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WHAT LIFE COULD MEAN TO YOU (Timeless Wisdom Collection Book 196)
WHAT LIFE COULD MEAN TO YOU (Timeless Wisdom Collection Book 196)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential introduction to a now underrated great of psychology., 11 Oct. 2014
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When I began reading books on psychology, I heard someone refer to Freud, Jung and Adler as the "founders of modern psychology." This is perhaps an exaggeration. All three might be more accurately described as being associated with the branch of psychology we now call psychotherapy. Yet occasionally the phrase still rears its head. Of the three, in recent years we perhaps still hear most of Freud, either reviled or revered, while Jung, if his ideas are sometimes resisted by academia, still has a presence on shelves in bookshops. Adler it would appear has fallen into neglect. Indeed, or the three, I have read much of the "others" because of their availability. This is therefore my first Adler.

A comparison of what they discuss might be appropriate. Crudely, and oversimplifying all, Freud might be considered a thinker on early life development and sexuality, Jung's main contributions are towards later life, and spirituality, Adler occupies the area between of sociability and education. This book offers what reads as a popularization of Adler's thought with essays on mind and body, school and family influences, relationships as well the inferiority complex which was the idea he based his psychology on.

All in all the essays are well written with a refreshing down to earth attitude. Freud and Jung sometimes make you aware of their colossal intellects. Adler never seems to be talking down. He reads in this book, in some ways, like a wise and friendly elder. There are perhaps some stylistic phrases, and attitudes, which seem dated, but on the whole he is a writer who is easy to warm to. This book is full of sensible and even wise advice about how to live. He had a holistic outlook seeing human lives and being in the presence of the planet, other people and our own bodies. This book shows he had insight into all realms.

At this price, the book is a bargain. My one complaint is some typos are in the text, some of which are irritating. Hence, four stars instead of five. The text is worthy of that.

Auerbach -  Preludes and Dreams
Auerbach - Preludes and Dreams
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inheritor to a virtuoso tradition with vision and individuality., 6 Oct. 2014
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Composer and pianist. She is also a poet and aphorist, thought some of those works don't appear yet to have been translated form her native Russian to English, Lera Auerbach is an inheritor to a virtuoso tradition that might include the likes of Liszt and Rachmaninov. To judge from the recordings here, she has a formidable technique. I would be interested to hear her perform some of the sonatas and concerti in the standard piano repertoire.

But what we have here are her compositions. Preludes, dreams are words one associates with the romantic era. The compositions here are reminiscent of that, though at times there are the suggestions of things learned perhaps from say Bartok with the piano played percussively. But Ms Auerbach also does lyrical. Indeed in the introduction she says she is more interested in writing her own pieces, like Mahler, and being individual. In her compositions, to judge from what is on display here, she succeeds. I look forward to hearing more by this composer, and am already fascinated to know what she might do in the future. This is an impressive introduction to a composer pianist who shows considerable vision and individuality.

Carl Jung (Critical Lives)
Carl Jung (Critical Lives)
by Paul Bishop
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Intermediate Guide to Jung, his Life and Thinking., 6 Oct. 2014
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This was my first full experience of the writing of Paul Bishop. I've been aware of his work that centres around Jung and the Germanic tradition (see Reading Goethe at Midlife (Zurich Lectures Series in Analytical Psychology)) that includes Goethe and Nietzsche, and have been meaning to read. This struck me as a good point to start. My other reason is to find out what some scholars are making of Jung since the publication of The Red Book: Liber Novus (Philemon).

What we get here is an introductory critical biography of Jung, concentrating especially on his early life, and formative experiences. How he was an inheritor to the German philosophical and spiritual tradition in a line that Bishop draws from Goethe via Nietzsche, through Freud to the subject of the book . Bishop also examines Jung's interest in alchemy and esoterica as well as some of resistances to the latter's thinking. There is also some discussion of Jung's theological thinking and his work with the Quantum physicist Wolfgang Pauli on synchronicity.

All in all Bishop weaves a compelling if sometimes complex narrative, which Jungians will find fascinating. The book is crammed with plenty of references to follow up, with some wonderful photographs in the text, and an excellent bibliography. However, there are two caveats. First no index, which might have been useful to refer back to. Secondly, this is perhaps not a beginner's book.

