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Furtwängler Conducts Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 Box set


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Disc 1:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 4 in E flat major, WAB 104, "Romantic" (1888 version, rev. F. Loewe, ed. A. Gutmann): I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnellVienna Philharmonic Orchestra17:43Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 4 in E flat major, WAB 104, "Romantic" (1888 version, rev. F. Loewe, ed. A. Gutmann): II. Andante quasi allegrettoVienna Philharmonic Orchestra18:14Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 4 in E flat major, WAB 104, "Romantic" (1888 version, rev. F. Loewe, ed. A. Gutmann): III. Scherzo: BewegtVienna Philharmonic Orchestra10:34Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 4 in E flat major, WAB 104, "Romantic" (1888 version, rev. F. Loewe, ed. A. Gutmann): IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnellVienna Philharmonic Orchestra19:21Album Only


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, WAB 105: I. Adagio - AllegroBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra19:12Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, WAB 105: II. AdagioBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra15:42Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, WAB 105: III. Scherzo: Molto vivaceBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra12:01Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, WAB 105: IV. Finale: Adagio - Allegro moderatoBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra21:51Album Only


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107 (modified 1885 version, ed. A. Gutmann): I. Allegro molto vivaceBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra19:21Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107 (modified 1885 version, ed. A. Gutmann): II. Adagio: sehr feierlich und sehr langsamBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra22:17Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107 (modified 1885 version, ed. A. Gutmann): III. Scherzo: sehr schnellBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra 9:48Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107 (modified 1885 version, ed. A. Gutmann): IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht schnellBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra11:55Album Only
listen  5. Symphony No. 6 in A major, WAB 106 (ed. R. Haas): II. Adagio: sehr feierlichBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra16:25Album Only


Disc 4:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 6 in A major, WAB 106 (ed. R. Haas): III. Scherzo: Nicht schnell - Trio: LangsamBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra 7:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Symphony No. 6 in A major, WAB 106 (ed. R. Haas): IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnellBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra12:38Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 9 in D minor, WAB 109 (original 1894 version, ed. A. Orel): I. Feierlich, misteriosoBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra23:40Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 9 in D minor, WAB 109 (original 1894 version, ed. A. Orel): II. Scherzo: Bewegt; lebhaft - Trio: Schnell, Scherzo da capoBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra 9:30Album Only
listen  5. Symphony No. 9 in D minor, WAB 109 (original 1894 version, ed. A. Orel): III. Adagio: Langsam, feierlichBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra25:35Album Only


Disc 5:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 8 in C minor, WAB 108 (ed. W. Furtwangler): I. Allegro moderatoVienna Philharmonic Orchestra15:35Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 8 in C minor, WAB 108 (ed. W. Furtwangler): II. Scherzo. Allegro moderatoVienna Philharmonic Orchestra14:25Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 8 in C minor, WAB 108 (ed. W. Furtwangler): III. Adagio: Sehr feierlich, langsam, doch nicht schleppendVienna Philharmonic Orchestra26:03Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 8 in C minor, WAB 108 (ed. W. Furtwangler): IV. Finale: Feierlich, nicht schnellVienna Philharmonic Orchestra23:05Album Only


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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Composer: Anton Bruckner
  • Audio CD (February 5, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Music & Arts Programs
  • ASIN: B0012XIGZU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Symphony 4-Gutmann Edition, Vienna Philharmonie Symphony5-Haas Edition,Berlin Philharmonic Symphony 6-Haas Edition,Berlin Philharmonic Symphony 7-Gutman Edition, Berlin Philharmonic Symphony 8-Haas Edition-Vienna Philharmonic Symphony 9-Orel Edition-Berlin Philharmonic Remastered in 2008, with harmonic balancing technique-Aaron Z. Snyder

Customer Reviews

Music & Arts newly remastered sound is quite good.
J. Grant
Anyone that loves the symphonies of Anton Bruckner should own this box and compare Furtwangler's way with their favorite conductors.
Larry VanDeSande
If you want to know what is going on in these performances, you must listen to these discs!
Robert A. Alps

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Larry VanDeSande VINE VOICE on July 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Any Bruckner acolyte is eventually going to get around to the recordings of Wilhelm Furtwangler (1886-1954), who conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in the prewar era, then returned after denazification to resume his career until his death. He was one of the preeminent conductors of his day and, with Toscanini, would probably be the greatest of the departed conductors few, if any, alive today saw perform in person.

Furtwangler was known for his Bruckner and the hypnotic effect he is said to have had over audiences, although not much of that comes through on these finely-wrought remasterings of recordings that range in age from 1944-51. I've heard this quality in other recordings, where Furtwangler seems to suspend time. If you can find a copy of Furtwangler conducting Mahler's "Wayfarer" lieder with baritone Alfred Poell singing, you'll get an idea of what I mean, as the audience holds rapt attention while the orchestra dies away during the finale of "Die zwei blauen Augen von meinen Schotz" (translates to "The blue eyes of my darling.")

