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Hot off the press is Furtwänglers last performance of Beethovens Ninth Symphony on premium 180g vinyl (DMM). Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886-1954) was one of the defining artists of what is todays Lucerne Festival. He was instrumental in establishing this artistic gathering as one of the then small number of great festivals. In 1944, he came to Lucerne for the first time to conduct two concerts; from 1947 until his death he came to Lucerne each summer but one, where he enjoyed a special status. In August 1954, three months before his death, he directed his last performance, in Lucerne and of the Ninth, which proved to be an elemental musical event (Neue Zu¨rcher Zeitung), alongside the brilliant Philharmonia Orchestra and a stellar cast of soloists (Schwarzkopf, Cavelti, Haefliger, Edelmann).
Furtwängler accentuates the visionary character of this monumental score. He charges the outer movements with an almost unbearable sense of suspense and interprets the lyrical passages, especially the slow third movement, cantabile and in flexible tempi.
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Elisabeth Scharzkopf, soprano
Elisa Cavelti, alto
Ernst Haefliger, tenor
Otto Edelmann, bass
Wilhelm Furtwangler, conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Symphony No. 9 in D mionr, Op. 125
I. Allegro ma non troppo e un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace - Presto - Coda
III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
IV. Finale. Presto - Allegro assai - Allegro assai vivace (alla Marcia) - Andante maestoso - Adagio ma non troppo ma divoto - Allegro energico e sempre ben marcato - Allegro ma non tanto - Presto - Maestoso - Prestissimo
Total playing time, 76:32