As a beginners guide to Jung's thinking, I would suggest looking elsewhere, say Frieda Fordham's An Introduction to Jung's Psychology (Penguin psychology) or Anthony Stevens's Jung: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) which provide excellent orientation through Jung's psychological thinking. From the man himself good places to start include Memories, Dreams, Reflections and Modern Man in Search of a Soul (Routledge Classics). This book, however will serve well those of us already with some orientation to Jung's work, and pointers as where to follow things up. It will also help readers to update on some of the newer thinking coming from Sonu Shamdasani and the publication of The Red Book. All in all this is an excellent up to date intermediate guide to Jung, his life and thinking.

Metamorphoses: A New Verse Translation (Penguin Classics)
Metamorphoses: A New Verse Translation (Penguin Classics)
by Ovid
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Modern Ovid, 19 Sept. 2014
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Ovid's Metamorphoses is one of the most influential books ever written. One can see the influence of it in literature through Montaigne's The Complete Essays, where it is often quoted, via Shakespeare and Dante, right down to Pound and Ted Hughes. Painters from Titian to Salvador Dali have also drawn on the stories in this book. My own introduction to it came initially from retellings and variations of stories by modern poets in After Ovid: New Metamorphoses which lead Ted Hughes, a contributor, to do a generous selection of his own versions in Tales from Ovid: Twenty-four Passages from the "Metamorphoses". That last volume remains one of my favourite Hughes, and I treasure a memory of hearing him read some of his versions with a voice that seemed to reach back across time to Ovid and into the myths.

All this led me to explore the full text for myself. My first incursion, not having enough Latin, was with a Penguin Classics prose translation (Metamorphoses (Penguin Classics)) which still makes for a good read. Like a number classic works such as the epics Homer and Virgil, the Metamorphoses works well in prose. Here is the source, or in some cases a retelling, of many myths that have reappeared over the years from before even Roman times to present day sometimes reappearing more recently for us in film, or on television. It is a collection of folk stories, creation myths, and even in small ways of history (though that is mythologised) as much as a continuous poetic narrative. The one common feature of each story is that it involves some form of transformation, hence the title.

Being inclined towards poetry, I wanted to read this book in verse. There is a classic version in English, which Penguin Classics publish, by Arthur Golding (See (Metamorphoses (Penguin Classics)). The main drawback of this is that it's in Elizabethan English which we may be familiar with from Shakespeare and Marlowe. But beautiful though that is, it's not always as immediately approachable as the modern English of Hughes. However, much as I love that, it does not have all the stories. Sometimes he also intentionally used poetic licence and added modern allusions in the text, hence his versions should be taken as Hughes rather than literal translations, though they honour Ovid's spirit magnificently.

This outstanding translation will serve to bring readers closer to the words of the original. The translator, David Raeburn, has clearly also learned from Hughes. The text also reads well as narrative. Hence, from my point of view, it is the version of Ovid to have, even above the prose version. Not just because Ovid was a poet. In a certain ways this book can be used as an encyclopaedia of Greek and Roman myths. There are wonderful notes at the back to explain various references as the long poem unfolds, plus a comprehensive Glossary-Index which is helpful if one wants to find various stories and characters in Ovid's narrative when not reading the book as a whole. Readers unfamiliar to poetry will have no difficulty following the narrative line here. But in verse there is more space on the page which makes it easier to find things in the text, whilst in the prose version sometimes the details are lost in the density of paragraphs.

All in all, a marvellous Ovid which nobody should be without, though I still also love the Hughes. Here I revel in being poly-amorous, and enjoy both. This translation is probably as close as anything can be to get to Ovid's original words in modern English.
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Windows on Eternity: The Paintings of Peter Birkhauser
Windows on Eternity: The Paintings of Peter Birkhauser
by Eva Wertenschlag-Birkhauser
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5.0 out of 5 stars At Trees of Light, 4 Sept. 2014
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When I showed a friend some of the paintings by Swiss artist Peter Birkhauser, he was impressed, saying "It's as if Jung met William Blake." At that moment he didn't know that Birkhauser was personally acquainted with Jung. Indeed the great psychologist had one of Birkhauser's paintings in his library which us reproduced in this book.

