Post by Gonzalo Candia
A second question, Any special feature to focus on when listening to Furtwangler? Any guess in this respect?
Again, thanks for everything! Bests,
That box is an odd collection. I own it, but there is a lot of duplication there with recordings in other places, and on other labels. But if you can get it cheaply, everything there is worth hearing.
When I think of the best post-war recordings on DG, I think of Brahms 1/BPO from '52 and Bruckner 4/BPO from '51. Neither are in that box, which is a shame. If you don't have them, you are missing out on some top shelf Furty, and I would look to get them.
I also think that if you find all of us helpful, you will appreciate even more John Ardoin's The Furtwangler Record, which reviews his nearly entire catalog of recordings and offers appraisals on every one. Since Ardoin's death there have been some releases that Ardoin only had in inferior transfers, so the book is a bit dated, but it can help you find the best performances out there.
Even the one "negative" review of the book makes clear how valuable Ardoin can be even as we must use our own ears.