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  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink, Willem Mengelberg
  • Composer: Bruckner, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Mahler, Dvorak, et al.
  • Audio CD (25 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 152
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: RCO Live
  • ASIN: B00G6N4GLO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,018 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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No collection of recordings from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra s rich history can offer the listener a truly complete overview. But the present CD box set certainly comes closer than any before it. The Radio Legacy is a compilation of the seven part Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the four box sets devoted to the orchestra s chief conductors Willem Mengelberg, Eduard van Beinum, Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Chailly, and also featuring more recent recordings with Mariss Jansons. Drawing on the wealth of recordings in the Dutch public broadcasting network archives, the selection does justice to the unique history of the orchestra. Repertoire, performance, conductors, soloists, and recording quality were the criteria which, proved to be decisive. Indeed, the compilers have worked with the awareness that the making of choices brings with it the duty to showcase as many aspects of this history as possible . This CD set can thus be seen as an important supplement to the orchestra s musical legacy as reflected by the many releases on record labels over the years. Included in the luxurious box set is ´125 Years in Silent Pictures´, a photo book featuring archival and specially made new photos capturing the orchestra´s history from the very first beginning up to 2013. An index book focusing on composers, conductors and soloists will guide the listener through this vast collection of recordings. The Radio Legacy is a limited edition: no more than 1000 copies are available.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scratcher on 11 Dec. 2013
Anyone who has sampled the anthology volumes from which this set is taken will already know the high quality of the material contained therein. I will not go into detail here. Just check out previous customer reviews, etc., on the separate volumes. I will, however warn of a couple of negative aspects to this issue. First, the DVDs included in the Mengelberg, van Beinum and Chailly separate volumes (1 DVD in each) have been omitted from this issue. The content of the the Mengelberg and van Chailly DVDs can be found on YouTube. The Chailly DVD's content, however, appears only to be found on the disc in the separate Chailly volume. It's a rather vexing omission.

The second weakness is that the boxes (there are two of them) are somewhat flimsy in material and construction. They need careful handling and are certainly not built for frequent access. They are nothing like as sensibly made as, say, the boxes used for Brilliant Classics big sets. They are not quite as fragile as the pathetic boxes used for the Melodiya Shostakovich Symphonies and String Quartets sets, but they are not much better.

Neither of these grumbles, however, should put you off. At around £2.65 a disc from amazon.co.uk at the time of writing (I got mine direct from the RCO for a little more) they constitute a considerable bargain, if you can face the immediate outlay.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Clarke on 12 Aug. 2014
Today I finally finished listening to all 152 CDs in this magnificent collection, in numerical order.

When the set arrived, my initial inclination was to listen first to the recordings that looked most enticing, but there were so many potential 'highlights' that I decided on a more orderly approach of working through the whole compilation methodically. I'm glad I did, because it transpired that there were dozens of superb performances that I might have delayed listening to indefinitely had I decided to 'cherry pick'. It is obvious that someone knowledgeable in the Netherlands has spent time sifting through the archives to offer us the most compelling performances available.

For example, with a library already crammed with Beethoven recordings, another Harnoncourt 'Eroica' didn't promise to be a particularly valuable addition to my collection when I already have his COE recording; but this Concertgebouw performance is of colossal impact and I shall return to it. I wasn't expecting Sawallisch's 'Pastoral' to be a highlight either, but the sheer radiance of his account of the finale made me ponder anew the stature of this great symphony. There were dozens of instances of performances which made me reassess conductors and, I must confess, made me wonder whether I had been prejudiced in not giving these musicians more attention before. I would speculate that few people would expect a performance of Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony conducted by Bruno Maderna to be a highlight of this set, but it transpired to be a highly individual and strongly characterised interpretation. Don't leave it unplayed if you buy this box; it's another gem.

There is a modest representation of Dutch music, unknown to most of us outside Holland, and I found most of these works rewarding to hear.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Fowler (the Obsessive Compulsive Reviewer) on 2 Sept. 2014
Originally issued in twelve separate volumes. *
Repackaged as 152 CDs. Two inner boxes.
Insane.
Messy and expensive, but wonderful music making.

