Wilhelm Furtwangler and Beethoven’s #7 & #8

Hi, Huge gave an excellent description of Beethoven’s #7 a couple of weeks ago which  motivated me to get the CD in. Who else but Furtwangler for the job. However because of the age, it’s a mono recording, I guess it’s from reel to reel. The CD is out of Japan legendary Performance/ Memorial edition Vienna Philharmonic orchestra. My question is...as far as Furtwangler, is there a remastered stereo version of Beethovens #7 and #8. Or because of the era it is what it is. I can get great remastered blues from the 50’s after all. Looking at CD.

thanks  in advance .

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Presto Classical have a number of options for a Furtwangler Beethoven 7th, but I would expect that they will all be in mono, as recorded.


Personally, as a first choice, I would prefer a modern recording which would give a closer approximation to what you would actually hear in a live concert.

Presto Classical have a complete Beethoven symphony cycle from Riccardo Chailly at a bargain price.

No stereo recordings from Fürtwangler at all I think, studio or live...

I'm not sure Harnoncourt, Kleiber or Karajan would be satisfying alternatives if you're after Fürt's approach. Barbirolli perhaps? His Eroica is one of the all time phonographic greats.



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