Furtwangler's conducting style was, by his own admission, supposed to evoke nature. He thought music was a force of nature and that one grew from the other. Compared to the way authenticists conduct Bruckner's monolithic works these days -- often with a stiff baton, a martial rhythm and little if any flexibility in tempo -- Furtwangler was by turn a mercurial mad scientist, often fiddling with tempo in ways people would be horrified to attempt today. You hear him churn up tempo more often in these works than you hear him slow down to a crawl, something I expected from the conductor when I only knew him by reputation.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Alps on October 6, 2009
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I have collected and listened to Furtwangler recordings for over 35 years. Furtwangler's only recording of Bruckner Symphony 9 is included in this set. I owned a copy of it on a Heliodor LP and I have three CD copies, all DG. Yet hearing it on this CD was like hearing it for the first time. I have several CD's from Pristine Audio which has been the source of historical recordings remastered using the "harmonic balancing" technique, and I have always found them to sound good. These Furtwangler Bruckner recordings have made the biggest impression on me. Listening to the ending of the Bruckner Symphony 9, I felt for the first time that I understood what Furtwangler was doing and I found that I liked it more than I ever had in the past. There is a clearer sense of a hushed ending, not just quiet. And the final three plucked notes come across so clearly. I am amazed at what I can hear now. The endings of the 4th and 8th are revelatory. I hear things I never heard before. The sound quality in the 5th and 7th is amazing also. If you want to know what is going on in these performances, you must listen to these discs! Regarding the 8th, this recording is from 1944. There are two recordings from March 14/15 1949. A fine transfer of the RIAS recording (03/15/49) has just appeared in an Audite boxed set of Furtwangler RIAS recordingsEdition Wilhelm Furtwängler - The Complete RIAS Recordings. The other 8th (03/14/49) is available from Japan EMI in a nice 24-bit remastering.

Added November 1, 2010. I have just acquired a new recording of the Furtwangler Bruckner 9 from Pristine Audio ([...]) in France.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J. Grant on May 17, 2008
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No matter how many great Bruckner recordings you own, you owe it to yourself to listen to these performances. Nobody conducted Bruckner like Furtwangler because....well they couldn't. The power, excitement and tension he brings to these symphonies is unparalleled. It's very unfortunate that the first movement of No. 6 has been lost, or that would be a sure first choice. As it stands, the 8th is probably the best ever recorded (although his own 1949 & 1954 versions are just as good, with the 54 sounding best[Opus Kura]), while 5, 7 and 9 are anybody's equal, if not superior, though the pace of No.9 may not appeal to all tastes (it's my favorite #9 along with Walter). No.4 is good, but not quite in the same category as the others. Music & Arts newly remastered sound is quite good. If you like Bruckner or Furtwangler, you will love this set.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By New Cosmos International Management Group on November 6, 2011
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Since many-many years I am a 'freak' of Anton Bruckner. In an early childhood, we were blessed with golden performances of the Flanders Music Festival in my native city of Ghent. I am talking about the early, very early seventies here, when guys like, Boehm, Karajan, and Jochum were still around. I heard all the than available Bruckner symphonies performed in the St Baafs Cathedral of my native city. Sometimes Wiener Philharmoniker (with the young Abbado or Jochum) and also Concertgebouw with Haitink. Some years ago I came across some re-release of Furtwängler who conducted Bruckner symphonies. I was immediately struck by its enormous zest and power. Especially the adagios that I used (and still use!) listen in "ecstatic piety" with Herbert von Karajan. Some weeks ago I got the 'Music & Arts' compilation of the Buckner's 4-5-6-7-8-9 by Furtwängler.
Here comes a brief but profound overlooking of my impressions:

1. Symphony nr.IV. It happens nowadays rarely, really rare... that I am moved to tears. I can tell here..: I listened already three times to this 1951 recording. Every time in the 'adagio' (which is Andante quasi allegretto, here) I was unable to fight back my tears. The Scherzo is pure transcending... And the Finale is one of the greatest performances of Bruckner ever heard in my life. Including those legendary ones back in St Baafs Cathedral.

2. Symphony nr. V. I owned already an Archipel recording of it. It is one of my favorite Buckner symphonies and I have the conductors score, which I love to follow. Of course the Adagio is unsurpassed ever, by any other conductor than Furtwängler; to my knowledge. Maybe I miss a bit the "Karajan pizzicatos" in first and last movements. The scherzo is as vivid as you can imagine.
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