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FURTWANGLER, W.: Symphony No. 2 (Bavarian Radio Symphony, Jochum)

Composer(s):Furtwangler, Wilhelm
Artist(s) Jochum, Eugen, Conductor • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 900702
Label BR-Klassik
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Robert R. Reilly,Catholic News Agency,July 2011

…of more than historical interest is the new release of a Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra performance from 1954 of Wilhelm Furtwangler’s Symphony No. 2, by conductor Eugen Jochum. This is a mega-symphony (more than 80 minutes long) very much in the tradition of Bruckner and Mahler. Though Furtwangler wrote it at the end of World War II, its language belongs solidly in the late Romantic period. However, unlike Richard Strauss’s autumnal Four Last Songs, written at the same time, the Second Symphony does not have anything valedictory about it. It is written as if the late Romantic tradition were still alive. This is a storm-tossed work, fraught with peril, possessed of fury, and written from within a maelstrom.



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