This recording of Bruckner’s fifth has been published several times by various companies, with many containing questionable sound quality. Closer investigation revealed that various sources lay behind those reissues. The present release is sourced from the original tape kept in the archive of Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. The tape needed only minimal reworking, as the sound quality is very good. It is indeed quite astonishing how natural, transparent and full the orchestra sounds. After nearly seventy years, the odyssey of this recording concludes in time to commemorate Furtwängler’s 125th Anniversary year.