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Beethove - Symphonies Nos 2 and 7 CD

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1. Symphony No. 2 - Eduard Van Beinum
2. Symphony No. 7 - Eduard Van Beinum

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
**** 1/2 Not quite great Beethoven, but very fine on every account but the mediocre mono sound 18 Jan. 2014
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It's still a matter of contention whether van Beinum, who died suddenly in 1959 at the age of 58, is an overlooked great, an object of cultish enthusiasm, or a skilled conductor much liked by musicians whose performances are basically moderate, like those of Kempe and Haitink, who succeeded him at the Concertgebouw. I've heard two dozen or so of van Beinum's recordings without being insired to collect them, but this is a very fine pairing of the Beethoven Second and Seventh from Royal Festival Hall in the fall of 1958.

The reason that the orchestra happened to be the Philharmonia, which recorded exclusively for EMI while van Beinum was tied to Decca and Philips, is that Klemperer suffered a stroke in the middle of a beethoven symphony cycle and van Beinum was asked to step in as a substitute. The musicians adapted well to a style that was very different from Klemperer's. The Second in particular is tightly focused and maintains its intensity from moment to moment. Nothing in the way of tempo or phrasing is unusual or even personal, but the assured way that van Beinum handles the Larghetto, keeping us interested through a long sequence of repetitions, says much for his abilities.

The Seventh, although a more major work, isn't quite as distinctively done. The first movement Allegro is a model of balance and careful handling of the syncopated triplets in the main theme. Afterwards, the reading feels conventional to me. A better impression would have been made if the sound wasn't mediocre broadcast mono, but at least it's well balanced and free from distortion.

I'm enthusiastic about these two performances, but van Beinum was never long on the wow factor, and I remember right after his death that his reputation was overshadowed by big-name conductors gifted with more charisma. Still, these are two very enjoyable readings that rise above the level of musical moderation.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Van Beinum's Rare Beethoven 12 May 2005
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For the most part, I have resisted buying titles in the BBC Legends series -- even us serious collectors have to draw the line somewhere, or we'll never listen to anything more than once! However, I have made a few exceptions such as Mahler Symphony recordings by Barbirolli and Horenstein, Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony and Mussorgsky/Ravel's "Pictures at an Exhibition" with Carlo Maria Giulini (see my review), and this title featuring Eduard van Beinum. Those familiar with my reviews will know of my love for this conductor, and my main reason for buying this CD was the opportunity to hear him conduct Beethoven. He made only one commercial recording of a Symphony, the 2nd in 1954 sadly not included in either of his recent "Original Masters" sets, so this CD offered me a rare insight. The 1958 mono recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra were thoroughly enjoyable, despite the usually shortcomings of live broadcasts -- coughing, long pauses between movements and the occasional flubbed note. I wouldn't recommend this disc across the board, but I will certainly continue to pick and choose through the BBC Legends catalog for that rare concert event that captures my imagination.
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