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BRAHMS: Violin Concerto / WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll (Furtwangler, Comm. Recordings 1940-50, Vol. 6)

Composer(s):Brahms, JohannesMendelssohn, FelixWagner, Richard
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.110999
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps

Although Furtwängler’s recorded legacy is extensive, recordings of concertos are relatively few. This 1949 recording of Brahms’ Violin Concerto is notable for the legendary conductor’s highly expressive accompaniment. In the Hungarian Dances Furtwängler’s innate understanding of their idiom brings a variety of subtleties and inflexions that make this recording particularly memorable. In Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture his structural strength of line, together with a natural fluidity of tempo underpinning the thematic imagery, strikes a perfect balance. Last but not least, the heart-warming performance of Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll demonstrates once again that even when Furtwängler conducted the lighter



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Menuhin’s classic 1949 account has been out many times during the last sixty years, but the present transfer by Ward Marston is arguably the finest. It comes with other 1949 recordings made in Vienna, including the poignant Siegfried Idyll.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,October 2007

Wilhelm Furtwangler was in the eyes of Americans a Nazi collaborator, his reinstatement in the musical world following the end of the Second World War being totally abhorrent. European record companies had no such scruples and could see in the veteran conductor a highly saleable product. They were to be proved correct, his Indian Summer producing a wealth of artistically outstanding records. Not all were pure gold, as this disc of 1949 recordings is to show, the garbled playing of the Vienna Philharmonic and the lack of an idiomatic style leaving the three Hungarian Dances best forgotten. Not so the weighty Fingles Cave, the emphasis he brings to the lower strings being the springboard for a dramatic reading ideally portraying the rugged coastline. In his oft troubled



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