Wilhelm Furtwängler: The Radio Recordings 1939–1945 Remastered – 22 SACD – 184p book

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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.

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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. This approach was displayed particularly impressively in the 19th century German repertoire, which also forms the focus of this edition – with symphonies and solo concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner and Schubert, plus rarities such as the Symphonic Concerto for Piano and Orchestra composed by Furtwängler. 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 late 1980s 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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 Wilhelm Furtwängler
Symphonic Concerto
 
George Frideric Handel
Concerto grosso, op. 6 no. 5
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 5
 
Richard Strauss
Verführung · Waldseligkeit · Liebeshymnus · Winterliebe
Don Juan
 
Richard Wagner
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude
 
Robert Schumann
Piano Concerto
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 7
 
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 9
 
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Alceste: Overture
Robert Schumann
Cello Concerto
Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 5
 
Johannes Brahms
Piano Concerto No. 2
Richard Wagner
Tristan und Isolde: Vorspiel & Liebestod
 
Heinz Schubert
Hymnic Concerto
Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 8 “Die Große”
 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 39
 
Jean Sibelius
En saga
Violin Concerto
 
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 4 (without audience)
Symphony No. 4 (with audience)
Coriolan, Overture
Symphony No. 5
 
Ernst Pepping
Symphony No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 4
 
Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 6 (incomplete)
Robert Schumann
Cello Concerto (incomplete)
Richard Strauss
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
 
Johannes Brahms
Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 4
 
Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Concerto
Richard Strauss
Symphonia domestica
 
George Frideric Handel
Concerto grosso, op. 6 no. 10
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 39
 
Carl Maria von Weber
Der Freischütz: Overture
Maurice Ravel
Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 1 (incomplete)
Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale”
 
Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 9
Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 7 “Unvollendete”
 
Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 1:
4. Adagio – Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
 
Bonus
Interview with Friedrich Schnapp
 
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    Wilhelm Furtwängler: The Radio Recordings 1939–1945

    Remastered – 22 SACD – 184p book

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    22 Hybrid SACD/CD
    Complete Radio Recordings 1939–1945

    Accompanying book
    Hardcover, 184 pages

    Recordings exclusive in this edition (i.e. no download or streaming)

    High resolution digital transfers from original sources

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