Volume 1 (1935-1950)
ANDRIESSEN: Organ Concerto - Andriessen/Pierre Monteux, 1950
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 1 - Wilhelm Furtwängler, 1950
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 - Erich Kleiber, 1950
BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3 - Wilhelm Furtwängler, 1950
BERLIOZ: Benvenuto Cellini Overture - Pierre Monteux, 1939
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 - Wilhelm Furtwängler, 1950
BRAHMS: Academic Festival Overture - Jan Koetsier, 1944
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 - Otto Klemperer, 1947
BUSONI: Violin Concerto - Adolf Busch/Bruno Walter, 1936
DEBUSSY: La Mer - Pierre Monteux, 1939
ELGAR: Enigma Variations - Adrian Boult, 1940
FRANCK: Symphony - Willem Mengelberg, 1940
FRANCK: Les Eolides - Pierre Monteux, 1939
HAYDN: Piano Concerto in D - Gerard Hengeveld/Jan Koetsier, 1943
HINDEMITH: Symphony in E Flat - Paul Hindemith, 1949
HONEGGER: Pastoral d'été - Jan Koetsier, 1943
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 - Bruno Walter, 1947
MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde - Thorborg/Oehman/Carl Schuricht, 1939
MALIPIERO: Cello Concerto - Enrico Mainardi/Eduard van Beinum, 1941
MENDELSSOHN: Hebrides Overture - Otto Klemperer, 1947
MOZART: Symphony No.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Superb choices of recordings from the RCO's archives 12 Aug. 2014
By Raymond Clarke - Published on Amazon.com
Today I finally finished listening to all 152 CDs in this magnificent collection, in numerical order.

When the set arrived, my initial inclination was to listen first to the recordings that looked most enticing, but there were so many potential 'highlights' that I decided on a more orderly approach of working through the whole compilation methodically. I'm glad I did, because it transpired that there were dozens of superb performances that I might have delayed listening to indefinitely had I decided to 'cherry pick'. It is obvious that someone knowledgeable in the Netherlands has spent time sifting through the archives to offer us the most compelling performances available.

For example, with a library already crammed with Beethoven recordings, another Harnoncourt 'Eroica' didn't promise to be a particularly valuable addition to my collection when I already have his COE recording; but this Concertgebouw performance is of colossal impact and I shall return to it. I wasn't expecting Sawallisch's 'Pastoral' to be a highlight either, but the sheer radiance of his account of the finale made me ponder anew the stature of this great symphony. There were dozens of instances of performances which made me reassess conductors and, I must confess, made me wonder whether I had been prejudiced in not giving these musicians more attention before. I would speculate that few people would expect a performance of Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony conducted by Bruno Maderna to be a highlight of this set, but it transpired to be a highly individual and strongly characterised interpretation. Don't leave it unplayed if you buy this box; it's another gem.

There is a modest representation of Dutch music, unknown to most of us outside Holland, and I found most of these works rewarding to hear. I had not previously encountered the music of Hans Henkemans (1913-1995) but the performances here of three of his concertos (violin, viola & harp) conducted by Eduard van Beinum certainly held my interest. Van Beinum also conducts "Musique pour l'esprit en deuil" by Rudolf Escher (NB: on the sleeve the composer is wrongly given as "Rudolf Fischer"), a work that is considered an important Dutch composition, and the set also includes a 2005 performance by Haitink, obviously in much better sound. I am pleased to have been introduced to this fine score.

Don't neglect the earlier discs, which are historical recordings. As a musician with absolute pitch, I can confirm that care has been taken to ensure that every transfer has been made at the correct speed and pitch (some wavering of pitch near the end of van Beinum's 1949 recording of Respighi's "Fountains of Rome" is clearly due to insoluble problems with the source material). The sound quality is surprisingly good for its time, and recordings familiar from issues on other labels have been remastered (the Mengelberg Mahler 4 is here, and an A/B comparison with the Philips issue illustrates sonic differences). Throughout these historical recordings, my attention was so held by the performances that I was not worried by the old sound. Some of the performances preserve pieces of history for us. A fine October 1939 performance by Carl Schuricht of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde is interrupted by an ugly moment when anti-semitic woman calls out (in one of quietest moments) "Deutschland über alles, Herr Schuricht". One hears the unrest in the audience. There is an astonishingly intense Tchaikovsky 4 from van Beinum in May 1940, only days after the Nazi invasion, and I don't think it too fanciful to suggest that the music-making is influenced by external events (though the inclusion of a similarly intense Tchaikovsky 5 from Mengelberg in November 1939 - unfortunately with three cuts by the conductor - might seem to contradict this theory). Tolerance for poor sound must however be made with a 1935 performance of Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 played by Josef Pembaur, but it's worth persevering: "there were fantastic things in his playing", said Arrau of Pembaur and this is confirmed by the startling individuality of this performance. Once again, this is more evidence of judicious choice of recordings by the compiler(s). In the opening bars of Kubelik's 1950 performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 I thought that the grey mono sound might compromise the impact, but within minutes I was gripped by it.