I suspect the artist's work may be largely unfamiliar to English readers. I haven't been able to trace any of them in galleries, or exhibitions of them, outside Switzerland. Most of the ones I have seen is in plates in books of Jungian psychology, or on the covers. This is a shame. To judge from the wonderful plates in this book: they are something special. Birkhauser began his life as a graphic designer, and was a photographer. Some of this shows in the paintings which are the glory of this beautifully prepared volume. There is a range of subject matter, from a detailed drawing of a moth which would not be out of place in a scientific textbook, to a portrait of his wife, an allegorical portrait of a man with a split face, grotesques, allegories and animals such as cats and reptiles. There are also visionary images in paintings like "Bear at the Tree of Lights" and "Anima with a Crown of Light." Some of these can be found using a Google search. One of the features of his work is his combination of reality (objects, like cars and aeroplanes) together with the allegory and abstract combined on the same canvases. The pictures often explode with deep, sensual colours that is refreshing to look at and well as profoundly moving.

The book has been prepared by Birkhauser's daughter who is Jungian analyst. She provides a chronological commentary on the many paintings in the book, together with accounts of dreams that inspired them. This inevitably is tempered with interpretations in this light. The sequence of works are explored as being indicative of Birkhauser's individuation process in therapy. Jungians will probably note that there are interesting parallels to the main commentary in this book and an essay by Jung himself on the Individuation process in The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (Collected Works of C. G. Jung). Thus this book will be of interest for therapists as a study of how images develop in a therapeutic context, though the work reproduced here is probably of a higher artistic quality than usual.

The paintings, however, transcend their therapeutic value and are wonderful art with high aesthetic value. Of additional interest is also an essay on Birkhauser and a valediction by his analyst Marie-Louise von Franz. There is also a biography of the artist, that fills in details together with a list of exhibitions his paintings have appeared in. All the writings in this volume are worth reading, if at times they can be heavy with references as is sometimes the case with Jungian writings. But it is the paintings that are the main glory here. Birkhauser deserves to be known more widely. I will be returning to them again and again, because for me there is something inspiring and powerful about them. They are more than worth the price of the book alone.

The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem
The Parliament of Poets: An Epic Poem
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Search of Global Poetic Vision, 14 Aug. 2014
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Before reading this epic poem, I was unfamiliar with Frederick Glasher's work, yet a look in the catalogue shows he has a substantial body of work behind him. What attracted me was the ambition in this work, which attempts to look at what poetic traditions, ancient and modern might have to offer to a world which perhaps has lost touch with its spiritual and ecological centre of gravity.

The poem is described as epic suggestive of ambition. Mention epic poetry and chances are most would think of the likes of Homer, or Virgil or the Ramayana from which the Bhagavad Gita comes. In many ways it goes against the way many twentieth century poets have written, though there have been longer poems that have epic qualities, for example Odysseus Elytis's The Axion Esti, or Derek Walcott's Omeros by Walcott, Derek ( Author ) ON Jan-03-1998, Paperback. But possibly even the ambition of these is dwarfed by what is attempted here.

The writer of Parliament of Poets, Frederick Glaysher is obviously aware of this as he states in his introduction to his long poem. He names his poetic models as Farid Attar's and Chaucer, themselves mighty predecessors. Attar's poem The Conference of the Birds (Classics) is a spiritual odyssey, while the Chaucer poem is unknown to me, but I will be seeking it out after reading this. This is part of Glasher's plan because he is attempting to unify lessons from many traditions, eastern and western, and there are references to many poets from English language ones to ones from places a diverse as China, India, Mexico and Poland, as well as many times. This is an attempt to fuse a truly global vision drawing on many poetic traditions.

To create this in the narrative of the poem there is a gathering on the site of the first moon landing of huge number of poets under the auspices of the god Apollo, who was a patron of poetry. The Persona, who is the narrator, and perhaps the writer's alter to go on a journey of self discovery, learning to discover about himself and his poetic mission. The term poet is used more broadly than as is usual in English (in some languages for example "writer" includes both prose and verse authors). We therefore meet Miguel de Cervantes who was strictly a prose writer, as well a Jane Austin, similarly Black Elk to my knowledge did not to my knowledge write poetry. There are also mythic figures and visionaries, and through the poem we meet them, some of them now endowed with magical powers, for example the Mexican poet Octavio Paz now has shape-shifting powers.

