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    The Stockholm 9th has always been considered the weakest of his 11 recordings, and I must say rehearing it this morning confirmed that in my opinion. The sound is better, as you say, but I hear nothing special going on except for the interpretive earmarks of Furtwangler. It just is not as inspired, especially compared to the 1942 BPO. I guess the one obvious improvement is that the soprano does not crack at the end.

    The 1952 VPO is excellent, however. This is my 4th choice for Furtwangler 9ths after the wartime March 1942, 1951 Bayreuth, and 1954 Lucerne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brahmsianhorn View Post
    The Stockholm 9th has always been considered the weakest of his 11 recordings, and I must say rehearing it this morning confirmed that in my opinion. The sound is better, as you say, but I hear nothing special going on except for the interpretive earmarks of Furtwangler. It just is not as inspired, especially compared to the 1942 BPO. I guess the one obvious improvement is that the soprano does not crack at the end.

    The 1952 VPO is excellent, however. This is my 4th choice for Furtwangler 9ths after the wartime March 1942, 1951 Bayreuth, and 1954 Lucerne.
    There are few recordings of 43 Stockholm B9, you can still buy a new Music & Arts version from its website.

    I had a different take my first listen, I thought it matched the intensity level of 42 Berlin with better sound, of course the Stockholm Orchestra is not the BP orchestra, will have to revisit later to form a more confident opinion where this ranks among Furtwangler B9s........but the Japan B9 Tahra release did include it "implying" it is one of top 4 versions, hmmmmm.....


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    Well, with all due respect to Japanese Tahra, I think the original Tahra grouping of the best Furtwangler B9s is closer to the mark.


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    I wrote this in other thread, but I think is more aprppiate here.
    Can anybody tell me if the sound of the Pristine editions of, say, Beethoven 5th 1943 or Bruckner 8th 1944, is better than the pseudo-stereo made in japan and can be finded in youtube?
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