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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 5 / Egmont Overture / WEBER, C.M. von: Der Freischutz Overture (Furtwangler, Early Recordings, Vol. 2) (1926-1935)

Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig vanRossini, GioachinoWeber, Carl Maria von
Artist(s) Furtwangler, Wilhelm, Conductor • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.111003
Label Naxos Historical
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Volume 2 of the Naxos edition of Wilhelm Furtwängler’s pre-1940s recordings begins with a weighty account of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture followed by a galvanizing performance of the Symphony No. 5, Furtwängler’s first recording of the work. This is presented complete for the first time: a few bars of music went unrecorded during the transition from the first to the second side of the third movement and are replaced here by the inclusion of the corresponding bars from Furtwängler’s 1937 remake with the same orchestra. In the Overture to Weber’s Der Freischütz, Furtwängler’s volatile and ‘free’ conducting is remarkably convincing.


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Review By David Denton,Naxos,July 2008

It was hearing the music of Beethoven that proved to be the driving force behind Wilhelm Furtwangler’s desire to become a musician. Born in Berlin in 1886, he was initially trained as a pianist, but become the most internationally famous German conductor in the first half of the 20th century. In the 1920’s he was appointed conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras, and it was mainly through his many recordings with the BPO that his name was transmitted around the world. His reputation tarnished in the Second World War by his compliance with the Nazi Party, but he was eventually rehabilitated and went on to make a number of well-recorded performances of his Beethoven interpretations. The thought that his expansive approach came in later life

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