A sensational archive discovery and two of Furtwängler’s all-time favourites: a live recording of the Manfred Overture (1953), presumed lost until recently and now released for the very first time, alongside Beethoven’s Eroica and Schumann’s Fourth Symphonies, remastered for the first time using the original tapes.more
"Die Tonqualität der von Audite bearbeiteten Aufnahmen ist allen anderen zuvor veröffentlichten Veröffentlichungen bei weitem überlegen. [...] Der Klang hat viel mehr Relief und Korpus. Furtwängler-Sammler sollten diese neue Edition nicht verpassen." (Pizzicato)
Furtwängler: Lost Manfred Overture now released for the very first time
Volume 12 of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL editionpresents a sensational archive discovery: a live recording of the Manfred Overture from the 1953 festival, until recently presumed lost, and now released for the very first time. In 1953, Furtwängler also conducted two of his all-time favourites, Beethoven's Eroica and Schumann's Fourth Symphonies. Until now, these exciting interpretations were only available in technically flawed recordings made by enthusiasts. For this edition, the newly rediscovered original tapes from the archives of the SRF Swiss Radio and Television were made available.
Wilhelm Furtwängler, invited to Lucerne for the first time in 1944, was one of the defining artists of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL's first decades. From 1947, he performed in Lucerne each summer (with the exception of 1952, when he had to cancel due to illness) until his final concert in August 1954, a few months before his death (recording also available in the "Historic Performances" series: audite 95.641). In total, Furtwängler conducted eighteen of the festival's concerts, sixteen of which with the Swiss Festival Orchestra who also played on 26 August 1953.
Furtwängler's motto was to be "faithful to the spirit" rather than "faithful to each note". This Lucerne recording demonstrates his methodical approach, especially by means of a precisely calculated tempo architecture: Furtwängler's seemingly arbitrary tempo modifications hold structural significance, dynamising the musical form. Illustrated with numerous photos from the festival's archive, the 32-page booklet in three languages discusses this approach, whilst also referring to other famous recordings, such as Furtwängler's studio recording of Schumann's Fourth Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic, made only a few months earlier.
In cooperation with audite, LUCERNE FESTIVAL presents outstanding concert recordings of artists who have shaped the festival throughout its history. The aim of this CD edition is to rediscover treasures - most of which have not been released previously - from the first six decades of the festival, which was founded in 1938 with a special gala concert conducted by Arturo Toscanini.These recordings have been made available by the archives of SRF Swiss Radio and Television, which has broadcast the Lucerne concerts from the outset. Carefully re-mastered and supplemented with photos and materials from the LUCERNE FESTIVAL archive, they represent a sonic history of the festival.
De door het Duitse label Audite uitgebrachte originele radiobanden (tot dan waren er alleen slecht klinkende privébanden van in omloop) van het concert dat Wilhelm Furtwängler op 26 augustus 1953 in Luzern in het kader van de daar gehouden jaarlijkse Festspiele dirigeerde, zal - in ieder geval qua klank - voor menige verzamelaar een ware verrassing zijn.Mehr lesen
Wilhelm Furtwänglers diverse Einspielungen der ‘Eroica’ u.a. aus Wien und Berlin weisen für die Sätze 1, 3 und 4 relativ konstante Tempi aus.Mehr lesen