Yeah, but I also remember that Decca was using multi-miking to a limited extant at the time. I had a gig recording some Slavic choir, where the conductor told me in no uncertain terms to set up the mikes at the far end of the room. Listening to his group, I could understand why. . . But seriously, Furtwängler clearly didn't know a thing about recording. Fortunately he rarely interfered with his engineering crews and was the first Great Conductor to benefit from condenser mics and tape recording. This serves his legacy much better than Toscanini's interventions with RCA's recording crews did. Furtwängler's 1945 recording of Brahms' Second is as great as the Decca recording is terrible. It should come as no shock that the SQ is much better on the wartime recording.