It is fascinating to hear conductors in repertoire which we do not usually associate with them - George Szell conducting Dutilleux's Métaboles, for instance. Another rarity was to hear Eugen Jochum conducting a newly-composed work: Eglogues, by Robert Heppener (1925-2009). This fine piece is on CD 55, by which time I had spent weeks listening to the earliest recordings in the set (which are placed at the start of the compilation) and this was the first recording in truly sumptuous sound. I would never have guessed that it dates from 1965; it could pass for a brand new recording. Presumably most of these performances were given in the Concertgebouw and the engineers obviously knew how to get the best results in that acoustic. Don't assume that these are poor quality recordings just because they are radio broadcasts; the quality is high and the sound is naturally balanced.

Apart from a few recordings without audience (Karajan is represented by his 1943 DG Strauss Don Juan) almost every performance seems to be a document of a single performance (not a montage of various performances on different evenings). Only three performances (Jansons conducting Stravinsky's Firebird, Rite of Spring and Mahler 2) are acknowledged to be from more than one performance; all the others are given a single date. Given that these are genuinely live recordings, not corrected by studio retakes, the standard of accuracy in the orchestral playing is astonishingly high. There were only a handful of instances of missed entries in the entire 152 CD collection, and all were minor, unlikely to be detected by most listeners. The only mistake which was at all disturbing was not by the orchestra anyway (a soprano in Chailly's Mahler 8 makes an error but instantly corrects herself). Apart from those three Jansons recordings and the few studio recordings, there is only one exception to the 'single take' concept: a 1977 performance of Schumann's Concerto by Arrau & Jochum which is very obviously edited with studio retakes in the finale (the change in sound perspective is apparent).

Bernstein's admirers may be interested to know that the performances of Schubert 5 and Mahler 1 included in this set are different from his Concertgebouw versions issued by DG, which were both recorded on the following evening. There are substantial differences between the two versions of Mahler 1, even in the tempo of the introduction to the first movement, and the sound quality is notably different too. Similarly, Solti's account of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1 in the Concertgebouw set is not the same performance as the one issued by Decca: the RCO recording is from a single evening (19 September 1991) whereas his Decca recording seems to be a compilation of takes from different performances (Decca's booklet gives three dates to cover both the Shostakovich and the other work on the CD). Ironically, the single-take performance in the Concertgebouw set is played with more accuracy than in the edited Decca version and is definitely preferable.

The audiences are quiet, with very little coughing. Only in a few instances did I feel irritated by audience noise (during Argerich's performance of the slow movement of Bartok's Third Concerto and at the start of the finale of Tchaikovsky's First Symphony conducted by Chailly) but my tolerance level of audience noise is low anyway. In a beautiful 1977 performance of Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs with Elisabeth Söderström, we hear Bernard Haitink turning to a specific member of the audience after the second song and saying (in Dutch) "could you at least take a handkerchief to cover your mouth?" In general, the Dutch audiences don't cheer as much as one would have expected, given the high quality of the performances they are witnessing. It wasn't until CD 51 (Giulini conducting Verdi's Falstaff, overlapping onto the first part of CD 52) that the audience demonstrated massive enthusiasm. Similar enthusiasm erupts at the end of his magnificent Brahms 4, a version full of insights and fully equal to his Philharmonia, CSO or VPO versions.

The 152 discs are coloured-coded and are organised as follows, reflecting this set's origins in a series of smaller RCO sets:

1-13: various recordings from 1935-1950
14-23: all recordings by Willem Mengelberg
24-37: various recordings from 1950-1960
38-48: all recordings by Eduard van Beinum
49-62: various recordings from 1960-1970
63-76: various recordings from 1970-1980
77-90: various recordings from 1980-1990
91-104: all recordings by Bernard Haitink
105-118: various recordings from 1990-2000
119-131: all recordings by Riccardo Chailly
132-145: various recordings from 2000-2010
146-152: all recordings by Mariss Jansons

