Notes & Reviews:
"Stylistically there are more echoes of Tchaikovsky and Strauss - the Strauss of the Alpine Symphony, that is: grand, spacious, sweeping and not a little over-inflated... Daniel Barenboim conducts an impassioned, highly polished performance - a fitting tribute to the man whose warm praise helped establish Barenboim as a pianist and whose conducting continues to inspire him today, nearly half a century after Furtwanger's death." ***** -Johnson, BBC
Music lovers think of Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886-1954) as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century who also composed, but he always thought of himself as a composer who also conducted, in the tradition of Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner and other past masters. In the summer of 1954 the 11-year-old Daniel Barenboim met Furtwängler in Salzburg, who called him a "phenomenon." Here Barenboim pays tribute to the legend by leading the American premiere of his Second Symphony.
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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, etc / Wild, Fiedler
Ravel: Bolero, etc; Debussy: Images / Munch, Boston Symphony
Weinberg: Piano Concerto no 2, etc / Rickenbacher, et al
Beethoven: Symphonies no 5 & 6 / Munch, Boston SO
Rhapsodies - Liszt, Enesco, Smetana, et al / Stokowski
Furtwängler: Symphony no 3 / Albrecht, Weimar Staatskapelle
Brahms, Bruch: Concertos / Mordkovitch, Wallfisch, Järvi
Parry: Complete Symphonies / Bamert, London Philharmonic
Reznicek: Der Sieger / Jurowski, Cologne Radio SO
Works DetailsWilhelm Furtwängler (Conductor/Composer) (1886 - 1954) : Symphony no 2 in E minor
- Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
- Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
- Notes: Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL (12/12/2001-12/15/2001)
- Running Time: 81 min. 23 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Orchestral