With the great demand for the LP version of their internationally successful Furtwängler 12-CD boxed set, audite now
presents a selection of recordings in LP format for audiophile vinyl enthusiasts. Containing compositions by Beethoven,
Bruckner, Schubert, Brahms and Wagner, the LP boxed set presents the principal
works of the CD boxed set. The majority of the concerts given by Wilhelm Furtwängler and the Berlin Philharmonic
between 1947 and 1954 were recorded by the RIAS Berlin. The original tapes from the RIAS archives have been made
available for the first time for this edition so these recordings also offer unsurpassed technical quality.
14 LP-Box, audite 87.101
Im early 2011 Wilhelm Furtwängler’s interpretation of Anton Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony was released. It is the live recording of a concert by the Berlin Philharmonic from October 1942. We have been able to locate a copy of a tape which is much better than the one previously known. The CD was released as a recording by the Wilhelm-Furtwängler-Gesellschaft (only available to members).
In order to make this eminent document of Furtwängler’s interpretative art accessible to a wider public the recording was released in parallel by the English label Testament.
Prof. Dr. Klaus Kanzog, specialist in German Studies, will give a lecture on this topic on Sunday, 12 May 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Südfoyer of the Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal. This lecture is organised by the Wilhelm-Furtwängler-Gesellschaft, in co-operation with the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation.
The lecture recalls the politico-cultural situation of the years 1944 to 1947 in Germany and Switzerland. It recapitulates aspects of Furtwängler denazification-procedure in Berlin and attempts to qualify the positions of the conductor who had remained in Germany, and of the author Thomas Mann who had been impelled to exile.
Elisabeth Furtwängler was an eminent guardian of the heritage of the unparalleled conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, and her passing is met with heartfelt sympathies by the Wilhelm-Furtwängler-Gesellschaft and its fellow societies in France and Japan. She was the centre of a large family from her first marriage to Hans Ackermann fallen in Strasbourg as early as 1940, followed by the union with Wilhelm Furtwängler in 1942/43. The re-discovery of this great and highly-educated musician acoustic and written heritage, beginning some ten years after his death and continually growing up to this day, owes more than five decades of ample stimuli to his widow. It gives solace to know that until an age of 103 Elisabeth Furtwängler continued to be in alert and lively contact with her family and her numerous friends, and that her parting has been brief, with a clear state of mind and full of gratitude.