Notes & Reviews:
After Berlin, Vienna was the music center to which Wilhelm Furtwängler had the closest artistic connections. Under his direction the Vienna Philharmonic made a whole series of radio recordings that have now, for the first time, been carefully edited under the auspices of the Furtwängler specialist Gottfried Kraus and released by Orfeo on 18 CDs.
International Record Review, May 2013
This is a set which will be or urgent interest to Furtwängler collectors and it should be explored by anyone wanting to hear a great conductor at the height of his powers ... Orfeo has given us a Furtwängler set of considerable musical significance ... an engrossing experience.
The recording quality is very good considering the time in which it was recorded, and the liner notes are informative and give valuable perspective to the musical environment at the time as well as the depth of feeling that the note-writer felt as a performer under Mr. Furtwangler. For those unfamiliar with his work, this should be a wonderful musical discovery. For those that have other collections, there is indeed additional value here. This is a wonderful collection -- highly recommended!
Submitted on 07/29/13 by KlingonOpera
Wagner: Wesedonck-Lieder; Siegfried-Idyll; Overtures / Nina Stemme, soprano. Thomas Dausgaard
Mercury Living Presence Collection, Volume 2 (2013) [55 CDs]
Karol Symanowski: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 "Symphonie Concertante"; Concerto Overture / Louis Lortie, piano; BBC SO
Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols / Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury
Bach: Ach Susser Trost! Leipzig Cantatas, BWV 25, 138, 105, 46 / Hana Blazikova, Damien Guillon, Thomas Hobbs, Peter Kooij. Herrewegghe
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 2 "To October" & 15 / Vasily Petrenko
Bel Raggio: Rossini Arias / Aleksandra Kurzak, soprano; Artur Rucinski, baritone; Morandi, Sinfonia Varsovia
Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Hotter, Fischer-Dieskau, Greindl, Varnay, Windgassen, Varnay. Clemens Krauss [Bayreuth 1953]
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Christian Thielemann, Vienna State Opera