Notes & Reviews:
Never before released outside of Japan is Beethoven's 9th conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler. The conducted always regarded Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony as a near-religious work and the performances he gave were always special occasions. The original sound of the May 30, 1953 concert is of a superior quality than the more populated May 30 recording - this work has also been enhanced with ambient mastering.
In an interesting item in the libretillo, Michael Tanner speaks of all records that are kept by FurtwSngler led the Ninth of Beethoven. It's May 30, 1953 may be, on balance, that is, taking into account sound, highly recommended. For my taste it sounds more natural than the famous Bayreuth (with significant imbalances between the instrument families, here are limited to a few dishes over-represented), published by EMI, highly publicized, and I like something more like interpretation, for that The FurtwSngler only easy to find for so many years, has its pluses and minuses, despite its undeniable genius. Here the orchestra is better, as did almost all his soloists, fewer failures, the choir is not inferior (neither excite me: how they have improved in recent decades!) But the soloists are, yes, except Dermota even worse (in tune, short soprano, contralto trembling). But the main thing, the sacred fire, inspiration and conviction of FurtwSngler as a ceremony officiant quasi-religious and transcendental are always present, from the "inexorable fate" of the first movement to mystical ecstasy and delight the passionate finale, to a bruckneriano scherzo and, of course, for most loving Adagio.
an account of such imagination and perception that it is worth hearing as an essential alternative or possibly even correction to other versions.
Recording information: Groáer Saal, Musikverein (05/30/1953).
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Works DetailsBeethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
- Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
- Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
- Running Time: 73 min. 28 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1824