Furtwängler and Symphony No. 9

I’ve heard renditions of the 9 by other composers, but none quite come so close to the brilliance of this wartime rendition – performed on March 9, 1942, by Wilhelm Furtwängler and the Berliner Philharmoniker.

The ninth is always glorious, and this rendition, played in the shadow of a great war just makes it so much more intense. If you love this kind of music, this’ll be the best 80 odd minutes you’ll ever spend.

 

I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo – Un Poco Maestoso

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II. Molto Vivace – Presto – Molto Vivace

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III. Adagio Molto E Cantabile – Andante Moderato

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IV. Presto- Allegro Assai – Allegro Assai Vivace – Alla Marcia – Andante Maestoso – Allegro Energico – Prestissimo

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