Furtwängler Conducts Beethoven

Release Date: 10/19/1999
Catalog Number: MA CD-4049
Number of Discs: 4

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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 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
Works on This Recording
1. Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1803 ; Vienna, Austria
1. Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1805-1806 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1807 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1807-1808 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1805-1806 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1808 ;
4. Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1807-1808 ; Vienna, Austria
4. Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
5. Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1808 ;
5. Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1811-1812 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Peter Anders (Tenor), Tilla Briem (Soprano), Rudolf Watzke (Bass), Elisabeth Höngen (Alto)
Period: Classical
Written: 1822-1824 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1811-1812 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1803 ; Vienna, Austria
8. Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Tilla Briem (Soprano), Peter Anders (Tenor), Rudolf Watzke (Bass), Elisabeth Höngen (Alto)
Period: Classical
Written: 1822-1824 ; Vienna, Austria
8. Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1807 ; Vienna, Austria
9. Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Peter Anders (Tenor), Tilla Briem (Soprano), Rudolf Watzke (Bass), Elisabeth Höngen (Alto)
Period: Classical
Written: 1822-1824 ; Vienna, Austria
9. Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1805-1806 ; Vienna, Austria
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