Wilhelm Furtwangler - The Radio Recordings 1939-1945 / Berlin Philharmonic

Release Date: 2/1/2019
Catalog Number: BPHR 180181
Number of Discs: 22

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These discs are hybrid Super Audio CDs playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

The radio recordings between 1939 and 1945 with the Berlin Philharmonic and Wilhelm Furtwängler are among classical music’s most compelling sound documents. Created at the peak of the collaboration between orchestra and conductor, Furtwängler’s artist personality is conveyed more vividly than anywhere else. What can be heard is music in which inspiration and the expressive will know no bounds and in which, not least, the existential experience of the Second World War reverberates. For the first time, the Berlin Philharmonic are releasing a complete edition of these recordings.

Wilhelm Furtwängler is accorded almost mythical status to this day. Biographically and artistically rooted in the 19th century, he embodies a bridge to the late-Romantic period and the founding years of the Berlin Philharmonic, whose chief conductor he was from 1922.

Furtwängler’s auratic charisma stems from an intriguing basic interpretive concept which avoided authoritarian gestures and deliberately aimed at the blurring of tonal contours. The result was a warm, mixed sound, in which developments and intensifications never appear calculated, but seem to grow organically.

This edition not only brings together all surviving radio recordings of the period, but also draws on the best available material – in particular, original tapes, which were taken to the Soviet Union after the war and only returned to Germany from the early 1990s onwards. Especially for this edition, the recordings have been carefully restored, digitally sampled using state-of-the-art technology, and remastered in 24-bit resolution. A total of 21 concerts are presented here, in whole or in part. The edition’s features include numerous historical photos, articles on the history behind the recordings, plus an extensive essay by the American musicologist Richard Taruskin on Furtwängler’s art – all of which results in a release which provides an opportunity to discover and relive this great chapter in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker in all its facets as never before.

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REVIEW:

Do you want this box? Yes, you do. Is it worth it? Again, yes, almost certainly, it is. For one thing, these are the recordings that have come, more than any other, to define this conductor’s identity, and his legacy. The audio restoration does wonders for the piano concertos in particular. These are the concerts that, so they said later, made life worth living for many Berliners. They matter.

