FURTWÄNGLER The Munich Bruckner 4

It was to be Wilhelm Furtwängler's final word on Bruckner's Symphony No. 4, at least as far as known recordings are concerned, and his penultimate recorded Bruckner symphony, and yet for over 70 years this 1951 recording with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has languished on the sidelines. How many had the tenacity to listen through the audience noise and the bad sound for all sixty-six minutes of it when other, easier options were available?

Ambient Stereo XR remastering has now entirely transformed a previously "thin, flat" recording into something of magnificent beauty. Meanwhile the vast majority of the bangs and wheezes, coughs and sneezes that bedevilled it have been either entirely excised or greatly diminished in volume. For a major work in the Bruckner canon from one of his greatest interpreters this is surely a vital edition - it's definitely worth hearing!

MAHLER PROMOTION: From 3pm Paris time, Friday 8 July, and for exactly one week, we mark the 162nd birthday of the composer GUSTAV MAHLER with a 10% discount on all our recordings of his music, in download or CD format - the discount is automatic and will be applied at the checkout.