Those divisions of the recordings into decades are treated with flexibility by the compilers - for example, some 1979 recordings have been included in the 1980-1990 set (this probably explains why all 14 CDs from 77-90 have unfortunately been mislabelled on the front of the sleeves as 1970-1980, though the backs of the sleeves have correct dates) and in the 2000-2010 set we are given performances from 2011 of Das Lied von der Erde (Fabio Luisi) and a wildly enthusiastically received performance of the Rosenkavalier Suite from Jansons. The five conductors who have collections devoted to themselves also appear elsewhere in the set, not just in the CDs devoted exclusively to them. There are no texts or translations included. Jean Cocteau's spoken text in Chailly's performance of Stravinsky's Rex is translated into Dutch.

The CDs come in two sturdy boxes with two substantial paperback books included, but the cardboard lids are fragile. The packaging is attractive, but not the most durable that could have been designed. You'll need to take care when removing and replacing these lids to avoid damaging them, but when you are in possession of this marvellous compilation it is likely to be become one of the treasures of your CD collection and the slight inconveniences when handling it are minimal compared with the immense artistic riches it offers you.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Contents Listing (WARNING: It's really long) 4 Sept. 2014
By John Fowler (the Obsessive Compulsive Reviewer) - Published on Amazon.com
Originally issued in twelve separate volumes. *
Repackaged as 152 CDs. Two inner boxes.
Insane.
Messy and expensive, but wonderful music making.

Volume 1 (1935-1950)
ANDRIESSEN: Organ Concerto - Andriessen/Pierre Monteux, 1950
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 1 - Wilhelm Furtwängler, 1950
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 - Erich Kleiber, 1950
BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3 - Wilhelm Furtwängler, 1950
BERLIOZ: Benvenuto Cellini Overture - Pierre Monteux, 1939
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 - Wilhelm Furtwängler, 1950
BRAHMS: Academic Festival Overture - Jan Koetsier, 1944
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 - Otto Klemperer, 1947
BUSONI: Violin Concerto - Adolf Busch/Bruno Walter, 1936
DEBUSSY: La Mer - Pierre Monteux, 1939
ELGAR: Enigma Variations - Adrian Boult, 1940
FRANCK: Symphony - Willem Mengelberg, 1940
FRANCK: Les Eolides - Pierre Monteux, 1939
HAYDN: Piano Concerto in D - Gerard Hengeveld/Jan Koetsier, 1943
HINDEMITH: Symphony in E Flat - Paul Hindemith, 1949
HONEGGER: Pastoral d'été - Jan Koetsier, 1943
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 - Bruno Walter, 1947
MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde - Thorborg/Oehman/Carl Schuricht, 1939
MALIPIERO: Cello Concerto - Enrico Mainardi/Eduard van Beinum, 1941
MENDELSSOHN: Hebrides Overture - Otto Klemperer, 1947
MOZART: Symphony No. 40 - Eugen Jochum, 1943
OTTERLOO: Sinfonietta - Willam van Otterloo, 1944
RAVEL: Concerto for the Left Hand - Paul Wittgenstein/Bruno Walter, 1937
RAVEL: Mother Goose Suite - Ernest Ansermet, 1940
REGER: Böcklin Suite - Herman Abendroth, 1941
REGER: Violin Concerto - Georg Kuhlenkampff/Willem van Otterloo, 1944
ROSSELLINI: Stampe della vecchia Roma - Paul van Kempen, 1942
SAINT-SAËNS: Piano Concerto 4 - Robert Casadesus/Pierre Monteux, 1939
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 7 - Rafael Kubelik, 1950
R. STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks - Paul Paray, 1940
R. STRAUSS: Don Juan - Herbert von Karajan, 1943
WAGENAAR: Cyrano de Bergerac Overture - George Szell, 1948
WAGNER: Flying Dutchman Overture - Bruno Walter, 1936
WEBER: Konzertstück in F Minor - Lili Kraus/Bruno Walter, 1939

