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.


sym_9dop125 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.

sym_5cop67 Beethoven: Symphony No 5 in C Minor op. 67
Wiener Philharmoniker
Wilhelm Furtwängler
Warner Classics 190295 895723
1 LP

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The German Wilhelm-Furtwängler-Gesellschaft (WFG) was founded in 1976 in Berlin: Its aim is to preserve the artistic accomplishments of the conductor, composer and author Wilhelm Furtwängler. The Furtwängler-Society organises concerts, lectures and other programmes, it releases selected and outstanding recordings by Furtwängler, it promotes the valorisation of the artist’s estate, as well as the co-operation with similar institutions which pursue identical goals in Germany and abroad.


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