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You really owe it to yourself to hear them - they are among the richest musical experiences you will ever encounter.
Beethoven's 9th Symphony has always been my favorite of the all of his works and this recording is by far the most incredible I have heard for several reasons.
Furtwängler also makes extensive (I would say excessive) use of rubatos where Beethoven made no such indication.
I was stunned by Beethoven's Ninth from my first hearing. For me it is always been moving, exultant, ascending, piece of great beauty. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Duncanson
This scrappy performance was given on the occasion of the reopening of the Bayreuth Festival after the war in 1951. Perhaps Herr F. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ronald Haak
People have already written some good comments about this. I'm really only adding because I hate to see so many 5s on a considerably less-than-enjoyable recording of Beethoven's... Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by JStuart
I know many people will be angry with me for saying anything less than apotheosizing about this recording, but I will say it anyway. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by Elvis Beniamin Costea
This does not do what it says on the tin! This is not the famous and magnificent performance from Bayreuth in 1951, merely a taping of the dress rehearsal! Read morePublished on April 4, 2010 by Please hold the line while we try to connect you... the number you are calling knows you are waiting.
Upon reading that the EMI version of Furtwangler's Bayreuth Beethoven 9th was not entirely the actual live audience performance, I bought the Orfeo offering of the actual... Read morePublished on October 15, 2009 by Michael A. Dosey
This CD is no longer recommended because the recent revelations about its being a "reconstructed" version of Furtwangler's Bayreuth concert. Read morePublished on July 16, 2009 by Archaeologist
Sadly, this famous much-reviewed, much-cherished performance has been revealed to be patched together from REHEARSALS for the live event. Read morePublished on June 20, 2009 by B. Stockwell
THis is an OK CD. In all movements, the recording mics were poorly placed. I found the sound very general in both nstruments and voices. Nothing clear and strong. Read morePublished on April 1, 2009 by CGonz