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The Radio Recordings 1939-1945 - Furtwängler

The Radio Recordings 1939-1945 - Furtwängler

King International  KKC-5952/73 (22 discs)

Mono Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Furtwängler, Gluck, Handel, Mozart, Petting, Ravel, Schumann, F. Schubert, H. Schubert, Sibelius, Strauss, Wagner, Weber

Tibor de Machula, Pierre Fournier (cellos)
Fritz Heitmann (organ)
Edwin Fischer, Walter Gieseking, Conrad Hansen, Adrian Aeschbacher (pianos)
Georg Kulenkampff, Erich Röhn (violins)
Erna Berger, Tilla Briem (sopranos)
Elisabeth Höngen (contralto)
Peter Anders, Walter Ludwig (tenors)
Rudolf Watzke (bass)
Bruno Kittel Chor
Berliner Philharmoniker
Wilhelm Furtwängler (conductor)

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Comment by Ramesh Nair - February 9, 2019 (1 of 3)

I see one of this site's preferred vendors, Presto classical, has this already in stock through the Berliner Philharmoniker label # BPHR180181.
Even better, the booklet isn't in Japanese characters, but in German and/or English.

Comment by DYB - February 14, 2019 (2 of 3)

I purchased this from Japan. The Japanese edition contains the same English/German book. There is separate small booklet with Japanese translations. The Japanese OBI strip was placed over the original German packaging, extra materials placed and then covered with a second plastic wrap. So whether you order this from Japan or Europe, you will get the same box, but the Japanese edition has a few extra items like a few Furtwängler postcards, a calendar, the Japanese translation book and a DVD of some interviews with players of Berliner Philharmoniker.

I've been listening to selected items on and off for a couple of weeks and it is a spectacular set. The sound is by and large very clean. Some of it is just shockingly good for its age. The Russians seem to have kept the tapes in good condition and the German transfers and remasters are superb.

The presentation is what it is. I actually do not like these oversized boxes, but it will go well with other BPO sets if you have them. The book is definitely excellent; very informative with a lot of photos.

If you like Furtwängler - this is a must-own.

Comment by Longjohns and Wifebeaters - February 16, 2019 (3 of 3)

A YouTube trailer on this edition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=254&v=NCpj1JwZr3M