Wilhelm Furtwängler

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Live in Berlin

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Since all of the performances on this massive 12-disc Audite set have been released many times before, committed fans of conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler may well have already heard most, if not all of them. But there is one crucially important difference between the release here and every previous release; these recordings are taken directly from the original master tapes and are a vast improvement over any previous issue. Taken from live radio performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker taped between 1947 and 1954, the sound is in its way stunning. There is not only more clarity but also more color, more detail, and more depth than in any earlier release, so one can better appreciate the nuances of the great German conductor's art. Though these aural differences are relatively minimal in the earlier recordings, the sound in the later recordings is as fine as the best sound of the time, and listeners may be astounded to find out their place and time of origin. These performances are among the greatest ever recorded by Furtwängler, with some being among the greatest ever recorded by anybody, anywhere, anytime, the searing Bruckner Eighth from 1949 being a prime example. The release should be of strong interest to committed Furtwängler fans.

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Götterdämmerung
1 09:35
Die Mestersinger von Nürnberg
2 09:23
Concerto grosso in D minor, Op. 6/10
3 02:11
4 02:53
5 04:44
6 04:00
7 02:51
Variations on a theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a
8 02:08
9 01:19
10 01:04
11 02:06
12 02:58
13 00:57
14 01:25
15 03:30
16 01:06
17 03:46
Concerto for Orchestra, Op. 38
18 03:18
19 03:28
20 03:41
21 02:15
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