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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7
Ludwig van Beethoven, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7
Genre: Classical
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Great Beethoven from Furtwangler
Alan Majeska | Bad Axe, MI, USA | 08/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have known Beethoven's 5th and 7th Symphonies since my earliest days collecting Classical LP records in 1972. My first exposure to Symphony 5 was the Decca recording by Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and for Symphony 7, Ernest Ansermet/Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Furtwangler's recordings pre-date each of these by 10-15 years, but the sound is very good mono. Furtwangler's 5th may be the best recording this work has ever had: intense, dark, beautifully recorded. Don't expect overly fast tempos or hyped up dramatics:this is about destiny, soul searching, triumph over despair, life over death. Furtwangler's Vienna 7th, while not a favorite of many critics, still speaks to me in a special way. Tempos in I and IV are fast, and the sound is not as good as in Symphony 5 (it was recorded 3 years earlier), but there is an excitement and intensity which makes this worth hearing.

Most listeners would buy this for Symphony 5, and for about $7.00 you can't go wrong, no matter how many Beethoven Symphony recordings you have."
I Can't Believe My Ears!
Ahmed Munim Ahmed | CA, USA | 05/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The digital restoration on this CD is amazing! There is no noise or hissing and the sound is so clear and sharp just like a stereo recording. Of course Furtwangler is a great conductor and listening to his interpretation of B's 5th and 7th Symphonies is a grace. Don't miss this CD if you like Furtwangler or Beethoven!"
Great Performances
Samuel J. Schleman | Malvern, PA USA | 07/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Simply stated, these are both great, great performances. At $5.99 for this CD, this is a steal!! Anyone who loves Beethoven and anyone who has either not heard a Furtwangler performance before, or has heard him and likes what they heard should buy this CD.

You can't go wrong with great performances for $6.00!!!!"