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Furtwängler: Symphony no 2 / Barenboim, Chicago SO

Album Summary

>Furtwängler, Wilhelm : Symphony no 2 in E minor
Conductor Ensemble Composer

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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>Wilhelm 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