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BRAHMS: Violin Concerto / WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll (Furtwangler, Comm. Recordings 1940-50, Vol. 6)


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BRAHMS: Violin Concerto / WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll (Furtwangler, Comm. Recordings 1940-50, Vol. 6)

Although Furtwängler’s recorded legacy is extensive, recordings of concertos are relatively few. This 1949 recording of Brahms’ Violin Concerto is notable for the legendary conductor’s highly expressive accompaniment. In the Hungarian Dances Furtwängler’s innate understanding of their idiom brings a variety of subtleties and inflexions that make this recording particularly memorable. In Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture his structural strength of line, together with a natural fluidity of tempo underpinning the thematic imagery, strikes a perfect balance. Last but not least, the heart-warming performance of Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll demonstrates once again that even when Furtwängler conducted the lighter works of those composers whose output could be considered predominantly serious, he always brought the same questing spirit to search out the soul of the music.

Mendelssohn, Felix

  The Hebrides, Op. 26, "Fingal's Cave"
1.   The Hebrides, Op. 26, "Fingal's Cave" 00:10:02

Brahms, Johannes

  21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1, Nos. 1-3
2.   Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G Minor 00:03:07
3.   Hungarian Dance No. 2 in D Minor 00:02:34
4.   Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F Major 00:01:50
  Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
5.   I. Allegro ma non troppo 00:22:07
6.   II. Adagio 00:09:56
7.   III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace 00:08:09

Wagner, Richard

  Siegfried Idyll
8.   Siegfried Idyll 00:17:00

Total Playing Time: 01:14:45

Brahms, Johannes; Mendelssohn, Felix; Wagner, Richard

Furtwängler, Wilhelm

Lucerne Festival Orchestra; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Menuhin, Yehudi

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Concertos; Orchestral

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.110999

Barcode: 0636943199923

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Physical Release: 10/2007

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