Composer: Anton Bruckner
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 96kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Label: Praga Digitals
Size: 1.1 GB
Furtwangler IX – Bruckner Symphony 9 & 7
SYMPHONY No.9 in D minor
01. I.Feierlich. Misterioso
02. II.Scherzo. Bewegt. Lebhaft – Trio. Schnell
03. III. Adagio. Langsam, feierlich
04. SYMPHONY No.7 in E major-II.Adagio. Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
Wilhelm Furtwängler has left us with 112 live concert recordings. Many connoisseurs consider that his most unforgettableperformance was that of 7th October 1944 in the Berlin Beethoven-Saal, attended by Hermann Göring. The programmefeatured Bruckner’s last (unfinished) symphony, and closed with the adagio from Symphony No 7. This slow movement is heavy with Wagnerian Weltschmerz. It was written in the weeks preceding Wagner’s death in February 1883, and whennews reached Bruckner that Wagner had indeed died in Venice, he added the deeply poignant coda as an explicit tribute.This original recording represents Furtwängler’s most inspired performance and is a compelling testimony to his legacy. It took Furtwängler to recognise and recreate an absolutely perfect depiction of Bruckner’s tortured mind and, by extension, an entire world on the brink of collapse.
BBC Music Magazine
No interpretation conveys the tragedy and frantic search for spiritual fulfilment in Bruckner 9 with such visceral power as Furtwängler and the Berliners in this overwhelmingly intense wartime recording.
the Berlin Philharmonic’s playing reaches terrifying heights in the first movement and brutal Scherzo. Furtwängler’s way with the structure is totally flexible: sometimes he seems almost to lose his way, but then pulls the music back together for a shattering climax…Unmissable.