This outstanding and rare 2LP cloth box set a fine collector's copy from German Electrola (WALP 1286/87, German pressing, first red/gold'LANG331/3SPIEL' Electrola label, original stitched inner jackets included, mono) features Wilhelm Furtwangler's legendary live 29 July 1951 account of Beethovens Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op.125, given with the Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra and soloists Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Elisabeth Hongen (alto), Otto Edelmann (tenor), and Hans Hopf (bass). This exalted and iconic performance was issued by permission of Wieland and Wolfgang Wagner and Frau Elisabeth Furtwängler.
With the chorus trained by Wilhelm Pitz, Furtangler's Bayreuth Ninth remains among the very greatest ever captured on record. Of EMIs Great Recordings of the Century CD re-issue of this performance, BBC Music Magazine wrote.
The performance of Beethovens Ninth Symphony given to mark the reopening of the Bayreuth Festival in 1951, with Wilhelm Furtwängler as high priest, has some memorable flaws that agonisingly out-of-tune horn solo in the slow movement! , but this is Furtwänglers most rhapsodic and idealistic traversal of the choral finale on record, and the whole proves an incomparably vivid concoction of energy and breadth, tradition and vision.The two LPs are each housed in their own individual stitched sleeves, the two sleeves fitting neatly into the heavy cloth box. The glossy red labels, with their handsome gold lettering, are also very attractive, gracing superb Electrola pressings that are a model of their kind. The condition of the box is near-MINT. Really, the flaws are minimal.
There is almost no edgewear and only mild instances of discoloration. The gilt spine is bright and perfectly legible. There are no owners' markings or other defects of any kind. This heavy cloth box is perfectly solid, bright, and glossy overall, this is a truly handsome collector's copy.
The condition of the full-size booklet is NM really, there are no flaws to speak of. The condition of the 2 LPs is NM. Although the surfaces are not absolutely silent and thus I have rated it NM vs. MINT these are fine copies and playback is superb.All LPs are provided with a new Nagaoka (or Nagaoka-style) inner sleeve. FEEDBACK: I will promptly leave feedback for all buyers. Please let me know before making a return.
Please see my other classical LP and CD auctions, and feel free to write with any questions, I'll be glad to help. The item "Furtwangler Beethoven 9th Electrola WALP 1286/87 (2LP box) superb NM- copy" is in sale since Monday, July 9, 2018. This item is in the category "Music\Records".
The seller is "redgarnett" and is located in El Cros. This item can be shipped worldwide.