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BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 2 / BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 7: II. Adagio (Furtwangler, Commercial Recordings 1940-50, Vol. 7)

    

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BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 2 / BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 7: II. Adagio (Furtwangler, Commercial Recordings 1940-50, Vol. 7)

If the most notable trait of this 1948 recording of Brahms’ Second Symphony, Furtwängler’s only commercial recording of the work, is the extreme variance of tempo, the composer’s characteristically restless contrast of dynamism and lyricism is nevertheless placed firmly within a framework of the clearest realisation of form and symphonic development. The orchestra is audibly galvanised by Furtwängler’s interpretative flexibility, which courses at white heat throughout the work. Another considerable asset is the recording quality achieved by the engineers in one of the most sought-after venues for orchestral music in England, Kingsway Hall in London. The wartime Telefunken recording of the second movement of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony is also Furtwängler’s only commercial recording of the composer’s music.


Brahms, Johannes

  Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
1.   I. Allegro non troppo 00:15:18
2.   II. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso 00:10:56
3.   III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assai 00:06:03
4.   IV. Allegro con spirito 00:09:01

Bruckner, Anton

  Symphony No. 7 in E Major, WAB 107: II. Adagio (modified 1885 version, ed. A. Gutmann)
5.   Symphony No. 7 in E Major, WAB 107: II. Adagio (modified 1885 version, ed. A. Gutmann) 00:22:58

Total Playing Time: 01:04:16






Composer(s):
Brahms, Johannes; Bruckner, Anton

Conductor(s):
Furtwängler, Wilhelm

Orchestra(s):
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Conductors

Genre: Orchestral

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111000

Barcode: 0747313300020

Distribution Note(s):

Not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions


Physical Release: 08/2008

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