Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D Minor Op. 125 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Elsa Cavelti Ernst Haefliger, Otto Edelmann Philharmonia Orchestra - Lucerne 1954
This is a famous Furtwängler Ninth. It is the last Ninth he conducted, only three months before his death. The sound is very good, except for the tympani and trumpets, which sound as though they were in a different space altogether. The sound is also somewhat dry. I have tried, with some success to make the sound more amalgamated and pleasant. As to the interpretation, it doesn’t reach the heights of the 1942 Ninth in Berlin or the 1951 performance at the opening of the Bayreuth Festival after the war. This one is not as intense and wild as the Berlin concert, and not as visionary as the Bayreuth one. Still, it is quite good and in excellent sound. Both these other performances are available at this website.
We encourage you to also browse through the rest of our collection, including recordings from the creator of this website and remasters Eduardo Chibás, the renowned pianist Artur Schnabel and other historical conductors.
About Furtwängler Sound
This project is the product of a personal quest to achieve the best sound possible from the recordings of the legendary director Wilhelm Furtwangler. The constant search to improve even already-remastered versions in the market has created these crisp, timeless pieces.