Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No.3 op.55 – “Eroica”

The originators of this „reblogged“ post also have a classical music archive which includes recordings made when the Führer was alive (Furtwängler, &c.); a fine art archive; and many other archival materials of interest.  Unsurprisingly, I first found them when searching not for politics or history, but for music; Wagner and Bruckner were my keywords that fine day.

My comment on the original post bears repeating:

I am amazed at how the Germans continued making music right to the bitter end.

This is Vienna; but from what I understand, even the Berlin Philharmonic did not evacuate the bombed-out Reich capital until April 1945.  Where did they even find a suitable location for performing?

This indomitable passion for high culture is exemplary of the immortal German spirit!

"Neues Europa"

Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
Performance: Wiener Philharmoniker
Live recording, Vienna, 19.XII.1944

I. Allegro con brio (0:00)
II. Marcia funebre. Adagio assai (15:32)
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace (32:51)
IV. Finale. Allegro molto (39:22)

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