect." Sometimes it could change wildly from one day to the next.
Furtwangler himself once said that we can never achieve in performance the essence of a work. We can only hope to approximate it.
"Truth" in this context refers to the perfect, "true" rendering of a musical work. It can only exist in the abstract.
I NEVER SAID that music is itself a vehicle through which we discover philosophical truth, and neither did WF.