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Volume 2 of the Naxos edition of Wilhelm Furtwängler’s pre-1940s recordings begins with a weighty account of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture followed by a galvanizing performance of the Symphony No. 5, Furtwängler’s first recording of the work. This is presented complete for the first time: a few bars of music went unrecorded during the transition from the first to the second side of the third movement and are replaced here by the inclusion of the corresponding bars from Furtwängler’s 1937 remake with the same orchestra. In the Overture to Weber’s Der Freischütz, Furtwängler’s volatile and ‘free’ conducting is remarkably convincing.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont, Op. 84
Egmont, Op. 84: Overture
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischutz, J. 277
Der Freischutz, J. 277: Overture
Gioachino Rossini: La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie): Overture
La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie): Overture
Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville): Overture
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville): Overture
“Furtwängler didn't enjoy recording, but his first recording of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony in 1926, is fresh, invigorating and characteristic, though the sound will deter all but devotees.”
“a fine performance, utterly characteristic in its power and malleability, and essential listening for anyone interested in this supremely great conductor.”
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