Furtwängler/BPO – Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, “Pathétique” (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)


# Composers: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
# Vinyl (1938/1982)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society
# Size: 956MB (24/96) + 230MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

A truly historical performance from the FM100 collection. Like the review says below, the sound quality is surprisingly good for a 1938 recording.

If anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments.


If listeners are prepared to expect that this is a restoration of a recording from the 1930s, painstakingly transferred and mastered, and that the surface noise and pops are unavoidable conditions of recordings of this technology and vintage, then they will be pleasantly surprised to hear the extraordinary music that Wilhelm Furtwängler and the Berlin Philharmonic left in this historic document. The exceptional performance of Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor, “Pathétique” is presented with great care and consistency, so the variables of the recorded volume, original orchestral dynamics, and intonation due to slight changes in motor speed are as minimal as possible, and the continuity of the music is unbroken by detectable side changes or faulty editing.

Beyond the technical issues, the performance is finely detailed and richly textured, and the transfer brings out distinctive timbres and parts. Furtwängler’s profound expressions of grief in Tchaikovsky’s works are vivid and moving. The Berlin Philharmonic is presented with such depth and dynamic range, it is easy to become deeply absorbed in their playing, and because the orchestra is always compelling, it is easy to go for long stretches without noticing that there are any serious blemishes in the reproduction. That is a tribute to great musicianship. – Blair Sanderson, allmusic.com

Track listing

Side One
01. Adagio – Allegro Non Troppo – Andante – Moderato Mosso – Adagio Mosso – Allegro Vivo – Andante Come Prima – Andante Mosso
02. Allegro Con Grazia

Side Two
03. Allegro Molto Vivace
04. Adagio Lamentoso – Andante – Tempo I – Andante Non Tanto – Andante

Recorded in Berlin in October and November, 1938.

You can see a listing of the entire Franklin Mint set here.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio Reso-Mat
Shure V15VxMR (with Jico stylus)
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface

Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only)



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27 thoughts on “Furtwängler/BPO – Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, “Pathétique” (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)

  1. well I never hear about this recording in this side of the world (Mexico) the news always arrive late :xD I guess, thank you so much for this. Surely will be a wonderful sound and yeah! You did again with your marvelous music post. All the best!!

  2. Hello there,

    As a big Furtwängler fan, I really looking forward to hearing this record. The FM100 collection seems incredible. I would have many request to make for the future rips. But first can you tell more about this collection about which I know nothing. When was it made ? By whom ? Was it carefully made ? Out of master tapes (or 78′ records for very old recording like this one) ? What about sound quality compared to the original first pressings ? Thank you so much for the work !

    • The FM100 collection was pressed between 1978-82. Very carefully made. Master tapes whenever possible. I bought a complete sealed set and have yet to be disappointed by any of them.

      People have actually gone as far as to say that my rips from this collection sound better than the same titles later released by Classic Records, etc.

      Please feel free to make requests.

      • Wow. I’m getting really curious about that. I have “quite” a lots of request…. :/
        I give you the disc numbers :


        I know, I know, It’s much. 😉
        Those with a * are my favorite. The one with a double ** is on the very top of my list.

        Thanks again !

      • While this studio recording is inferior in depth and inspired rendition being compared to the later live one (Cairo, 1951), it marks the phenomenal recording quality unbelievable for 1938.
        All the recording session done then by Furtwängler in London are temendous: Tchaikovsky’s 6th, symphonic fragments from Wagner’s op[eras (especially Karfreitagszauber) and Adagio solennele from Furtwängler’s own Piano concerto played by Edwin Fischer.

  3. Thank you very much! This amazes me.

    May I request some title here?

    Would you please upload Schumann and Grieg Piano Concerto played by Lipatti/Karajan?

  4. here’s what RS said about your first link:
    Download not available

    File owner’s public traffic exhausted. (da3c7b74)

    File owner’s public traffic exhausted. (da3c7b74)


  5. Спасибо огромное. Однако с RS скачать невозможно: сервер пишет “защищенная ссылка”.
    Касательно других записей этой коллекции: я буду рад любым.
    Спасибо Вам еще раз!

    (edit by Rachmaninov)
    Thank you very much. However, with the RS can not download: server writes “protected name”.
    Regarding other items of this collection, I will be glad to any.
    Thank you again!

    • Я немного неверно описал проблему с RS: RS пишет “скачивание невозможно”, а не “защищенная ссылка”.

      (edit by Rachmaninov)
      I was a little wrong with problematic RS: RS says “download impossible” and not “protected name”.

  6. Can’t believe this is a 1930’s recording, great sound and performance, full of strenth.
    And i request No.34: Schubert / Krips Symphony No. 9 in C Major (`The Great`).

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