Volume 2 (1950-1960)
BARTOK: Miraculous Mandarin Suite - Antal Dorati
BARTÓK: Viola Concerto - William Primrose/Otto Klemperer
BEETHOVEN: Ah, perfido, Op. 65 - Gre Brouwenstijn/Otto Klemperer
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92 - Josef Krips
BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture - Leopold Stokowski
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73 - Leopold Stokowski
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 - Nathan Milstein/Pierre Monteux
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 2 in C minor - Bernard Haitink
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 3 in D minor - Rafael Kubelik
CHAUSSON: Poème, Op. 25 - Arthur Grumiaux/George Szell
DRESDEN: Dansflitsen - Rafael Kubelik
DVORAK: Symphony No. 7 - Rafael Kubelik
DEBUSSY: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun - Leopold Stokowski
DE FALLA: El Amor Brujo - Leopold Stokowski
HENKEMANS: Harp Concerto - Phia Berghout/Eduard van Beinum
HENKEMANS: Violin Concerto - Theo Olof/Eduard Van Beinum
JANACEK: Taras Bulba - Rafael Kubelik
MAHLER: Symphony No. 3 in D minor - Maureen Forrester/Eduard van Beinum
MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 in G major - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Bruno Walter
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto - Isaac Stern/Rafael Kubelik
MOZART: Symphony No. 40 - Bruno Walter
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 22 -Annie Fischer/Otto Klemperer
MOZART: Ch'io mi scordi di te / Non temer, amato bene, KV 505 - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Otto Klemperer
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2 - Julius Katchen/Rafael Kubelik
RAVEL: Daphnis and Chloe - Pierre Monteux
RAVEL: La valse - George Szell
SCHOENBERG: Transfigured Night - Otto Klemperer
SCHOENBERG: Variations for Orchestra - Hans Rosbaud
STRAUSS: Also sprach Zarathustra - Dimitri Mitropoulos
STRAUSS: Don Juan - Bruno Walter
TANSMAN: Musique pour orchestra - Rafael Kubelik
VAN DER HORST: Symphony No. 1 - Eduard van Beinum
VERMEULEN: Passacaille et Cortège from 'De vliegende Hollander.' - Beinum
VERMEULEN Symphony No. 2 'Prelude à la nouvelle journée.' - Beinum
WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll - Pierre Monteux
WALTON: Partita for Orchestra - George Szell
WEBERN: Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6 - Hans Rosbaud

Volume 3 (1960-1970)
BACEWICZ: Music for strings, trumpet and percussion - Rowicki
BACH: Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052 - Glen Gould/Mitropoulos
BARTÓK: Concerto for Orchestra - Leinsdorf
BARTOK Violin Concerto No. 1 - Menuhin/Boulez
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8 - Monteux
BERG Three Orchestral Pieces - Rosbaud
BERG: Five Orchestral Songs - Lukomska/Maderna
BRAHMS: Tragic Overture - Monteux
BRITTEN: Les Illuminations - Pears/Colin Davis
DALLAPICCOLA: Variations for Orchestra - Rosbaud
DEBUSSY: Jeux - Boulez
DUTILLEUX: Métaboles - Szell
ESCHER: Nostalgies, Op. 21 - Devos/Haitink
HENZE: Double Concerto for Oboe and Harp - Heinz & Ursula Holliger/Henze
HEPPENER: Eglogues - Jochum
HINDEMITH: Mathis der Maler - Ormandy
KETTING: Symphony No. 1 - Rosbaud
LUTOSLAWSKI: Musique funèbre - Lutoslawski
LUTOSLAWSKI Three Poems of Henri Michaux - NCRV Ens/Waart
LUTOSLAWSKI Jeux vénitiens - Maderna
MAHLER: Symphony No. 7 in E minor - Haitink
MARTIN: The Four Elements - Haitink
MARTIN Six Jedermann Monologues - Vessières/Jochum
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3 - Maderna
MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 3 - Valery Klimov/Ormandy
NONO: Il canto sospeso - Hollweg/van Sante/Lenz/Boulez
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 1 - Ancerl
RAVEL: Shéhérazade - Angeles/Monteux
SCHOENBERG: Piano Concerto - Bruins/König
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 4 in C minor - Rosbaud
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in B minor - Ormandy
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 6 - Kondrashin
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2 - Szell
R. STRAUSS: Don Quixote - Fournier/Szell
STRAVINSKY: Fireworks - Henze
STRAVINSKY Song of the Nightingale - Boulez
VARÉSE: Ionisation - Maderna
VARÉSE Déserts - Maderna
VERDI: Falstaff (Corena/Capecchi/Alva/Freni/Ligabue/Barbieri/Giulini )
VERMEULEN : Symphony No. 1 - Haitink
WAGNER: Brünnhilde's Immolation - Nilsson/Monteux
WEBERN: Four Songs - Lukomska/Maderna
- Victor Borge in Concert

