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Furtwängler Conducts Beethoven - Symphonies 7, 8, Leonore Ov


Release Date: 01/30/1998 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 793   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

I reviewed this when Music & Arts first issued it; now it is back, under the same catalog number... My comments remain the same. This disc is of interest mainly to Furtwängler specialists; while both performances are quite strong, neither matches other readings of the same works by this conductor. The Stockholm Philharmonic plays well, but cannot involve itself in Furtwängler's unique world with the abandon and comfort of both the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics. Those interested in this coupling with Furtwängler would be better served by a pair of 1953 Berlin performances (DG 415 666 2, no longer available), or the 1954 Salzburg Festival performances with the Vienna Philharmonic, released in wonderful sound by Orfeo Read more (C293921B). In all cases, be prepared for a particularly unusual Eighth, much more massive and weighty than you are used to, and with a few rhythmic quirks that might bring a smile of affection or derision, depending on your receptivity. One important bonus on this Stockholm CD is the rehearsal excerpt from the Leonore Overture No. 3, prepared for the same concert. It offers a fascinating view of Furtwängler's rehearsal technique, is well recorded, and is more substantial (about 11 minutes) than some previous issues. Good transfers, and an insightful (if oft reprinted by Music & Arts) essay on Furtwängler by Neville Cardus.

-- Henry Fogel, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/13/1948 
2.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/13/1948 
3.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a: Excerpt(s) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/12/1948 
Notes: This selection is a rehearsal excerpt. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: II. Allegretto
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: III. Presto, assai meno presto
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: IV. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: I. Allegro vivace e con brio
Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: II. Allegretto scherzando
Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: III. Tempo di menuetto
Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: IV. Allegro vivace
Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b (rehearsal excerpts)

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