Furtwängler - The Early Recordings Volume 2

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Furtwängler - The Early Recordings Volume 2



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2nd June 2008




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Furtwängler - The Early Recordings Volume 2


Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Recorded November, 1933 in the Hochschule für Musik, Berlin

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Recorded 16th and 30th October, 1926 in Berlin


La gazza ladra Overture

Recorded in 1930 in the Hochschule für Musik, Berlin

Il barbiere di Siviglia Overture

Recorded May, 1935 in the Hochschule für Musik, Berlin


Der Freischütz Overture

Recorded 16th October, 1926 in Berlin



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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: Overture

Egmont, Op. 84: Overture

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

I. Allegro con brio

II. Andante con moto

III. Allegro

IV. Allegro

Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz, Op. 77, J. 277

Der Freischutz, J. 277: Overture

Gioachino Rossini: La gazza ladra

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

BBC Music Magazine

Proms 2008


“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.”

Gramophone Magazine

“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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