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|1. Symphony #3 In Eb, Op. 55: I. Allegro con Brio - Wilhelm Furtwangler|
|1. Sym No.5 in c, Op.67: I. Allegro Con Brio|
These are the best World War II performances of Beethoven's symphonies under the baton of Furtwngler. Previously released versions on our label were acclaimed in Fanfare, American Record Guide, Pulse!, Absolute Sound, Diapason, Musica, and numerous other journals. Symphony No. 9 has been completely re-mastered for this edition by Aaron Z. Snyder from a new source and sounds better than any prior issue.
These may be the most gripping performances of Beethoven's symphonies you'll ever hear. No, not necessarily the most enjoyable or even the most accurate, but gripping--to say the least. In these wartime performances of Symphonies Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9, Wilhelm Furtwängler is at his most expressive, angry self. Conducting six of the world's greatest symphonies for audiences in Nazi Germany, Furtwängler has an inner turmoil that seems to shoot straight through his baton. He drives the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics to the edge of disaster, but miraculously they keep up--rising to the occasion. The Eroica and the Ninth are particularly emotion-filled; the latter features the great Bruno Kittel Choir and the BPO in fine form, but they--like everyone else here--are overshadowed by the conductor's bipolar mood swings and furious pacings. Brace yourself. These are shocking, awesome, thought-provoking performances that--thanks to a great remastering--have never sounded better. --Jason Verlinde
These symphonies are the central works in classical music - and these recordings the greatest performances of them. These are the most important sounds ever committed to record.Published on June 8 2004 by Martin Holland
In my quest to perfect "Eroica" I think I've found it and this is the one. I cannot say much about other symphonies on this CD since I haven't listened enough. Read morePublished on June 8 2003
After reading the reviews rapturously describing the quality of the sound on these restorations, I'm wondering if I need new equipment! Read morePublished on March 17 2003 by Timothy Dougal
I have listened to quite a few cycles of Beethoven's symphonies over the years, but I must say that there is something truly special about Furtwangler's. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2002 by W. Hill
Since I was a kid, I could hear people speak about Furtwangler's wartime performances (notably the Berlin 9th) with whispers, and I knew they must be something special. Read morePublished on July 13 2002 by "moe_d_anglais"
Ferocious, passionate, desperate, monumental... these are just a few of the words I would use to describe the "Furtwangler Conducts Beethoven" series offered here by Amazon. Read morePublished on April 18 2001 by TC
I love the emotion that Furtwangler ingeniously-exudes in these priceless National-Socialist era recordings. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2001
i've listened over and over to these performances, and they are the greatest of all the many beethoven symphony recordings i've heard over the years. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2000 by nd bds