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Classical - Released April 4, 2019 | JB Production CH


Classical - Released February 28, 2003 | Warner Classics

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography

Classical - Released October 1, 2000 | Warner Classics

Then, now, and always; here, there, and everywhere, these are among a handful of truly great recorded performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and No. 7. Indeed, one could claim that they are among Wilhelm Furtwängler's greatest recorded performances. One could argue that Furtwängler's 1943 Fifth and Seventh had more fire and intensity. But one could also argue that the 1950 Fifth and 1954 Seventh have more breadth and serenity. One could prefer the 1943 Fifth for its maniacal energy or the 1950 Fifth for its commanding gravity. One could choose the 1943 Seventh for its inexorable inevitability or the 1954 Seventh for its ecstatic sublimity. One could decide for the overwhelming fury of the wartime Berlin Philharmonic or heartwarming beauty of the postwar Vienna Philharmonic. One could feel comfortable with the faded majesty of EMI's postwar Vienna recordings but still be compelled by the harsh reality of DG's wartime Berlin recordings.

Classical - Released August 12, 2016 | La discothèque idéale de Diapason

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or

Classical - Released January 22, 2016 | Warner Classics


Classical - Released November 9, 2018 | Warner Classics


Symphonies - Released November 28, 2005 | Warner Classics


Classical - Released October 1, 2000 | Warner Classics


Classical - Released January 1, 1989 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)


Classical - Released January 22, 2016 | Warner Classics


Classical - Released November 25, 2005 | Warner Classics


Classical - Released October 1, 1998 | Warner Classics


Classical - Released August 30, 2013 | Warner Classics


Classical - Released February 1, 2019 | Orfeo


Classical - Released March 3, 2016 | The Golden Legacy of Music


Symphonic Music - Released November 21, 2006 | Naxos

Booklet Distinctions 10 de Classica-Répertoire - The Qobuz Ideal Discography

Symphonic Music - Released November 24, 2017 | audite Musikproduktion

Hi-Res Booklet
Volume 12 of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL editionpresents a sensational archive discovery: a live recording of the Manfred Overture from the 1953 festival, until recently presumed lost, and now released for the very first time. In 1953, Furtwängler also conducted two of his all-time favourites, Beethoven's Eroica and Schumann's Fourth Symphonies. Until now, these exciting interpretations were only available in technically flawed recordings made by enthusiasts. For this edition, the newly rediscovered original tapes from the archives of the SRF Swiss Radio and Television were made available. Wilhelm Furtwängler, invited to Lucerne for the first time in 1944, was one of the defining artists of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL's first decades. From 1947, he performed in Lucerne each summer (with the exception of 1952, when he had to cancel due to illness) until his final concert in August 1954, a few months before his death (recording also available in the "Historic Performances" series: audite 95.641). In total, Furtwängler conducted eighteen of the festival's concerts, sixteen of which with the Swiss Festival Orchestra who also played on 26 August 1953. Furtwängler's motto was to be "faithful to the spirit" rather than "faithful to each note". This Lucerne recording demonstrates his methodical approach, especially by means of a precisely calculated tempo architecture: Furtwängler's seemingly arbitrary tempo modifications hold structural significance, dynamising the musical form. Illustrated with numerous photos from the festival's archive, the 32-page booklet in three languages discusses this approach, whilst also referring to other famous recordings, such as Furtwängler's studio recording of Schumann's Fourth Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic, made only a few months earlier. © Audite