Furt 2012 - W. FURTWÄNGLER « LIVE » IN VIENNA, VOL. IIDownload
Ludwig van Beethoven: Ninth Symphony, op. 125 in D minor
Wiener Philharmoniker & Singakademie
Soloists: Hilde Güden, Rosette Anday, Julius Patzak, Alfred Poell
Recorded live on 3.II.1952 in the Musikvereinssaal in Vienna
(new mastering) - SACD
We know three magnificent performances of Beethoven’s choral symphony by W. Furtwängler: Berlin 1942, Bayreuth 1951 and Lucerne, 1954. We are releasing the Vienna concert broadcast of 3 February 1952 on SACD, which will give this outstanding performance an extra shine. The Viennese critiques wrote that : « As usual, it was beautiful, grandiose and festive and it could not have been otherwise with the Philharmonic Orchestra playing under Furtwängler.»
Date : October, 2012 - Barre code : 3504129201210
Furt 2011 - Wilhelm FurtwänglerDownload
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica", op. 55 in E Flat major - Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler on 30.XI.1952- NEW MASTERING - SACD
Nine recordings of the Eroica by Furtwängler are known, three of which are studio recordings and six Live concerts. After reissuing the famous and breathtaking recording of 1944, we are releasing on SACD the concert of 30 November 1952. Furtwängler was himself here and his art glows in the Funeral March which, alongside the Leonore III overture and the Choral Symphony, were the highlights in which the “tragic side” of his personality shone through.
Date : May, 2012 - Barre code : 3504129201111
Furt 2010 - Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts BrahmsDownload
SACD: Variations on a theme by Haydn, op. 56a
Symphony No. 1 op. 68
Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks
Recorded Live in the Musikhalle of Hamburg on 27.X.1951
Hybrid SACD 24 bit 192 khz (new mastering)
At the end of the war, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt founded the Radio Hambourg orchestra. The first guest conductor was Wilhelm Furtwängler who on 27 October 1951 conducted a Brahms concert that has become famous. Released here on SACD, this document crystallizes the unforgettable encounter of two geniuses at their full maturity. Our first release of the document was awarded the “Diapason d’Or du Siècle”.
Date : November, 2011 - Barre code : 3504129201012
Furt 2008 - Wilhelm Furtwängler and the Eroica (Hybrid SACD)Download
L. van Beethoven: Symphonie No. 3, Eroica, op. 55 in E Flat major - W. Furtwängler conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Historic recording made on 19/20.XII.1944 by Friedrich Schnapp in the great Musikvereinssaal in Vienna (Magnetofonkonzert) and released as SACD from the analog master tapes extant at the Deutsche Rundfunk Archiv
The present CD is the first one of a new series of « Live » recordings dedicated to Wilhelm Furtwängler at the head of the Vienna and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. These issues released in the SACD format, are a noticeable improvement as opposed to the preceding releases. The famous Eroica recorded in Vienna in December 1944 is the first one of this series and will be followed by a Bruckner Eighth recorded two months earlier. The sound quality of these archives is astounding if one considers that they are over sixty years of age.
Date : June, 2011 - Barre code : 3504129200817
Furt 2007 - Furtwängler on tour
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40, KV 550
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4, op. 98
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler
Concert recorded on tour in Wiesbaden on 10.VI.1949 - New Mastering
Furtwängler made quite a number of concert tours, especially with the Berlin Philharmonic (34 before the war and 6 after). So, between 1 and 14 June 1949, Furtwängler took the orchestra on tour through twelve German towns and conducted 14 concerts. The programs included works by Pfitzner, Strauss, Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven. The concert of 10 June in Wiesbaden was recorded by the Hessische Rundfunk under excellent sonic conditions: we are releasing a new mastering of it excluding the excerpts from Palestrina.
Despite their sixty years of age, the original tapes are of excellent quality and the performance of the Brahms Fourth is considered by many music lovers as the best one of the great Furtwängler.
Date : May, 2009 - Barre code : 3504129200718
Furt 2006 - Furtwängler conducts SchubertDownload
Schubert: Rosamunde, Interlude No. 3 in B flat major (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - 3.VI.1944) - Symphony No. 8 (9), the Great, D 944 (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - 6/8.XII.1942) - Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting
During the war, the sound engineer of the Radio of the Reich (RRG) Friedrich Schnapp recorded Furtwängler’s concerts in Berlin (and some in Vienna). After the victory over Germany in May 1945, the Russians took back to Moscow the great majority of sound archives of the German Radio and returned them to Germany only on 11 March 1991 (1462 tapes), at the time of Gorbatchev’s perestroika. The present Ninth Schubert Symphony that was recorded during a concert of the Berlin Philharmonic on 6 or 8 December 1942 is part of these tapes. As for the excerpt from Rosamunde, it is part of a recording also made by Schnapp with the Vienna Philharmonic on 3 June 1944 (it was a so-called Magnetofonkonzert).
