I have heard it said that this performance is too fast and driven. Perhaps. However, I know no other performance of this work that expresses better its heroic qualities. As with Brahms, Furtwängler's Bruckner is a direct descendant of Beethoven. With this composer, there is no doubt in my mind that he is right. This performance is earth shaking and life changing. But this is a characteristic of most Furtw ngler performances of Beethoven and Bruckner. The sound is very fine in this recording: one of the best!
|Bruckner Symphony No. 5 in Bb Major|
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - 1942
From Henry Fogel's review of this transfer: "Chibas' concentration on timpani presence is particularly valuable in the finale. Overall, the naturalness of the orchestral sonority, the beauty and focus of the string sound in the slow movement, the presence of mid-bass throughout, all combine to make one forget that one is listening to a broadcast from the early 1940s."