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Works on This Recording
1. Symphonic Concerto for Piano in B minor by Wilhelm Furtwängler
Performer: Edwin Fischer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924-1936 ; Germany
1. Symphonic Concerto for Piano in B minor by Wilhelm Furtwängler
Performer: Edwin Fischer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924-1936 ; Germany
2. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 5 in D major, HWV 323 by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1739 ; London, England
2. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 5 in D major, HWV 323 by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1739 ; London, England
3. 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. 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. Gesänge (4), Op. 33: no 1, Verführung by Richard Strauss
Performer: Peter Anders (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Germany
4. Gesänge (4), Op. 33: no 1, Verführung by Richard Strauss
Performer: Peter Anders (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Germany
5. Lieder (8), Op. 49: no 1, Waldseligkeit by Richard Strauss
Performer: Peter Anders (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901 ; Germany
5. Lieder (8), Op. 49: no 1, Waldseligkeit by Richard Strauss
Performer: Peter Anders (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901 ; Germany
6. Lieder (5), Op. 32: no 3, Liebeshymnus by Richard Strauss
Performer: Peter Anders (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
6. Lieder (5), Op. 32: no 3, Liebeshymnus by Richard Strauss
Performer: Peter Anders (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
7. Lieder (5), Op. 48: no 5, Winterliebe by Richard Strauss
Performer: Peter Anders (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
7. Lieder (5), Op. 48: no 5, Winterliebe by Richard Strauss
Performer: Peter Anders (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
8. Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888-1889 ; Germany
8. Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888-1889 ; Germany
9. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Germany
9. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Germany
10. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841-1845 ; Germany
10. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841-1845 ; Germany
11. Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1811-1812 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1811-1812 ; Vienna, Austria
12. Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Rudolf Watzke (Bass), Elisabeth Höngen (Mezzo Soprano), Tilla Briem (Soprano), Peter Anders (Tenor)
Period: Classical
Written: 1822-1824 ; Vienna, Austria
12. Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Rudolf Watzke (Bass), Elisabeth Höngen (Mezzo Soprano), Tilla Briem (Soprano), Peter Anders (Tenor)
Period: Classical
Written: 1822-1824 ; Vienna, Austria
13. Alceste: Overture by Christoph W. Gluck
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1767 ; Germany
13. Alceste: Overture by Christoph W. Gluck
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1767 ; Germany
14. Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Tibor de Machula (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1850 ; Germany
14. Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Tibor de Machula (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1850 ; Germany
15. Symphony no 5 in B flat major, WAB 105 by Anton Bruckner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875-1876 ; Vienna, Austria
15. Symphony no 5 in B flat major, WAB 105 by Anton Bruckner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875-1876 ; Vienna, Austria
16. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Edwin Fischer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878-1881 ; Austria
16. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Edwin Fischer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878-1881 ; Austria
17. Tristan und Isolde: Vorspiel und Liebestod by Richard Wagner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857-1859 ; Germany
17. Tristan und Isolde: Vorspiel und Liebestod by Richard Wagner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857-1859 ; Germany
18. Hymnisches Konzert by Heinz Schubert
Performer: Fritz Heitmann (Organ), Erna Berger (Soprano), Walther Ludwig (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
18. Hymnisches Konzert by Heinz Schubert
Performer: Fritz Heitmann (Organ), Erna Berger (Soprano), Walther Ludwig (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
19. Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1822 ; Vienna, Austria
19. Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1822 ; Vienna, Austria
20. Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1788 ; Vienna, Austria
20. Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1788 ; Vienna, Austria
21. En saga, Op. 9 by Jean Sibelius
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892/1902 ; Finland
21. En saga, Op. 9 by Jean Sibelius
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892/1902 ; Finland
22. Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Georg Kulenkampff (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903-1905 ; Finland
22. Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer: Georg Kulenkampff (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903-1905 ; Finland
23. Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
23. Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
24. Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1807 ; Vienna, Austria
24. Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1807 ; Vienna, Austria
25. Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1807-1808 ; Vienna, Austria
25. Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1807-1808 ; Vienna, Austria
26. Symphony no 2 in F minor by Ernst Pepping
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; Germany
26. Symphony no 2 in F minor by Ernst Pepping
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; Germany
27. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Conrad Hansen (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
27. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Conrad Hansen (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
28. Symphony no 6 in A major, WAB 106 by Anton Bruckner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879-1881 ; Vienna, Austria
28. Symphony no 6 in A major, WAB 106 by Anton Bruckner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879-1881 ; Vienna, Austria
29. Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1850 ; Germany
29. Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1850 ; Germany
30. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 by Richard Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894-1895 ; Germany
30. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 by Richard Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894-1895 ; Germany
31. Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873 ; Austria
31. Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873 ; Austria
32. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Adrian Aeschbacher (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878-1881 ; Austria
32. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Adrian Aeschbacher (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878-1881 ; Austria
33. Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884-1885 ; Austria
33. Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884-1885 ; Austria
34. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Erich Röhn (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
34. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Erich Röhn (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
35. Symphonia domestica, Op. 53 by Richard Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902-1903 ; Germany
35. Symphonia domestica, Op. 53 by Richard Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902-1903 ; Germany
36. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 10 in D minor, HWV 328 by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1739 ; London, England
36. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 10 in D minor, HWV 328 by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1739 ; London, England
37. Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1788 ; Vienna, Austria
37. Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1788 ; Vienna, Austria
38. Der Freischütz, J 277: Overture by Carl Maria von Weber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817-1821 ; Dresden, Germany
38. Der Freischütz, J 277: Overture by Carl Maria von Weber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817-1821 ; Dresden, Germany
39. Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 1 by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911 ; France
39. Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 1 by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911 ; France
40. Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2 by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913 ; France
40. Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2 by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913 ; France
41. Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1808 ;
41. Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1808 ;
42. Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1896 ; Vienna, Austria
42. Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1896 ; Vienna, Austria
43. Symphony no 7 in E major, D 729 [sketches] by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1821 ; Vienna, Austria
43. Symphony no 7 in E major, D 729 [sketches] by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1821 ; Vienna, Austria
44. Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68: 4th movement, Allegro non troppo by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855-1876 ; Austria
44. Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68: 4th movement, Allegro non troppo by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855-1876 ; Austria
45. Tristan und Isolde: Vorspiel und Liebestod by Richard Wagner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857-1859 ; Germany
45. En saga, Op. 9 by Jean Sibelius
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892/1902 ; Finland
46. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Edwin Fischer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878-1881 ; Austria
46. Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68: 4th movement, Allegro non troppo by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855-1876 ; Austria
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