New digital transfers & remastering – 22 SACD – 180p book
The radio recordings between 1939 and 1945 with the Berliner Philharmoniker 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 Berliner Philharmoniker are releasing a complete edition of these recordings on 22 CD/SACD.
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 Berliner Philharmoniker, 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.
Includes Bonus Interview with Friedrich Schnapp
Furtwängler: Symphonic Concerto in B minor
Handel: Concerto grosso, Op. 6 No. 5 in D major, HWV323
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Strauss, R: Verfuehrung Op. 33 No. 1
Strauss, R: Waldseligkeit, Op. 49 No. 1
Strauss, R: Liebeshymnus, Op. 32 No. 3
Strauss, R: Winterliebe Op. 48 No. 5
Strauss, R: Don Juan, Op. 20
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'
Gluck: Alceste: Overture
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod
Schubert, Heinz: Hymnisches Konzert for soloists, organ & orchestra
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'
Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543
Sibelius: En Saga, Op. 9
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
Pepping: Symphony No. 2 in F minor
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A major
Strauss, R: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
Brahms: Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a 'St Anthony Variations'
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Strauss, R: Symphonia Domestica, Op. 53
Handel: Concerto grosso, Op. 6 No. 10 in D minor, HWV328
Weber: Der Freischütz Overture
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 1
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 - Finale
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