Beethoven Symphony No 9 Furtwängler BPO March 1942

Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor op 125. This recording was made in Berlin, recorded live 22-24 March, 1942.
1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso (0:00 to 17:20)
2. Scherzo: Molto vivace — Presto (17:20 to 28:48)
3. Adagio molto e cantabile — Andante Moderato — Tempo Primo — Andante Moderato — Adagio — Lo Stesso Tempo (28:48 to 48:37)
4. Recitative: (Presto — Allegro ma non troppo — Vivace — Adagio cantabile — Allegro assai — Presto: O Freunde) — Allegro molto assai: Freude, schöner Götterfunken — Alla marcia — Allegro assai vivace: Froh, wie seine Sonnen — Andante maestoso: Seid umschlungen, Millionen! — Adagio ma non troppo, ma divoto: Ihr, stürzt nieder — Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato: (Freude, schöner Götterfunken — Seid umschlungen, Millionen!) — Allegro ma non tanto: Freude, Tochter aus Elysium! — Prestissimo, Maestoso, Molto Prestissimo: Seid umschlungen, Millionen! (48:37 to 1:13:34)
Tilla Briem, soprano
Elisabeth Höngen, alto
Peter Anders, tenor
Rudolf Watzke, bass
Bruno Kittel Choir
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler
Recorded Berlin, 1942…

Furtwangler detested the Nazis, and it’s obvious in this apocalyptically intense performance.  After the war, resistance leaders testified at his denazification trial that even in the darkest and most despairing times of the war, they could hear Furtwangler’s performances on the radio and have hope, because they knew what he stood for.
This is a shattering earthquake of a performance.  I wouldn’t want to hear it like this all the time – that would be terrifying – but Furtwangler finds depths in Beethoven that nobody else has the courage or imagination to approach. kerry
This is how I feel our contemporary life and future. I.V.

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