Furtwängler conducts Furtwängler & Beethoven: Historical Recordings 1954

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REVIEW:Furtwängler famously considered himself a composer who conducted, rather than vice versa, and his most familiar surviving work is without question his Second Symphony. It’s...

REVIEW:

Furtwängler famously considered himself a composer who conducted, rather than vice versa, and his most familiar surviving work is without question his Second Symphony. It’s a lovable outpouring composed in the last year of the Second World War but that has both its head and its heart buried among the dying embers of late Romanticism. Bruckner, Strauss, Brahms and Reger are all there in attendance and, although the work is well worth sampling, one laments the fact that, while we have at least four recordings of Furtwängler conducting it, we have none of him conducting the Missa solemnis or Parsifal. The 1954 Stuttgart RSO recording of Furtwänger’s Second, reissued here by Hänssler Classic, comes paired with a typically marmoreal account of Beethoven’s First. Both performances are characteristic...it’s nice to have seven minutes’ worth of Furtwängler in (German) conversation with the conductor Hans Müller-Kray, a privilege included only on the Hänssler Classic set.

-- Gramophone



Product Description:


  • Release Date: September 27, 2011


  • UPC: 4010276023975


  • Catalog Number: 94215


  • Label: SWR Classic


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Period: Classical, 20th Century


  • Composer: Wilhelm Furtwangler, Ludwig van Beethoven


  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwangler


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart


  • Performer: Furtwaengler



Works:


  1. Symphony No. 2 in E Minor

    Composer: Wilhelm Furtwängler

    Ensemble: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler


  2. Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ensemble: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler