Great Conductors - Furtwängler

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Great Conductors - Furtwängler



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28th July 2008




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Great Conductors - Furtwängler

Commercial Recordings 1940-1950 Volume 7


Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Recorded 22nd - 25th March, 1948, Kingsway Hall, London

London Philharmonic Orchestra


Symphony No. 7 in E Major - Adagio

Recorded 1st April, 1942, Berlin Philharmonie

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra



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If the most notable trait of this 1948 recording of Brahms’ Second Symphony, Furtwängler’s only commercial recording of the work, is the extreme variance of tempo, the composer’s characteristically restless contrast of dynamism and lyricism is nevertheless placed firmly within a framework of the clearest realisation of form and symphonic development. The orchestra is audibly galvanised by Furtwängler’s interpretative flexibility, which courses at white heat throughout the work.

Another considerable asset is the recording quality achieved by the engineers in one of the most sought-after venues for orchestral music in England, Kingsway Hall in London.

The wartime Telefunken recording of the second movement of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony is also Furtwängler’s only commercial recording of the composer’s music.

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

I. Allegro non troppo

II. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso

III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assai

IV. Allegro con spirito

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107

Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107: II. Adagio

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