Title: Bruckner Symphony No. 9 in D Minor
Artist(s): Wilhelm Furtwängler & The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Recording Info: Recorded at the Beethovensaal,
Berlin October 7, 1944
Like the Beethoven 9th from 1942, this is a hair-raising performance. Again we get that terrible vision of the abyss, and the necessity, yes necessity, to struggle on despite the impossibility of success. There are other great recordings of this symphony, especially from Jochum. However, none have such an immense sense of tragedy combined with particularly wild heroism. The sound was difficult to equalize, perhaps because the acoustics of the hall is different from the others. However, after much work, I was able to get an excellent sound, combining detail with power. I was excited to hear the wild Scherzo as I had never heard it before!