Beethoven - Symphonies 1 & 3 (Vinyl LP) | Warner 9029510202

Beethoven - Symphonies 1 & 3 (Vinyl LP)


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Label: Warner

Cat No: 9029510202

Barcode: 0190295102029

Format: LP

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 16th April 2021



Wiener Philharmoniker


Wilhelm Furtwangler


Beethoven, Ludwig van

Symphony no.1 in C major, op.21
Symphony no.3 in E flat major, op.55 'Eroica'


Wiener Philharmoniker


Wilhelm Furtwangler


Long Play 33⅓ RPM Record, 180g Pressing

Despite making his name as an interpreter of Wagner and Bruckner, Furtwängler’s first and last love was Beethoven. Furtwängler came back to the symphonies again and again. Throughout his career they dominated his concert programmes, increasingly so in the final years.

Furtwängler was the culmination of the German tradition of conducting. In its view, the score told only part of the truth. To quote Neville Cardus, Furtwängler “did not regard the printed notes as a final statement but rather as so many symbols in an imaginative conception, ever changing and always to be felt and realized subjectively”. The first movement of the Eroica in the 1952 studio recording is a magnificent example of his flexible but organic handling of tempo. The speed varies in response to the constantly changing pulse of the musical drama, yet the whole thing is driven and permeated by a single underlying impulse. At the same time the conductor’s concern for balance and  clarity is such that we hear everything. Every singing line is glowingly audible, every incisive offbeat accent tells. Lyricism and heroic conflict are fused in a single act of exultant re-creation.

These two symphonies sound better than ever thanks to the new remastering from original tapes in HD 192kHz/24-bit done for our new Furtwängler box. The LP premieres this new remastering.

Recorded: Musikvereinssaal, Wien, 24, 26-28 XI.1952 (MONO)
Producer: Lawrance Collingwood
Sound engineer: Robert Beckett

Newly remastered in 24-Bit/192kHz from original tapes at Studio Art & Son, Annecy

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