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Wilhelm Furtwängler: The Legend

Audio Samples

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise"
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
>Schumann, Robert : Manfred, Op. 115
>     Overture
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave"
>Smetana, Bedrich : Ma vlast
>     112/2
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Oberon
>     Overture
>Schubert, Franz : Die Zauberharfe, D 644
>     Overture
>Schubert, Franz : Rosamunde, incidental music, D 797
>     Entr'acte no 3 in B flat
>     Ballet no 2 in G
>Cherubini, Luigi : Anacreon
>     Overture
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Alceste
>     Overture
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Iphigenie en Aulide
>     Overture
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Freischutz
>     Overture
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Euryanthe
>     Overture
>Strauss, Richard : Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
>Liszt, Franz : Les preludes, S 97

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise"
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
>Schumann, Robert : Manfred, Op. 115
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave"
>Smetana, Bedrich : Ma vlast
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Oberon
>Schubert, Franz : Die Zauberharfe, D 644
>Schubert, Franz : Rosamunde, incidental music, D 797
>Cherubini, Luigi : Anacreon
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Alceste
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Iphigenie en Aulide
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Freischutz
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Euryanthe
>Strauss, Richard : Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
>Liszt, Franz : Les preludes, S 97
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Notes & Reviews:

This 3-CD set couples together a selection of some of the more popular classics recorded by the great German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler. Furtwängler was born 125 years ago in 1886 and this birthday tribute comes as a timely reminder of his genius. He was, without doubt, one of the truly great musical interpreters of the 20th century and we are fortunate indeed that he was working at a time when EMI were able to capture on record his work both in the studio and on the concert platform.

All the recordings were made with the Vienna Philharmonic in the late 1940s and early ‘50s, during the final years of the conductor’s career. The first disc in the set contains three popular symphonies by composers who were close to Furtwängler’s heart. The other two CDs comprise a selection of well-known shorter works, making this the ideal means by which purchasers can familiarize themselves with the work of this great man of music.



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Notes: Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, Austria (1948-12-07_1948-12-08&1949-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise"
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Notes: Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, Austria (1951-01-11_1951-01-12&1951-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1791

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Notes: Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, Austria (01/19/1950-01/21/1950)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1822

>Schumann, Robert : Manfred, Op. 115 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Running Time: 12 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1849

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave"
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Notes: Composition written: 12/11/1830.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 12/11/1830

>Smetana, Bedrich : Má vlast :: 112/2
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Running Time: 12 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Oberon :: Overture
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1825-1826

>Schubert, Franz : Die Zauberharfe, D 644 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Notes: Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, Austria (01/03/1951/01/17/1951)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1820

>Schubert, Franz : Rosamunde, incidental music, D 797 :: Entr'acte no 3 in B flat
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1823

>Schubert, Franz : Rosamunde, incidental music, D 797 :: Ballet no 2 in G
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1823

>Cherubini, Luigi : Anacréon :: Overture
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1803.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1803

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Alceste :: Overture
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Notes: Composition written: Germany.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Iphigénie en Aulide :: Overture
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Notes: Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, Austria (1951-01-11_1951-01-12&1951-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Freischütz :: Overture
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Running Time: 10 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817-1821

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Euryanthe :: Overture
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1822-1823

>Strauss, Richard : Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Running Time: 16 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1894-1895

>Liszt, Franz : Les préludes, S 97
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Running Time: 15 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1848-1854