Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Hand-Numbered, Limited Edition 180g 4LP Box Set! Only 2000 copies!
Mastered From The Original Mono Tapes At Emil Berliner Studios!
Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 ‘Great’ Based On The 2018 Half-Speed Remastering
A brilliant conductor, ingenious and controversial, whose artistry was deeply rooted in the tradition of Romantic idealism, Wilhelm Furtwängler’s recordings bear witness to an artist capable of revealing fresh insights into even the best-known compositions. His few post-war recordings for Deutsche Grammophon are benchmark interpretations which have assumed cult status in the panoply of legendary recordings on the Yellow Label: Haydn’s Symphony No.88, Schubert’s ‘Great’ C Major Symphony, and Schumann’s Fourth, alongside Furtwängler’s own monumental Second Symphony.
These are collected together in a limited and hand-numbered vinyl edition, mastered to the exacting standards of Emil Berliner Studios. All records have been made from masters of the original tapes as 180g pressings and each comes with its own sleeve modeled on the original record sleeves. As a bonus, the box contains facsimiles of the original recording logs.
Only four recordings were made by star conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler and “his” Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon in the post-war era. All of them were works from the conductor’s core repertoire and recordings that became legendary: Schubert’s “Great” C major Symphony (No. 9), Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, the Haydn Symphony No. 88 and the Maestro’s own Symphony No. 2.
All four recordings, made between 1951 and 1953, bear witness to Furtwängler’s passionate approach to this music and to his conducting peculiarities, such as the famous and incomparable legato bows that distinguished him. Even today, almost seven decades later, the recordings have lost none of their fascination.
Unstoppable momentum and expressive intensity
-praise for Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 ‘Great’ (The Guardian)
From beginning to end it is an incandescent performance, one which should always be available.
-praise for Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 (Gramophone 1978)
Deservedly one of [Furtwängler’s] most famous recordings.
-praise for Haydn’s Symphony No. 88 (The Penguin Guide)
The man who can write a score as rich as [this] is not to be argued about. He is of the race of great musicians.
-praise for Furtwängler’s Symphony No. 2 (Arthur Honegger)
Hand-Numbered, Limited Edition – 2000 Copies
4LP Box Set
Mastered from the Original Tapes at Emil Berliner Studios
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 ‘Great’
Schubert LP Is Based on a 2018 Half-Speed Remastering by Emil Berliner Studios
Schumann: Symphony No. 4
Haydn: Symphony No. 88
Furtwängler: Symphony No. 2
Sleeves Modeled On The Originals
Facsimiles of the Original Recording Logs
Box with lift-off lid
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