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Furtwängler - Die Salzburger Orchesterkonzerte 1949 - 1954


Release Date: 05/31/2005 
Label:  Orfeo D'or Catalog #: 409048   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Hans PfitznerRichard StraussJohann Sebastian BachLudwig van Beethoven,   ... 
Performer:  Josef GreindlIrmgard SeefriedAnton DermotaSieglinde Wagner,   ... 
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 8 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set is extraordinarily valuable for the Furtwängler collector who does not already own good transfers of these performances. Orfeo, working in cooperation with the Salzburg Festival and Austrian Radio, has access to the best sources, and the transfers are all the best available of each of these performances (and some of them have been issued many, many times over the years on any number of labels). The value is enhanced because it contains all of Furtwängler’s preserved orchestral performances from Salzburg, and because it contains a number of complete concerts. The ability to listen to an entire concert as conducted by Furtwängler, from beginning to end, to re-live just how the entire evening was shaped—this is Read more something very special. However, it is also fair to point out that in many cases the performances here do not represent Furtwängler’s best recorded versions of these pieces—and thus I would not necessarily recommend this to the generalist who wants a few Furtwängler performances, nor to the beginning collector just starting to explore this great conductor. For example, the Bruckner Fifth is somewhat soft-grained and lacking in real tension when compared to the wartime Berlin performance issued by DG and others. And both the wartime live Berlin Schubert Ninth and the Studio DG recording of that work surpass this 1953 Salzburg version in terms of unity of architecture and perfectly shaded dynamics.

Standouts in this set include the Pfitzner, a work that deserves more exposure and can rarely have been more lovingly conducted, the Mendelssohn, the remarkably dramatic reading of the Hindemith, and the truly lovely Wayfarer Songs, fresher and more alert to nuance than the studio recording that Fischer-Dieskau and Furtwängler made. None of the rest is by any means bad; this conductor is almost always worth listening to. There is always Furtwängler’s unique combination of dramatic utterance and beauty and suppleness of phrase.

A few notes about the production: Strauss’s Don Juan is not a live performance, but an EMI studio recording. The live performance from the same 1953 concert as the Hindemith and Schubert has not survived, but Orfeo wisely wanted to re-create the full concert program here. The accompanying notes, analyzing Furtwängler’s way with the music, are helpful and insightful, and decently translated into English. In sum, this is a very worthwhile set for serious collectors interested in one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century.

Henry Fogel, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in C major, Op. 46 by Hans Pfitzner
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/07/1949 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 15 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/30/1953 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg Festival 
Length: 18 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3.
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/31/1950 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg Festival 
Length: 29 Minutes 38 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/31/1950 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg Festival 
Length: 52 Minutes 4 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/30/1954 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg Festival 
Length: 39 Minutes 25 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/30/1954 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg Festival 
Length: 27 Minutes 21 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Greindl (Bass), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Anton Dermota (Tenor),
Sieglinde Wagner (Alto)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/31/1951 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg Festival 
Length: 76 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/30/1954 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg Festival 
Length: 18 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Wilhelm Furtwängler. 
9.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/15/1950 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 40 Minutes 53 Secs. 
10.
Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1825-28; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/30/1953 
Venue:  Live  Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 51 Minutes 40 Secs. 
11.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/19/1951 
Venue:  Live  Old Festival Hall, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 17 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/19/1951 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg Festival 
Length: 10 Minutes 30 Secs. 
13.
Symphony "Die Harmonie der Welt" by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/30/1953 
Venue:  Live  Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 33 Minutes 13 Secs. 
14.
Symphony no 5 in B flat major, WAB 105 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/19/1951 
Venue:  Live  Festspielhaus, Salzburg 
Length: 70 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1875/78, Nowak or Haas edition 
15.
Symphony in Three Movements by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/15/1950 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 22 Minutes 34 Secs. 
16.
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/31/1950 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg Festival 
Length: 14 Minutes 26 Secs. 

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