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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 8)

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 8)

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 8)

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

Comment by Athenaeus - April 10, 2019 (4 of 8)

The German edition is already sold out! But don't despair: they're re-manufacturing it and it should be available again next month. It seems it's selling well. Last week I managed to order what was probably one of the last German copies and I should soon receive it. If you can't wait for the German edition to be available again the Japanese release is still in stock (e.g. on the Tower Records website; make sure you read DYB's comment above about the Japanese edition).

I noticed someone posted a thorough disc-by-disc review of this set on the website of JPC.de. Potential buyers should check it out.

Comment by SACD-MAN (threerandot) - April 10, 2019 (5 of 8)

If they are reissuing this, I would personally prefer a much smaller package.

Comment by Athenaeus - April 11, 2019 (6 of 8)

The Berlin Philharmonic website still mentions the accompanying book and the photos remain the same. So they're surely re-manufacturing the same box-set.

Comment by DYB - April 14, 2019 (7 of 8)

I completely agree on the much smaller package! But alas, all of these Berliner Philharmoniker releases are gigantic deluxe boxes that I have absolutely no shelf space for. :(

Comment by SACD-MAN (threerandot) - Today 10:10 am (8 of 8)

No reviews for this as of yet. I decided to order this from Presto after all. I am anxious to hear these recordings and explore the book. Will put the discs in separate cases. I may even do an unboxing video for youtube. This is getting positive feedback and cant wait.