Wilhelm Furtwängler, Berliner Philharmoniker – Beethoven: Symphony 5 / Egmont Ouverture / Grosse Fuge (1961) [Japan 2011]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 Mono > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 60:25 minutes | Scans included | 2,43 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Mono (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Scans included | 636 MB
Japanese SHM-SACD | Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Japan # UCGG 9016
Japanese original edition. Features 2011’s DSD mastering using the original analog master of Deutsche Grammophon. Recorded in 1947 (Symphony No.5 & Egmont Ouverture) & in 1952 (Grosse Fuge). This recording of 5th comes from the 2nd concert, with the same program, conducted by Furtwängler on his return to the podium of the Berlin Philharmonic after the war. The interpretation is very different from the 5th of 1943. The 1st movement is more an expression of conflict & struggle than the tragedy expressed in the wartime performance. Suitably, the last movement is a strong, heroic affirmation & triumph. The Grosse Fugue is a visionary performance of a work not usually part of the orchestral repertory. It is an arrangement for string orchestra of work written for string quartet. It is among Beethoven’s last works &, I believe, particularly well suited to Furtwängler’s approach to this composer’s music. A grand interpretation that I have never heard a string quartet perform in a way that can match the sheer dimension of this great work.
01. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 1. Allegro con brio
02. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 2. Andante con moto
03. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 3. Allegro
04. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 4. Allegro
05. Beethoven: “Egmont” op.84 Ouverture
06. Beethoven: Grosse Fuge, op.133
Recorded on May 27, 1947 (Symphony 5 & Egmont) & on February 10, 1952 (Grosse Fuge) at Titania-Palast in Berlin.
DSD remastered in 2011 at Emil Berliner Studio.