Wilhelm Furtwängler - Recordings 1942-1944, Vol.1 (2001)
EAC Rip | APE (Image+.cue, log) | 1,01 Gb | Scans (*booklet .pdf) -> 38 mb
MP3 320 kbps | 4 CDs, 04:26:12 min | 609 mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Deutsche Grammophon
These live performances were recorded for broadcast during WWII in Germany, and while the sound is not up to modern standards it is surprisingly good for its time. The microphones in the concert hall were wired to a small, windowless control room, where they were primatively "mixed" and the signal sent via telegraph wire to the radio transmitter studio, where it was recorded on early Magnetophone tape recorders. The tapes were captured by the Soviets after the liberation of Berlin and transported to Moscow, where they languished for many years. Some performances were released by the Soviets, but the tapes were eventually returned to Germany and reprocessed in the 1980's.