Wihelm Furtwängler and the Philharmonia Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Choir, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano, Elsa Cavelti, contralto Ernst Häfliger, tenor, Otto Edelmann, baritone. Lucerne, 22 August 1954 (Furtwängler’s last performance of this work). ADD. Total Time = 75:20. New digital restoration (2007) by Aaron Z. Snyder, using the revolutionary “harmonic balancing” technique. UPC# 0-17685-07902-3.
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Our previous CD release of this performance in 1995 earned critical superlatives like these: “A very broad, deeply felt, poetic reading” (Henry Fogel in Fanfare); and “A palpable culmination of an already dying tradition… a Choral that Richard Wagner surely would have cherished” (Robert Cowan in BBC Music Magazine).
“The excellent sound (digitally restored, 2007) is almost tympani-heavy, with its rolling figuration emphasized as part of one of Furtwängler’s most methodical, deliberate evolutions, especially in the first movement. Wonderful stuff!”
-Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition