The complete Wilhelm Furtwangler on record

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The complete Wilhelm Furtwangler on record
Yehudi Menuhin (violin) Edwin Fisher (piano) / Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler

[ Warner Classics / 55 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 24 September 2021

Wilhelm Furtwängler is a musical titan, one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century. Some would say he is the greatest of all. A supreme, inimitable interpreter of the Austro-German symphonic repertoire, and of Wagner's music dramas, he remains a towering point of reference for performers and audiences.

The unparalleled scope of this 55CD set makes it an essential for the music-lover. Not only is it the first collection to unite Furtwängler's entire catalogue of studio recordings, it also encompasses every live recording he made with a view to commercial release. Painstaking research has even unearthed a treasury of previously unpublished material, recorded in Vienna and Copenhagen. The highest artistic and technical standards have been applied in curating this set: each recording has been fully and scrupulously remastered in high definition, while the accompanying commentary and documentation, both authoritative and exhaustive, further illuminates Furtwängler's philosophy and his genius for bringing a score to life with apparent spontaneity.

"Here the bond between the conductor and his younger soloist brought an extra intensity to a natural musical alliance between two inspired artists, both at their peak. Rare has the Beethoven concerto been recorded with such sweetness and tenderness, yet with firmly underlying strength. With its distinguished coupling it is a disc which defies the years." (Penguin Guide on Yehudi Menuhin Beethoven/Mendelssohn)

"Warner Classics has reissued a complete set of Wilhelm Furtwängler's studio recordings, reuniting for the first time Deutsche Grammophon, Polydor, HMV, Decca and Telefunken in one release. This boxed set, which is indispensable to our knowledge of the conductor's art, benefits from the expert work of Stéphane Topakian (editorial manager) and Christophe Hénault (sound restoration)." International Classical Music Awards


Weber: Der Freischütz Overture

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Op. 21

Bach, J S: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

Schubert: Rosamunde, D797

 excerpt, Wagner: Lohengrin

 excerpt, Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

 excerpt, Schubert: Rosamunde, D797

Strauss, R: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Rákóczi March

Dvořák: Slavonic Dance No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 46 No. 3

Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV1048

Rossini: La gazza ladra Overture

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 10 in F major

Weber: Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65

Wagner: Götterdämmerung: Act 3

Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Mozart: Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Brahms: Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a 'St Anthony Variations'

Wagner: Parsifal (excerpts)

Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244 (complete)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (complete)

Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72 (complete)

Wagner: Die Walküre (complete)

plus 94 more titles!