Knowing who some of these figures are, though they are explained in the text may be the biggest problem some readers have here. But this need not be too big a difficulty, because for all the erudition on show here, Glasher is a lucid writer and the narrative is by and large direct rather than hermetic and allusive which puts some readers off modern poetry. The poem takes the reader on a journey through the world, from east to west. The choice of poets as guide is intriguing, especially the one that is perhaps most personal to him, namely Robert Haydn who appears to have been one of Glasher's poetic mentors. But this personalising of the quest itself gives this epic a personal aspect, grounding it in his experience. For those poets I haven't read, I will be looking them up.

This is a highly stimulating read. The range of reading on display is impressive. It is refreshing to see poetry with a mission, and a suggested role in the modern world. This work is an impressive intellectual as well as visionary feat as well as being poetic. It will certainly be of interest to those of a philosophical, poetic and visionary frame of mind. How far Glasher succeeds in his ambition, I will leave to readers. My one problem was reading this in a Kindle version, which plays a little with the lines, and makes it less easy to flip between pages and cross reference. I will be getting a book version of this work. There is much to ponder on here as well as to relish.

C.G. Jung: Wisdom of the Dream - 3-Part Series [DVD] [1989] [All Regions] [US Import] [NTSC]
C.G. Jung: Wisdom of the Dream - 3-Part Series [DVD] [1989] [All Regions] [US Import] [NTSC]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entering the dream, meeting the dreamers, 6 Aug. 2014
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This DVD consists of three one hour films that I remember being broadcast on Channel 4 in 1989. There have not, to my knowledge, been many documentaries about Jung since then on mainstream television. There was also a book consisting of much of the material on display here, and even extending it (see Jung - The Wisdom of the Dream: C.G.Jung and His Work in the World). The films here are very well constructed even if the colours look less true on a modern TV, and some images emerge as slightly more fuzzy on a larger, more modern, HD screen, but this is not beyond tolerance.

The films consist of a survey of Jung's work and influence including his ideas on dreams, introvert/extrovert types, the archetypes and the collective unconscious, for which he is, perhaps, best known. But people familiar with these ideas may be surprised to find out (as I certainly was) that some of his early work and experiments on word association were also important in the development of the polygraph, better known as the "lie detector." As one of the people interviewed here, the distinguished therapist Andrew Samuels, points out sometimes Jung is better known to many as a guru rather than as a psychiatrist. The films move into this area with additional interviews with theologians, scientists, scholars as well as therapists. Of extra interest is more information on the Native American, Mountain Lake who Jung befriended and then corresponded with after a trip to America.

There are interviews with many of Jung's collaborators including Marie-Louise von Franz and his secretary, Aniela Jaffe, which proved timely as both died not long after the films were broadcast. There are also interviews with famous Jungians such as Robert A Johnson, Edward Edinger and James Hillman. The last of these especially has developed a reputation in his own right. These proved very fruitful pickings to me also. At the time, I had read a fair amount of Jung's works, but not as much from post-Jungians. The films do discuss some of their ideas too. Then there are extracts from an long filmed interview with Jung. There we hear in accented, but fluent, English the man speak for himself. In some ways this strikes me having a French than Germanic twang, but then Jung was Swiss. This gives an even greater sense of the man's presence, as do silent film of him socialising and on his travels into Africa, as well as more modern photos of the tower he built Bollingen.

Of course Jung studies have moved on since these films were made. The publication of The Red Book: Liber Novus (Philemon) is bringing about new ways of looking at Jung, as is the work of its editor Sonu Shamdasani. We know know more about Jung's personal life. These are inevitably not discussed here. But there is still much richness here. They are an excellent introduction to Jung's work and the basic ideas that he is still best known for and how they are applied. These films and the book, like Jung's work, opened up of so many things for me, provided avenues of thought to pursue. I often return to them Highly recommended.

by Roselle Angwin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Metaphysical Washing Across My Skin, 5 July 2014
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This review is from: Bardo (Paperback)
I had to remind myself what the word "Bardo" means when looking at this collection. One of the definitions offered was an "in-between state." Whilst the definition has other implications also, it struck me as a useful place to begin when looking at the poems in this collection. Many seem to speak from a special kind of consciousness embraces material, metaphysical, and whatever lies between them.

