Furtwängler conducts Wagner

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Furtwängler conducts Wagner



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1st March 2010




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Furtwängler conducts Wagner


Tannhäuser: Overture

Recorded at the Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, 2-3 December, 1952

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Recorded at the Musikvereinssaal,Vienna, 4 March, 1954

Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Recorded at the Musikvereinssaal,Vienna, 8 March, 1954

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Recorded at the Musikvereinssaal,Vienna, 2 March, 1954

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)

Recorded in Kingsway Hall, London, 23 June, 1952



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This disc of music by Wagner, very much a staple of Furtwängler’s repertoire, draws from recordings that would be amongst the conductor’s last.

As always, the great German conductor ensures maximum expression while allowing the music to move forward in an organic way.

The legendary Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad and Furtwängler were close as musicians over an extended period of time. Her beauty of tone, unforced strength, accurate intonation and ability to spin a long and precise vocal line are exemplified in this unforgettable performance of Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene from Götterdämmerung.

Reissue Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn

Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser

Tannhauser: Overture

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin, Act III

Lohengrin, Act I: Prelude

Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Prologue: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Act III: Siegfried's Funeral Music

Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods), Act III: Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort

Richard Wagner: Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods)

Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods), Act III: Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort

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