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Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts Schumann & Beethoven

A sensational archive discovery and two of Furtwängler’s all-time favourites now also on SACD: 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

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A sensational archive discovery and two of Furtwängler’s all-time favourites now also on SACD: 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.

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Furtwängler: Lost Manfred Overture now released for the very first time

Volume 12 of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL edition presents 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.

It is the desire of many Furtwängler fans to experience the atmosphere and aura of the performances also in the recordings to a maximum extend. This goal serves the current SACD with two additional tracks: The atmosphere of Furtwängler's stage appearance and applause, followed by increasing silence of the audience at the beginning of the works create special ambience and the air of a live performance.

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.

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The Audite SACD/CD (91.441) featuring a recording of the Schumann Manfred overture previously thought to have been lost, has arrived. This doubleMehr lesen

The Audite SACD/CD (91.441) featuring a recording of the Schumann Manfred overture previously thought to have been lost, has arrived. This double SACD/CD is remastered from newly discovered tapes from the Swiss Radio, of the concert on 26 August 1953.

We are lucky to have this new addition to the discography of Furtwängler, as this Manfred overture is apparently finer than the other 2 extant recordings: the 18 Dec 1949 Berlin Iive and the 24 Jan 1952 Vienna studio. Here his rendition is more dramatic , with pulsating urgency intermingled with relaxing Iyricism.

The sound is good compared to previous releases of the Eroica and Schumann Symphony No. 4 in the same concert using a private amateur tape as the sound source, e.g. Tahra, Elaboration (thought to be pirate copies of the SWf CDs). It is full-bodied with a slight emphasis on the bass and quite prominent reverberations. The sound palette is quite different from that heard in the Tahra or Elaboration CDs. It is the interesting thing about historical recordings as the impressions on the music can be affected by the sound source, the remastering process and even the medium in which it is presented.
The Audite SACD/CD (91.441) featuring a recording of the Schumann Manfred overture previously thought to have been lost, has arrived. This double

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Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts Schumann & Beethoven
article number: 91.441
EAN barcode: 4022143914415
price group: CL
release date: 20. January 2018
total time: 97 min.

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