The Wilhelm Furtwängler Centre of
now, the third group?
Next year, 2004, is 50th death anniversary of
Wilhelm Furtwängler. While copyrights on most of his recordings lapses, we
nowadays tend to believe that we have come to know everything about him. Back
in 1969 when The Wilhelm Furtwängler Society Japan Associates was established,
the famous 1953 Rome Ring was not yet published. Very few people heard in person the
famous Urania gEroicah.
Times have changed. We now can buy numerous versions of the
While even the conductors belonging to the
succeeding generations to Furtwängler such as Karajan and Bernstein had passed
away and perhaps interest on them are gradually fading away, we find ourselves
comparing and appreciating the art of Furtwängler against those of
contemporaries such as Harnoucourt, Carlos Kleiber and even Rattle.
The art of Furtwängler is evergreen and beautiful, and communicates strongly to the people of today. And, perhaps, even to the people of next generations.
kind of activities is the gCentreh going to be engaged?
We wish to offer more comprehensive and international oriented services than our Japanese predecessors. While gJapanese Furtwängler Societyh is engaged solely in sale of CDs and gTokyo Furtwängler Instituteh is concentrated on studying the Furtwänglerfs compositions and thoughts, we wish to assist Japanese Furtwängler admirers, for example:
- having direct access to the studies, materials and events by Wilhelm Furtwängler Organisations abroad
- having access to written materials
It is worthwhile to mention that a number of gdeeph
Furtwängler connoisseurs have grown in@the meantime, who posses profound knowledge about the life and art
of Furtwängler. The days when gFurtwängler Organisations know more than usual
peopleh are over. We wish to
provide interface vis-à-vis those Furtwängler experts, so that we may transfer
the appreciating gknow-howh of splendid art of Furtwängler to the future
me more concretely. Is the service free or against a fee?
We provide support services for enrolling to
Furtwängler Societies abroad and assist you acquiring the information and
materials that are offered by them.
We issue or support importing CDs, DVDs, and printed materials. We shall host study meetings and record
concerts. For particulars, please
refer to the separate sheets.
In order to minimise the costs, we gexploith the Internet facilities. We conduct our activities in principle on web and you are cordially invited to refer to our WebPages:
The Web Pages are divided into two: general
pages and the memberfs only pages.
The latter requires ID and Password to have an access, which will be
communicated only to subscribing members.
is the name of your organisation?
We named ourselves gThe Wilhelm Furtwängler
you issue CDs yourselves?
Yes. For example:
We have reached an agreement with a famous
European Furtwängler scholar and issue the following two sets of CDs from his
(1) Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Soloist: Gre Browenstijn (sop.) Ira Malaniuk (Alto)
Wolfgang Windgassen (ten.) Ludwig
Finally the gBeethoven 9th,
We issue it in 2CDs set including the rehearsal recording of the 3rd and 4th movements from the previous day. Some flutters are audible from the 3rd movement onward but tolerable. The original source sounds at least two generations younger than the hitherto available private records. There exists a gReel-touchh slowing down for 1 second at the 3rd movement as in the previous private records.
The rehearsal continues for about 45 minutes and
about 3 minutes longer in the 4th movement than the previous private issues. It
ends with the applause from the orchestra and chorus.
We believe that all the Furtwängler admirers are
familiar with the name, gOlsenh, who pioneered in issuing Furtwängler
discography, gthe Olsen Discographyh, in 1970th. The author, Mr. Henning Smidth (a.k.a.
Olsen) contributes the sleeve note under reference to a letter by Wolfgang
Wagner addressed to him.
The front-sleeve will feature a stage photograph
of this exact performance in
Price: JPY 4,100 including postage
(2) A. Brahms: Symphony No. 4
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
It is a Radio recording made by Sender Freies
A commercial issue by Tahra, though it was made
from the original tape, was marred by tape wear. The source of this CD is a tape that was
copied from the original in 1960th and fortunately sounds more vivid.
B. Brahms: Double concerto for Violin and Cello
Orchestra: Luzern Festival Orchestra
Wolfgang Schneiderhan, violin
Enrico Mainardi, violoncello
This is more dramatic a performance than the
beautiful January 1952
The front-sleeve of the CD will feature a scene
from the rehearsal of the double concerto showing Furtwängler, Schneiderhan and
Mainardi reaching the artistic climax.
We feel it a pity that the gCompactDisch case is not in the size of LP!
Price: JPY 2,500 including airmail postage
(Those prices are valid for members with
We continue our releases. We shall inform the contents
Order method: Orders may be made together with
the Centre Admission Application.
can I join the Centre?
Please send "The Centre Admission Applicationh by mail or e-mail.
The Centre will register the membership upon
receipt of the Enrolment Fee, which must be remitted to the below-mentioned
Post Office Giro Account.
Account name: Furtwängler Centre
Account number: 00240 - 9 - 111630
The Centre will take it for granted that all the
Enrolment applications will have been made after the applicantsf
having read and accepted the member rules.
The Wilhelm Furtwängler Centre of
Honorary President: Elisabeth Furtwängler
Adviser: Henning Smidth (a.k.a. Olsen)
Executive Directors: Hajime Suzuki, Masayuki Nakamura, Hidekuni Yobikawa
Auditor: Takanori Masuda
Chief Researcher: Hiroshi Shimizu
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