Wilhelm Furtwängler Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon and Decca
This edition and campaign will tell the story of a true 20th century icon whose contribution to modern musical life can hardly be overestimated and can compared only to legends such as Karajan and Kleiber. Chronologically documenting Furtwängler’s recorded legacy through all the different chapters of his artistic life, from the early recordings to the wartime recordings created under high tension to the fresh and direct 1950s DGG studio recordings.
A brilliant conductor, ingenious and controversial, whose artistry was deeply rooted in the tradition of Romantic idealism, the edition presents cornerstones of the Austro-German repertoire, and as Furtwängler originally identified himself as a composer at the beginning of his career his Second Symphony is also included.
"He started his career after the war in Italy [in 1947]. I heard dozens of his concerts there. To me, he was Beethoven." Maria Callas, 1968