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Furtwängler - Beethoven - Symphony No. 9

Composer Anonymous
Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer Anonymous
Otto Edelmann
Elisabeth Hongen
Hans Hopf
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Wilhelm Furtwängler, conductor
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-9060 SACD
EAN 7318599990606
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jan 2022
Total time 82'45

The historic 1951 performance from Bayreuth
Seventy years ago, on the 29th July 1951, Wilhelm Furtwängler conducted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at a concert marking the reopening of the Bayreuth Festival after seven years of silence following the Second World War. It was a momentous occasion, and the concert was broadcast by Bavarian Radio and transmitted across the world, &&&for instance by Swedish Radio.
Using the analogue mono tape as digitized by Swedish Radio, the present disc reproduces the broadcast as it would have been heard by listeners in Sweden: we have chosen to not change anything, not to ‘brush up’ the sound, not to clean and shorten the pauses or omit audience noises within the music, but to keep the original as it was. In this way we hope to recreate the feeling of actually sitting in front of an old radio in 1951, listening to this important concert – a true historical document.
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01 Welcoming announcements 1'57
02 Programme announcement 2'19
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op.125 "Choral" 73'56
03 I. Allegro ma non troppo e un poco maestoso 18'01
04 II. Molto vivace - Presto 11'46
05 III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante cantabile 19'13
06 IV. Presto - Allegro assai … 24'56
07 Applause and closing remarks 2'44
  Album total 82'45
OrchestraBayreuth Festival Orchestra
ConductorFurtwaengler, Wilhelm
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
SopranoSchwarzkopf, Elisabeth
AltoElisabeth Höngen
TenorHopf, Hans
BassEdelmann, Otto

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