WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Beethoven: The 9 Symphonies / Furtwangler


Release Date: 08/26/2016 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 556699  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Number of Discs: 5 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Beethoven was Wilhelm Furtwängler’s guiding musical force. In his interpretations of the symphonies, the conductor generates irresistible dramatic momentum – and a constant sense of imaginative freshness – through the interrelationship of form, harmony, texture, rhythm and tempo. These recordings, all made in the late 1940s and early 1950s, in the Musikverein in Vienna and at concerts in London, Bayreuth and Stockholm, were newly remastered in 2010, bringing their sound more alive than ever before. Beethoven was Wilhelm Furtwängler’s guiding musical force. In his interpretations of the symphonies, the conductor generates irresistible dramatic momentum – and a constant sense of imaginative freshness – through the interrelationship of form, harmony, texture, rhythm and tempo. These recordings, all made in the late 1940s and early 1950s, in the Musikverein in Vienna and at concerts in London, Bayreuth and Stockholm, were newly remastered in 2010, bringing their sound more alive than ever before. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Written: 1808 
7.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Good performances in mediocre sound September 28, 2016 By Andrew H. (Virginia Beach, VA) See All My Reviews "Wilhelm Furtwängler is a legendary conductor, and it’s a shame that he did not live to record in the stereo era. My knowledge of Furtwängler is mostly limited to his classic recording of Tristan und Isolde, so I was interested to hear his Beethoven, now reissued at a low price. My impression is that these are very good, but not quite great, performances in the traditional style (see John Fowler’s excellent review of this set where he suggests that Furtwängler’s best recordings were live). The sound quality is not bad for the studio recordings, but is significantly worse in the live recordings of Symphonies 2, 8 and 9. No. 2 was so poor that I did not listen beyond the first movement. With 60+ years of stereo recordings since these recordings were made, a mono recording needs to be really special to garner attention. Furtwängler’s Tristan makes the cut, but this set unfortunately does not. For me, this set is an interesting historical document, but I doubt I will come back to it often. A note on the packaging: despite the bargain price, I was pleasantly surprised. The discs are in a hard cardboard ‘clamshell’ style case, with individual discs in cardboard sleeves with what I assume is the artwork from the original releases. A nice booklet with recording information, program notes and even (almost unheard of these days) the text of the Ode to Joy." Report Abuse
Review This Title