Notes & Reviews:
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony would be his farewell to Bayreuth and was in fact one of his very last concerts anywhere, for it took place just three months before his death. Its interpretation is more direct and less ceremonial than in earlier recordings under this great conductor.
The Guardian, 24th January 2013
The restored sound is poor, but the electricity of the performance - the power of its climaxes and dramatic intensity - is unmistakable. Furtwängler fans will certainly want to hear this account.
BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
Orfeo offers the best sound yet for this performance, even though the vocal soloists remain painfully spotlit. Furtwängler conducts with spacious grandeur and elemental drive.
Recording information: Festspielhaus Bayreuth (08/09/1954).
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Works DetailsBeethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
- Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
- Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
- Running Time: 49 min. 40 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1824