Date : March, 2009 - Barre code : 3504129200619
Furt 2005 - Brahms by FurtwänglerDownload
Johannes Brahms: Variations on a theme by Haydn, op. 56 - Public recording made at Théâtre National de l'Opéra in Paris on 4.V.1954
Symphony No. 1, op. 68 - Public recording made at Titania Palast in Berlin on 10.II.1952
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
Contrary to Beethoven and Bruckner, Furtwängler started only very slowly to conduct Brahms. Furtwängler Brahms as the successor of the ancient German and Dutch Masters and to him, the Brahms Symphonies depict a savage fantastic and almost demoniac world. Furtwängler considers Brahms as the image of the « classical » German, representing most strikingly German art with all its asperities and its sweetness, its external reserve and its interior abandon, its vehemence and its discipline. This version (remastered), comes from a Live concert in Berlin in February 1952, and with that of Hamburg of 1951 remains the most beautiful testimony of this great German conductor
Note : New mastering of the Variations on a theme by Haydn (Furt 1023) - The Brahms First is released for the first time by Tahra
Substitute : Furt 1023
Furt 2002/2004 - Furtwängler & Beethoven
CD I : Symphony No. 3, Eroica, op. 55, in E flat major - Titania Palast, 8.XII.1952
CD II : Symphony No. 5, op. 67 in C minor & Symphony No. 6, Pastorale, op. 68 in F major - Titania Palast, 25.V.1947
CD III : Symphony No. 7, op. 92 in A major
Symphony No. 8, op. 93 in F majoer - Titania Palast, 14.IV.1953
Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker
After the Ninth Symphony recorded at the Lucerne Festival on 21 August 1954 (SACD Furt 2001), this new Tahra release features a mini Beethoven cycle under Furtwängler (NEWLY REMASTERED) of symphonies 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8, all in live performances recorded between 1947 and 1953 at the Titania Palast in Berlin with the Berliner Philharmonic.
The concert of 1947 is interesting in so far as it is Furtwängler’s comeback to Berlin and to his former orchestra.
Date : October, 2008 - Barre code : 3504129200213
FURT 2001 - The last Beethoven's Ninth by Furtwängler
L. van Beethoven: Ninth Symphony - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Elsa Cavelti (contralto) - Ernst Haefliger (tenor), Otto Edelmann (bass) - Choir of the Lucerne Festival (choir master: Albert Jenny) - Philharmonia Orchestra London - Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting - Live recording made at the Lucerne Kunsthaus on 22.VIII.1954
This is Tahra's first SACD with the famous Beethoven Ninth conducted by Furtwängler at the Lucerne Festival and his very last performance (August 1954) three months before his death. Tahra released it for the first time in 1994; in 1995 it won the Gramophone Award and is our greatest success.
The new mastering allows us to listen to this concert in sound conditions approaching the fabulous quality of the original tape recorded by the Swiss Radio.
Furtwangler regarded Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as one of the great monuments of Western civilization and always saved its performance for special occasions. Of Furtwangler's twelve live recordings of the Beethoven's Choral Symphony known to exist (he never recorded it in a studio), three stand out as being the greatest of the great: a 1942 Berlin Philharmonic concert, the 1951 Bayreuth Festival and the 1954 Lucerne Festival. The 1951 EMI release is undeniably the most famous one for the publicity surrounding the reopening of the Festival Hall at Bayreuth after the Second World War. Many regard this edited recording as the best of Furtwangler's Ninths on record. It is without any question a magnificent and passionate reading, full of lyricism where the sense of the special occasion makes it even more appealing (...) (by Robert Manary, San Francisco, on Amazon)
Note : Historical non-vocal Gramophone Award 1995 - Replacement of Furt 1003
Date : May, 2008 - Barre code : 3504129200114
Furt 1099/1100 - Furtwängler « revisited » : Tchaikovsky, Bruckner, Schumann
CD 1: Piotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 6, « Pathétique » (Berliner Philharmoniker - His Master's Voice recording, 25-27.X.1938) - Anton Bruckner: Symphony no. 7, Adagio (berliner Philharmoniker - enregistrement Telefunken, 1.IV.1942)
CD 2: Piotr Tchaikovsky : Symphony no. 4 (Wiener Philharmoniker - His Master's Voice recording, 4-16.I.1951) - Robert Schumann : Symphony no. 4 (Berliner Philharmoniker - Deutsche Grammophon recording, 14.V.1953)
Most of these recordings were reissued in the past in a rather average sound doing no justice to the typical "Furtwängler sound". Since they also were very difficult to find, we thought that it was a good idea to make them available again to music lovers and collectors. Extensive restoration was undertaken in order to respect the fullness and richness of the Furtwängler orchestral sound, without affecting either the basses or the high pitches and above all the harmonics: in a way we deem having been able to restore the famous dynamics of Furtwängler, mainly in his Schumann Fourth which remains undoubtedly one of the most famous recordings of the Twentieth century (which of course didn't prevent an anti-Furtwänglerian to speak of his "rural style"!)
Date : April, 2005 - Barre code : 3504129109912