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Furtwängler Conducts Beethoven


Release Date: 10/19/1999 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 4049   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Elisabeth HöngenPeter AndersRudolf WatzkeTilla Briem
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic OrchestraBruno Kittel Choir
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 4 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The visionary power, dramatic potency, and titanic flow of Furtwängler's wartime Beethoven symphony performances add up to listening experiences demanding as much as they reward. This is especially true in the 1944 Vienna "Eroica", the 1943 Berlin Fourth and Fifths, and a 1942 Berlin Ninth that pushes Beethoven's radical contours to their expressive limits. By contrast, this 1944 "Pastorale" paints a more foreboding, lugubrious outdoor landscape than the conductor's equally heavy-gaited, but more flowing post-war Vienna commercial recording. Maggi Payne's technical reconstructions appear to draw upon the same superior sources tapped for previous releases on Tahra and Deutsche Grammophon. The Ninth, though, resembles Read more an earlier single-disc Music & Arts release in less impactive sound than Tahra's transfer. The booklet notes derive from John Ardoin's detailed and frank commentaries in his critical discography devoted to the conductor. Sonic reservations aside, these performances matter.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
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: 12/1944 
Length: 52 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1943 
Length: 8 Minutes 58 Secs. 
3.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/02/1944 
Length: 14 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1943 
Length: 33 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1944 
Length: 43 Minutes 19 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1943 
Length: 35 Minutes 45 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1943 
Length: 37 Minutes 36 Secs. 
8.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Elisabeth Höngen (Alto), Peter Anders (Tenor), Rudolf Watzke (Bass),
Tilla Briem (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bruno Kittel Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1942 
Length: 73 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica": I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica": II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica": III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica": IV. Finale: Allegro molto
Overture to Collin's Coriolan, Op. 62, "Coriolan Overture"
Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: III. Allegro
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: IV. Allegro
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings Upon Arrival in the Country: Allegro ma non troppo
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": II. Scene by the Brook: Andante molto mosso
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: Allegro
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": IV. Thunderstorm: Allegro
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": V. Shepherd's Song: Happy and Thankful Feelings after the Storm: Allegretto

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