The final poem in this collection, "The white noise of the universe" perhaps illustrates this perfectly. In essence, it is a poem that sees "the universe in a grain of said" with imaginative leaps that links stars, atoms, glow-worms, horses, plants and a poet's words. A wonderful mix of flight and touching the ground. It is this combination that makes this poem so effective to me. And it is refreshing.

In a recent public newspaper report, broadcaster Jeremy Paxman suggested contemporary poets don't write about the ordinary. My own experience is the opposite. A lot of contemporary poetry is about the ordinary- supermarkets, strikes, refrigerators etc. There is dignity in this approach. I know wonderful poems in this vein. But equally on some poetry workshops, it sometimes feels as if this is hammered in too much, because metaphysical experiences are as much about being human as the material. Like Roselle Angwin states in one of the poems here:

"I want to slip through the crack
between this world
and the other

In those lines I get a the feeling of the metaphysical impregnated by the physical senses, and also the metaphysical washing across my skin. The poems here are very much grounded in the senses, Animals, trees, rain, are all present. So is much folklore, science (especially Quantum physics) as well as stone circles with their minimalistic strangeness and spiritual retreats. At this point it is perhaps worth mentioning that Angwin has studied Zen, and this comes through even on the page itself.

Many poems here are prose poems, though there are others that are set out in stanzas. There are linked series miniatures. Yet these forms are sometimes deliberately circumvented. In others the arrangement on the page has clearly been careful thought out to give a sense of transparency in the thoughts, rather like in poems by Mexican poet, Octavio Paz (who provides the title for one of Angwin's) in his stream of "conscious mode. There is also evidence of influence of American poets Jane Hirshfield and Gary Snyder, themselves students of Zen Buddhism. Angwin's lines especially show the influence of Snyder. There is the same ethereal clarity, the same play of formless-form in the words, but the allusions to English countryside, pagan folklore and the cycles of nature are very much her own, as is the continuum of senses and spirit she portrays. And more.

I do occasional meditations, and can attest to the need to ground myself after them. One of the best ways to do this is to walk in natural this state, I become very aware of the world around me. In the Bardo, as I described above. If walking in a wood I become aware of the trees, leaves, flowers, as well as the sensations in my body, feet on ground, breaths as well as my thoughts. It feels very alive. It this kind of state that Roselle Angwin conveys these poems. And it is something unique. When I read her words I experience this state again.

The Meaning
The Meaning
by Steve Taylor
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5.0 out of 5 stars Covering two fault-lines, 26 Jun. 2014
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Commenting on this I am conscious of being on two fault lines that this book straddles in me. I am training in transpersonal psychology to become a therapist, and also someone who frequents poetry circles. Transpersonal psychology is also where Steve Taylor comes from, and it is a psychology that includes (but is not exclusively about) spiritual and numinous experience. This book explores in various ways how they relate.

There is nothing new in psychologists exploring this area of experience. Jungian, James Hillman spoke of the "poetic basis of mind." Psychologists like Virginia Satir, Fritz Perls and RD Laing wrote poetry. Jung's The Red Book: A Reader's Edition (Philemon), journals of his dialogues with inner figures can also be read as poetic and visionary writings. Poets like Peter Redgrove, a poet less known outside poetry circles perhaps because he is considered "difficult," have been psychotherapists. American Robert Bly has written books with a Jungian element as well as editing an anthology of spiritual poems, Soul is Here for it'S Own Joy. What Steve Taylor offers here is a commentary on the place of spiritual experience in poetry. He does this in an essay at the end of the book. It's this I'll first turn to, then look at the poems.

