The Schubert 9th is another one of those Furtwängler performances that is so different from all other interpretations that they all seem weak in comparison. This is a big scale performance: dramatic, heroic and powerful. The last movement, as is often the case with Furtwängler live performances, is wildly ecstatic. This performance, like some other wartime recordings, has a change in equalization during the 2nd movement. Of course, it has been corrected as much as possible.
|Schubert Symphony No. 9 in C Major D 944|
Schubert Symphony No. 8 in B Minor D. 759 (1st Mov.)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - 1942 and 1944
The Unfinished is a dark and brooding interpretation. Unfortunately, only the first movement was recorded. The sound is good, with deep bass and clear textures in spite of the dark atmosphere.
From Henry Fogel's review of this transfer of the 9th: "I compared Chibas' transfer with those on Pristine, DG, and Tahra. Chibas scores in two areas. One is, once again, dynamic range, which, given the extremes of the performance, is a crucial element. The other is, as he refers to in the interview, his feeling about timpani presence."