Furtwängler - The Early Recordings Volume 1

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Furtwängler - The Early Recordings Volume 1



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31st March 2008




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Furtwängler - The Early Recordings Volume 1

Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV1048

Recorded in 1930

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

Recorded 13th June, 1929


Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

Recorded November, 1933

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik': Allegro

Recorded 28th December, 1936 and June, 1937

Die Zauberflöte, K620: Overture

Recorded 1930


Incidental music to Rosamunde, D797

Recorded 13th June, 1929

Rosamunde, D797: Ballet Music No. 2

Recorded 13th June, 1929



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Volume 1 of this new Naxos edition of Wilhelm Furtwängler’s pre-1940s recordings includes an account of J.S. Bach’s third Brandenburg Concerto that is lightyears away from the ‘historically informed’ norm of today, yet eloquent, deeply-felt and with a real sense of light and shade.

The two Mozart opera overtures are typically dramatic and intense, while in the ever-popular Eine kleine Nachtmusik Furtwängler caresses the melodies, allowing rhythms to stand proud and making effective use of dynamic contrasts.

The Overture to Schubert’s Rosamunde is especially weighty in Furtwängler’s hands, while the B flat Entr’acte is tender and warmly expressed, and the G major Ballet Music puckish and witty.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048


III. Allegro

Johann Sebastian Bach: Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068

Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: II. Air, "Air on a G String"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492

Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act I: Overture

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Abduction from the Seraglio), K. 384

Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, K. 384, Act I: Overture

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade No. 13 in G major, K. 525, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"

I. Allegro

II. Romanze: Andante

III. Minuet: Allegro - Trio

IV. Rondo: Allegro

Franz Schubert: Rosamunde, D. 797

I. Overture (Die Zauberharfe, D. 644)

V. Entr'acte No. 3 in B flat major

IX. Ballet No. 2 in G major

BBC Music Magazine

Proms 2008


“Furtwängler's Bach may occasion some strokes, but his Mozart and Schubert, recorded in 1929-37, sing and dance with irresistible élan, and the playing of the Berlin Philharmonic is gorgeous.”

Classic FM Magazine

“Furtwängler plays with a fine mixture of virility and grace….A particular delight [and] thoroughly enjoyable reissue.”

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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