Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphonies Nos.1 & 3 – Wiener Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwangler (1952/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 1:17:57 minutes | 794 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © EMI Classics
Recorded: 24, 26-28.IX.1952, Musikvereinsaal, Vienna, Austria
Esteemed conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra delivers a definitive reading of Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 1 & 3. Performing on authentic instruments, the musicians play with sensitivity and skill. Furtwangler, a Beethovenian, brings a sense of excitement and first-class direction. With its impeccable sound quality, this is a worthwhile listen!
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Symphony No. 1 in C, Op.21
1 I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio 7:54
2 II. Andante cantabile con moto 7:23
3 III. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace) 3:52
4 IV. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace 6:25
Symphony No. 3 in E Flat, Op.55 ‘Eroica’
5 I. Allegro con brio 16:11
6 II. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai) 17:23
7 III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) 6:31
8 IV. Allegro molto – Poco andante – Presto 12:18
Wilhelm Furtwängler, conductor
About the Mastering
Four engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London have remastered these historic EMI recordings from their original analogue sources for release in pristine hi-def. Between them, Simon Gibson, Ian Jones, Andy Walter and Allan Ramsay have many years of experience remastering archive recordings for EMI and other record labels. The process always starts with finding all of the records and tapes in EMI’s archive in London and comparing different sources and any previous CD reissues. We consult each recording’s job file, which contains notes about the recording made by the engineer and producer. For example, this sometimes explain why there is more than one set of tapes to choose from. All of the tapes are generally in good condition and we play them on our Studer A80 π inch tape machine, after careful calibration of its replay characteristics.
In order to have the best digital remastering tools at our disposal for the remastering, we transfer from analogue to the digital domain at 96 KHz and 24-bit resolution using a Prism ADA-8 converter and capture the audio to our SADiE Digital Audio Workstation.
Simon Gibson, January 2012