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Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 - Furtwängler

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 - Furtwängler

Universal (Japan)  UCGG-9016

Mono Single Layer

Classical - Orchestral


Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Egmont Overture, Grosse Fuge

Berliner Philharmoniker
Wilhelm Furtwängler (conductor)

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Comment by Xavier D - November 9, 2021 (1 of 2)

I am not an expert in classical music, so please bear in mind my words with moderation.
However, I find this recording in mono mediocre, without depth, without sound volume, with a feeling that my audio system has a problem.
I have a good listening system, so when the recordings are good, it's a treat, but when they're not, it's very hard to listen to.

Comment by Gilbert Burnett - November 22, 2021 (2 of 2)

I am not surprised you found these recordings hard to listen to. They were probably recorded in the late 1940's and early 1950's in mono, of course. They are historically interesting as fine examples of the late work of a legendary conductor who died in 1954. It is unfortunate that as someone who is perhaps not very familiar with classical recordings you were exposed to such old recordings which, with the best will in the world, can never do justice to your hifi system. They could themselves never be descried as hifi. By the mid to late 1950's things had moved on technically and some very fine sounding recordings began to emerge (in stereo too). I hope you find more satisfying (sonically) versions of these works - there are many. The reviews on this site will help to guide you.