- Audio CD (Oct. 29 2002)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- Label: Archipel
- ASIN: B0000713A6
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
Conductors like Walter and Szel could only dream of convincing an audience of their correct ideas of Bruckner. The Bruckner feeling of the mystic is firmly in place here.
The sound is very good for it's age and is very clear.
I always have mixed feelings when listening to wartime Furtwangler performances of Beethoven, Brahms, and Bruckner. Not so much because of the sometimes marginal sound (if you know the pieces somehow the mind seems to fill in the gaps!) but rather the circumstances of the recordings. With me, I always feel like I'm sitting in the audience, with the coughs right near me.I also think that if I were there and had a pistol, more than likely the person sitting next to me would deserve a bullet in the head. The music, however, is simply fantastic. Furtwangler, at a minimum, allowed his great talent to be used by the Nazis for propaganda purposes. What this teaches me is that simply because a person is a great artist, it does not mean that person has great character. So I think what we are left with is the music, which in this case is extraordinary.