Beethoven interpretations by Wilhelm Furtwängler on Vinyl

Increasingly, recordings of Wilhelm Furtwängler are also released again on Vinyl. Two exemplary Beethoven interpretations were published by Warner Classics, the successor to the EMI. Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the guiding stars of the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler. He performed the symphonies again and again with different orchestras. The Ninth was frequently performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker under Furtwängler's direction. But he never recorded the work in the studio. The recording of the Bayreuth Festival of 1951 is considered particularly impressive.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor op. 125
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth Höngen, Hans Hopf, Otto Edelmann
Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Wilhelm Furtwängler
Warner Classics 190295 895730
2 LP

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony played a special role not only in the repertoire of Wilhelm Furtwängler, but in the history of music recording. In 1913, the Berlin Philharmonic, with its then chief conductor Arthur Nikisch, recorded the work as the first symphony for the new medium disc. The so-called fate symphony accompanied the entire career of Wilhelm Furtwängler. In the spring of 1954, a few months before his death, the studio production of the Fifth was created in the Great Hall of the Wiener Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic.

Beethoven: Symphony No 5 in C Minor op. 67
Wiener Philharmoniker
Wilhelm Furtwängler
Warner Classics 190295 895723
1 LP

New Committee Elected

At the annual meeting of the Wilhelm-Furtwängler-Gesellschaft on 26 June 2016 a new committee has been elected: Dr. Helge Grünewald (1st Chairman), Dr. Reinhard Niemann (2nd Chairman), Dr. Gerhard Mues (Treasurer).

Memorial Bust for Wilhelm Furtwängler in Clarens (Switzerland)

Gedenkstele in Clarens/Montreux

In a solemn ceremony a memorial bust for Wilhelm Furtwängler was unveiled on 28 August 2016 in Clarens/Montreux. The bust was created by the Swiss artist Bernard Bavaud who had already modeled Charlie Chaplin, Igor Stravinsky and Richard Strauss, among others. The project was initiated by the late Karl-Ivo Dane, a long-time member of the WFG and a great admirer of Furtwängler. As location a place at the harbour of Clarens was chosen - where Furtwängler liked to relax while promenading.

The ceremony was attended by members of the Furtwängler family and the Dane family, the sculptor, the chairmen of the German Wilhelm-Furtwängler-Gesellschaft and the Furtwängler Centre of Japan. The City of Montreux was represented by its Mayor Laurent Wehrli, the Federal Republic of Germany by Honorary Consul Jean Marc Probst. In a concert of the Montreux Festival the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, conducted by Charles Dutoit, performed the Second Movement (Andante semplice) of Furtwängler's Second Symphony.

Wilhelm Furtwängler’s Symphonies on 3 CDs –
Special Offer

George Alexander Albrecht, a renowned adept of the works by Wilhelm Furtwängler, has recorded Furtwängler’s symphonies with the Staatskapelle Weimar in the years 1998, 2000 and 2003. We offer you these recordings at a special price:

Symphony Nr. 1 2 CDs 16 €
Symphony Nr. 2 2 CDs 16 €
Symphony Nr. 3 1 CDs 10 €

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