Notes & Reviews:
"...This is a sublime performance - Furtwangler's final reading of the work, given only a few months before his death. It is somewhat slower throughout than his earlier performances, and more inward-looking...there is a warmth of texture and color that would suggest the word 'autumnal' even if we didn't know how close this performance was to the end of the conductor's life..." -Fanfare
This is a digital restoration of Furtwängler's last performance of this work on August 22, 1954.
BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2008
His last performance of Beethoven's Ninth, in August 1954, has legendary status, but though precise it seems to me inferior in tension and exultation to those from Berlin in 1942 and Bayreuth in 1951...a Choral that Richard Wagner surely would have cherished.
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Works DetailsBeethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
- Performers: Ernst Vocals] (Tenor); Otto Edelmann (Bass); Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
- Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
- Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
- Running Time: 75 min. 20 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1824
- Studio/Live: Live