Not all great poets necessarily have written about spiritual experience. But some very great ones have, and Taylor mentions a number of these here including Rumi, Blake, Whitman, DH Lawrence and Ted Hughes. My one complaint -though perhaps in the end this says more about me- is that he does not looks at ones outside the English Language traditions, some of which can be found in the Bly volume cited above. Also there are not many contemporary poets mentioned apart from the American Mary Oliver. I would have like to have heard mention of the likes of Gary Snyder, Jane Hirshfield, Bly himself who are also very approachable. One might also mention Don Paterson here and even the sainted Seamus Heaney. But there, the quality does count, for example Taylor mentions that the mystical element is something that is sometimes missing in appreciation of Lawrence. All in all this essay adds toward a definition, as far as possible, as to what visionary poetry is.

Now we come to to the poems. Taylor modestly states his works are not on the same level as the models he mentions. Few of us are! As a literary man, myself, I was interested to look at these from that viewpoint. At workshops and on courses, I have experienced poems being read from the likes of Oriah Mountain Dreamer in for example The Invitation which encourage participants to open themselves up. There have also been poems with impeccable literary credentials, Cavafy's "Ithica" being an example. All these show how such boundaries are artificial, and how they as much defined by taste as any value.

There are poems in this this selection that would fit into the category and be useful on a personal development worshop, the title one being a good example. The problem with such verses can be that in the attempt to go for the transcendental, and inspirational, the writers get ungrounded. I've sometimes listened to such poems droning on about the "infinite, ineffable, unknown" that are tedious. None of these does that. They are grounded in everyday experience. One of the things as a literary man I take pleasure from, in these poems, is also the language, beautifully honed to convey the experiences described. They have been endorsed by a literary academic also. Rightly so. Transpersonal psychology is not just about the transcendent, it is also about the ground. This is true also for poetry. They are both means to link each with the other where our lives play out. These poems do that for me. I have been carrying them around for weeks together with those of recognised poets. Plenty poets, and poetry lovers, could learn from here. But like all art, they should also be enjoyed in their own right.

Beethoven - Symphony No 5; Wagner - Parsifal Prelude and Good Friday Spell
Beethoven - Symphony No 5; Wagner - Parsifal Prelude and Good Friday Spell
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only want one CD by this conductor..., 22 Jun. 2014
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The great German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler was a conducting legend who some might claim as the greatest of all. His discography is one of the richest in the catalogue. Symphonies, concerti, operas, there are many that remain essential in the catalogue. But where to start? Or what single disk would one recommend to a collector wanting this for a collection. This disk might just be that. But it has something for the connoisseur also.

I will come to the main item in a moment, But the brief Symphonic Concerto here is unique in that it is one of Furtwangler's own compositions. A charming reflective late Romantic piece played by the legendary Edwin Fischer. Fischer was a pianist like Schnabel steeped in the German tradition, but if the latter was more intellectual, the former was perhaps more inspirational. In fact rather like the conductor himself, and this shows aspects of him less frequently on show.

As a Wagner conductor, Furtwangler, in my view, has no equal. Fortunately, we have a number of examples of this in complete operas. The legendary Tristan Und Isolde (Furtwangler, Philharmonia Orchestra), two versions of the Ring, and a Meistersinger. Alas, there is no complete Parsifal, which as the notes observe, is a work that was suited to the incandescence he was able to draw out of the orchestra. The two pieces, the Prelude and Good Friday Music on show here suggest this would have been a special experience. The Prelude has never sounded so numinous and spiritual.

Of course, the main attraction is the Beethoven 5, a work we think we know well. Furtwangler was also one of the greatest conductors of Beethoven also. This recording is conducted at a faster pace than his later recording with the Vienna Philharmonic. The Berlin Philharmonic sound has an astringency, and the music paced, well. In a BBC CD Review this recording was the historic recording recommended. (In many ways it equals their main modern recommendation, namely Carlos Kleiber's Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7). The famous victory opening has rarely sounded grander. The slow movement dances, and the final movements sweep through to fittingly dramatic climax. I was left feeling elevated

Of course there is a disadvantage in the recording with this performance being from the nineteen thirties. But the performances more than compensate for that. One gets a good sense of the balancing in the orchestra which is subtle and muscular. All in all a great tribute to this greatest of conductors. Good value also. If you only want one CD by this conductor for a collection, this just might be it, though that would be an act of self-denial, if only satisfied with one.

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