Notes & Reviews:
Beethoven was Wilhelm Furtwängler's guiding musical force. In his interpretations of the symphonies, the conductor generates irresistible dramatic momentum – and a constant sense of imaginative freshness – through the interrelationship of form, harmony, texture, rhythm and tempo. These recordings, all made in the late 1940s and early 1950s, in the Musikverein in Vienna and at concerts in London, Bayreuth and Stockholm, were newly remastered in 2010, bringing their sound more alive than ever before.
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Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas / Artur Schnabel, piano (mono, rec. 1932-35, remastered in 24 bit/96kHz) [8 CDs]
Mendelssohn: The 5 Symphonies; The 13 String Symphonies / Kurt Masur, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Concerto Koln; Bonney, Wiens, Schreier (rec. 1987-96) [6 CDs]
Chopin: Piano Works - Préludes; Impromptus; Nocturnes; Ballades, Scherzos; Sonatas; Mazurkas; Waltzes; Polonaises; Etudes; Concertos / Francoois-Rene Duchable, piano (rec. 1974-97) [6 CDs]
Great Trumpet Concertos by Vivaldi, Bach, Albinoni, Torelli, Purcell, Zipoli, Telemann, Fasch, Tartini, Marcello, Molter, Haydn, Mozart, Cimarosa, Hummel, Jolivet, Arutiuian, Jolivet et al. / Maurice André, trumpet (rec. 1962-80) [6 CDs]
Mozart: Piano Sonatas Nos. 3-4; 8-15, 17-18; Rondo; Fantasias / Alfred Brendel, piano [7 CDs]
Georges Prêtre: The Symphonic Recordings for Warner - Works by Saint-Saëns; Roussel; Dvorák; Tchakovsky; Shostakovich; and more / Georges Prêtre, Various artists; [17 CDs]
Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 1-10 / Riccardo Chailly, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchestra Berlin; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam [10 CDs]
Schubert: Piano Sonatas D959, 664, 850, 568, 958, 960; 894; Impromptus, D899 & 935; Wanderer Fantasy; Piano Quintet, D667 "Trout" / Elisabeth Leonskaja, piano (rec. 1985-97) [6 CDs]
Julius Katchen: The Complete Decca Recordings - Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Gamba, Liszt, and many more / Julius Katchen, piano; various artists [35 CDs}