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Wilhelm Furtwangler - The Legend


Release Date: 05/17/2011 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 08119   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz Joseph HaydnFranz SchubertRobert Schumann,   ... 
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 3-CD set couples together a selection of some of the more popular classics recorded by the great German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler. Furtwängler was born 125 years ago in 1886 and this birthday tribute comes as a timely reminder of his genius. He was, without doubt, one of the truly great musical interpreters of the 20th century and we are fortunate indeed that he was working at a time when EMI were able to capture on record his work both in the studio and on the concert platform.

All the recordings were made with the Vienna Philharmonic in the late 1940s and early '50s, during the final years of the conductor's career. The first disc in the set contains three popular symphonies by composers who were close to
Read more Furtwängler's heart. The other two CDs comprise a selection of well-known shorter works, making this the ideal means by which purchasers can familiarise themselves with the work of this great man of music.
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
2. Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
3. Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
4. Manfred, Op. 115 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1849; Germany 
5. 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 
6. Má vlast: no 2, Moldau, T 111 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 
7. Oberon, J 306: Overture by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825-1826; Dresden, Germany 
8. Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 1, Overture (D 644) by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
9. Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 7, Entr'acte no 3 in B flat major by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
10. Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 11, Ballet music no 2 in G major by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
11. Anacréon: Overture by Luigi Cherubini
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; France 
12. Alceste, HWV 45: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749-1750; London, England 
13. Iphigénie en Aulide: Overture by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772-1774; Vienna, Austria 
14. Der Freischütz, J 277: Overture by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 
15. Euryanthe, J 291/Op. 81: Overture by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822-1823; Dresden, Germany 
16. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; Germany 
17. Les préludes, S 97 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848/1854; Weimar, Germany 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550 (1998 Digital Remaster): I. Molto allegro
Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550 (1998 Digital Remaster): II. Andante
Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550 (1998 Digital Remaster): III. Menuetto (Allegretto) & Trio
Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550 (1998 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Allegro assai)
Symphony No. 94 in G, 'Surprise': I. Adagio Vivace assai
Symphony No. 94 in G, 'Surprise': II. Andante
Symphony No. 94 in G, 'Surprise': III. Menuetto (Allegro molto) & Trio
Symphony No. 94 in G, 'Surprise': IV. Allegro di molto
Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D.759 'Unfinished' (1998 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D.759 'Unfinished' (1998 Digital Remaster): II. Andante con moto
Manfred: Overture Op.115
The Hebrides: Overture, Op.26 'Fingal's Cave'
Má Vlast (1994 Digital Remaster): Vltava (The River Moldau)
Oberon: Overture, J.306
Rosamunde: Overture, D.644
Rosamunde: Incidental Music, D.797: Entr'acte No. 3 in B Flat
Rosamunde: Incidental Music, D.797: Ballet No. 2 in G Major
Anacréon: Overture (1998 Digital Remaster)

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