1st October 1950

Left in a private archive for 71 years, the Schubert Unfinished recording at long last saw the light of the day.

The restored sound is very acceptable to my historical-inclined (aka senile) ears.

The performance is rather full of angst and anguish. I don’t know why, but it made me think of Sinopoli’s first recording of this piece.

CD 54 from the new Warner box set.
From Olsen’s discography, 1st and 2nd editions.
From Olsen’s 1st edition, when even the Beethoven 5 has not been issued by Danacord.

It is interesting to note that the new Warner ‘Complete’ box set is now in an enviable position to include all two extant Furtwängler’s Wiener Philharmoniker Schubert Unfinished recordings. To be exact there is another wartime recording but it is only a fragment of the first movement.