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The Legend [Box set]

Wilhelm Furtwängler Audio CD
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Wilhelm Gustav Heinrich Ernst Martin Furtwängler, to give him his full name, was born in Berlin on 25 January 1886. His father was an archaeologist and his mother a painter. Both were cultured and enlightened people who brought up their eldest son in the beliefs of German humanism. When the young Wilhelm showed early signs of exceptional talent they decided to provide him with a private ... Read more in Amazon's Wilhelm Furtwängler Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Jan 2011)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B004CHURQ4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550 (1998 Digital Remaster): I. Molto allegroWilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker 6:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550 (1998 Digital Remaster): II. AndanteWilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker 8:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550 (1998 Digital Remaster): III. Menuetto (Allegretto) & TrioWilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550 (1998 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Allegro assai)Wilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 94 in G, 'Surprise': I. Adagio Vivace assaiWilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker 6:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No. 94 in G, 'Surprise': II. AndanteWilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker 7:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 94 in G, 'Surprise': III. Menuetto (Allegro molto) & TrioWilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker 4:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No. 94 in G, 'Surprise': IV. Allegro di moltoWilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D.759 'Unfinished' (1998 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro moderatoWilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker11:37Album Only
Listen10. Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D.759 'Unfinished' (1998 Digital Remaster): II. Andante con motoWilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker12:18Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Manfred: Overture Op.115Wilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker12:44Album Only
Listen  2. The Hebrides: Overture, Op.26 'Fingal's Cave'Wilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker10:09Album Only
Listen  3. Má Vlast (1994 Digital Remaster): Vltava (The River Moldau)Wiener Philharmoniker/Wilhelm Furtwängler12:44Album Only
Listen  4. Oberon: Overture, J.306Wilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker10:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Rosamunde: Overture, D.644Wilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker10:48Album Only
Listen  6. Rosamunde: Incidental Music, D.797: Entr'acte No. 3 in B FlatWilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rosamunde: Incidental Music, D.797: Ballet No. 2 in G MajorWilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker 5:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Anacréon: Overture (1998 Digital Remaster)Wilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker 9:41£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Alceste: OvertureWilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker 8:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Iphigénie en Aulide: OvertureWilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker10:12Album Only
Listen  3. Der Freischütz: OvertureWilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker10:50Album Only
Listen  4. Euryanthe: Overture, J.291Wilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker 9:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op.28 (1994 Digital Remaster)Wilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker16:23Album Only
Listen  6. Les Préludes, S.97Wilhelm Furtwängler/Wiener Philharmoniker15:39Album Only

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This 3-CD set couples together a selection of some of the more popular classics recorded by the great German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler. Furtwängler was born 125 years ago in 1886 and this birthday tribute comes as a timely reminder of his genius. He was, without doubt, one of the truly great musical interpreters of the 20th century and we are fortunate indeed that he was working at a time when EMI were able to capture on record his work both in the studio and on the concert platform.

All the recordings were made with the Vienna Philharmonic in the late 1940s and early '50s, during the final years of the conductor's career. The first disc in the set contains three popular symphonies by composers who were close to Furtwängler's heart. The other two CDs comprise a selection of well-known shorter works, making this the ideal means by which purchasers can familiarise themselves with the work of this great man of music.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Varied Picture of Furtwangler's Art 17 Oct 2012
By Graham
Format:Audio CD
These recordings were all made with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra between 1950 and 1954, the year of Furtwangler's death. They reveal a side of the great conductor which has been overlooked or perhaps slipped from the memory. We tend to think of him as being almost exclusively a conductor of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner and Wagner, but here he is in Gluck, Cherubini, Liszt, Berlioz and Johann Strauss II. There are also more substantial works by Schubert (a quite wonderful "Unfinished"), Weber (the Overtures to Oberon, Euryanthe and Der Freischutz) and Mendelssohn (Fingal's Cave), as well as his famous recording of Mozart's great G minor symphony (No.40) and a performance of Haydn's "Surprise" symphony, which is without doubt one of the greatest performances of a Haydn symphony ever committed to disc.

The great Haydn scholar Professor H. C. Robbins Landon thought so, and I remember him saying this in a radio broadcast many years ago. This was a talk in the series "Interpretations of Record", which people of certain age will remember fondly. Professor Robbins Landon drew particular attention to the second movement, which, he said, was almost always played too quickly. He said that when this was done the famous flute solo (one of Haydn's countless strokes of genius) goes for nothing. Taken more slowly the beautiful woodwind writing suddenly comes alive and the music gets a chance to breathe. Similary the brass and woodwind in the march-like passage towards the end of this movement make much more effect. The professor played this passage in Furtwangler's recording, introducing it with the words, "And here is Furtwangler, and with him enters dignity and majesty". The playing of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra throughout this great work is very special indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Cases with Furtwankler... 1 May 2013
By Greg M
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A cryptic title simply to mark the (re)discovery of Haydn's 91 symphony (disc 1) in an interpretation which is a definitive if very creative reading of that composer in my humble opinion. The set is worth purchasing for this recording alone.

But there is more.

In more generalised terms, this boxed set offers a motley selection of recordings of Furtwangler and the Vienna Philarmonic, made all the more interesting because there is NO Beethoven NO Wagner and NO Brickner in this set -- i.e. all the usual suspects are absent from the list of composers. Which is marketing's way of attracting our attention -- it did attract mine, at least.

No Beethoven but instead we have Cherubini, Gluck, Weber, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Berlioz (very interesting)... and the crowning glory of this compilation: Mozart 40 and Haydn "Surprise".

The other reviewer has dwelt on the latter, so I will only add that this rendition has unusual tempi, and allowances and creativity with the written script -- all in the manner we would want to have from a great maestro: we want the great maestro to be a magician and, given a script, to create something new. And Furtwangler does so here.

However, the Mozart also merits some special mention: there is seemingly relaxed attitude in this performance recorded at towards the end of the war. Close listening seems to reveal a hidden intensity (the strings crescendo peaks...) that throughout permeates the symphony especially the 1st and last movements. Joviality seems to be replaced by speed and intensity -- an inquisitive look into the composition where the dialogue between violins and strings is more a heated conversation than a relaxed exchange. The third movement has a sense of finality to it and an undertone of tragedy at times. The fourth unleashes energy and strength -- and, speed!

Lots other goodies in that box not only for enthusiasts. Very thoroughly recommended to all!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Furtwangler Fans Rejoice 14 April 2012
By P. H. - Published on
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This collection of performances with the Vienna Philharmonic includes 3 symphonies and 12 symphonic works on 3 CDs. Included is the exceptionally fine performance of the Schubert Symphony #8 (worth the cost by itself) and a nice selection of other works. The sound is good to outstanding for the time the recordings were made; the performances are typical Furtwangler . . . thoughtful, insightful, and often profound. During the last years of his life, Furtwangler recorded a large number of works for RCA's HMV series in England with some of the very best sonics his recordings received; still the sound is variable so 5-stars for performance, 3-stars for sound. As memory serves, all of the performances included in this collection are from that HMV series. If you know Furtwangler's work, you know what to expect from the interpretations. If you are not familiar with the work of this great and unjustly maligned conductor, some of the interpretations will sound quite different from what you hear from others. A bargain at the asking price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent 11 Feb 2014
By Thomas M. Lane - Published on
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Maybe the finest performance of Schubert's "Unfinished" I've ever heard. surprisingly good, full sound. Wonderful stuff not to be missed. Some pieces I won't be listening to again, but others, over & over.
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