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BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 (Furtwangler) (1951)


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BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 (Furtwangler) (1951)

The re-opening of the Bayreuth Festival in 1951 represented a major step forward in the international rehabilitation of Germany following the end of the Second World War. As the leading conductor of his generation, Wilhelm Furtwängler was the obvious choice to conduct the opening performance of the Festival, traditionally devoted to a single work, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the ‘Choral’.This work had a deep spiritual significance for Furtwängler: he only agreed to conduct it on special occasions, and never made a studio recording of it. First released in 1955, after his death, the recording of this 1951 performance represents one of the most profound realisations of Beethoven’s masterpiece ever to have been committed to disc.

Beethoven, Ludwig van
Schiller, Friedrich von, lyricist(s)

  Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, "Choral"
1.   I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso 00:17:47
2.   II. Molto vivace 00:11:55
3.   III. Adagio molto e cantabile 00:19:33
4.   IV. Finale: Presto - 00:03:06
5.   IV. Allegro assai - 00:03:55
6.   IV. Presto - 00:03:45
7.   IV. Allegro assai vivace - 00:04:01
8.   IV. Andante maestoso - 00:03:44
9.   IV. Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato - 00:02:13
10.   IV. Allegro ma non tanto - 00:02:30
11.   IV. Poco allegro stringendo il tempo, sempre più allegro 00:01:48

Total Playing Time: 01:14:17

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Schiller, Friedrich von

Furtwängler, Wilhelm

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

Bayreuth Festival Chorus

Edelmann, Otto; Hongen, Elisabeth; Hopf, Hans; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Orchestral

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: 8.111060

Barcode: 0747313306022

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Physical Release: 11/2006

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