Volume 4 (1970-1980)
BACH Cantata 202 'Weichet nur'(Ameling/Jochum)
BAIRD Variazioni senza tema (Vonk)
BEETHOVEN Symphony 4 (Van Otterloo)
BERG Der Wein (Ameling/Bour)
BERIO Calmo (Dorow/ Masson), Chemins IV ( Herbers/Berio)
BERLIOZ Excerpts from Romeo & Juliette (Giulini)
BON Le Printemps (Alexander/Haitink)
BOULEZ Cummings ist der Dichter (NCRV Vocal Ensemble/Marinus Choir/Amy)
BRAHMS Double Concerto (Krebbers, de Machula/Vonk)
BRAHMS Violin Concerto (Perlman/Van Otterloo)
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9 (Giulini)
CAPLET Épiphanie (Decroos/Fournet)
T. DE LEEUW Symphony of Winds (Haitink)
ELGAR Falstaff (C. Davis)
ESCHER Sinfonia (R de Leeuw)
FRANCK Symphony in D minor (Ancerl)
GINASTERA Harp Concerto (Badings/Lopez Cobos)
HAYDN Symphony No. 92 (Ancerl)
JOLIVET Trumpet Concerto 2 (André/Fournet)
LUTOSLAWSKI Paroles Tisseés (Pears/Lutoslawski)
MADERNA Violin Concerto (Olof/ Masson)
MAHLER Das Klagende Lied (Haitink)
MARTIN Piano Concerto 2 (Badura Skoda/Krips)
MENDELSSOHN Symphony 4. (Kondrashin)
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 4 (Tuckwell/Leitner)
MOZART Symphony No. 35 (Harnoncourt)
RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (Wayenberg/Ancerl)
REGER Serenade (Jochum)
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto (Arrau/ Jochum)
SCHUMANN Symphony 3 (Leitner)
SCRIABIN Le Divin Poème (Kondrashin)
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 4 (Kondrashin)
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7 (Ormandy)
En Saga. (Kondrashin)
STRAVINSKY Concertino for 12 instruments (Spanjaard)
STRAVINSKY Concerto in D (C. Davis)
STRAVINSKY Les Noces (Soloists/choir/de Nobel)
TCHAIKOVSKY Rococo Variations (Rostropovich/Kondrashin)
VAN FLIJMEN Sonata per piano e tre gruppi instrumentali (Bruins/Bour)
WALTON Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten. (Krips)

Volume 5 (1980-1990)
BEETHOVEN Mass in C major, Op. 86 - Sir Colin Davis
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 - Martha Argerich (piano) Neeme Jarvi
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica' - Nikolaus Harnoncourt
BERG 3 Wozzeck-Fragments - Gerd Albrecht
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 - Carlo Maria Giulini
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 6 in A major - Eugen Jochum
DALLAPICCOLA Commiato - Dorothy Dorow (soprano) Lucas Vis
DEBUSSY Images for orchestra - Antal Dorati
DIEPENBROCK Lydian Night - Hans Vonk
ESCHER Largo from Sinfonia i.m. Maurice Ravel, Univers de Rimbaud - Lode Devos (tenor) - Lucas Vis
HARTMANN Concerto Funebre for violin & string orchestra - Theo Olof (violin) Kurt Sanderling
HINDEMITH Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra - George Pieterson (clarinet) Bernard Haitink
KEURIS Catena, Refrains and variations - Edo de Waart
KODALY Dances of Galanta - Werner Herbers (oboe)
MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan' - Leonard Bernstein
MARTINU Symphony No. 6 'Fantaises symphoniques' - Wolfgang Sawallisch
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491 - Alfred Brendel (piano) Bernard Haitink
MOZART Don Giovanni, K527: Overture
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K495 - Nikolaus Harnoncourt
NIELSEN Symphony No. 5, Op. 50 (FS97) - Kirill Kondrashin
RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 - Kirill Kondrashin
RAVEL Valses nobles et sentimentales - Bernard Haitink
RAVEL L'enfant et les sortileges - Charles Dutoit
ROSSINI Le Siege de Corinthe Overture - Riccardo Chailly
ROUSSEL Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42 - Hans Vonk
SCHAT Thema - Werner Herbers (oboe)
SCHOENBERG Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5 - Christoph von Dohnanyi
SCHRECKER Prelude to a Drama - Friedrich Cerha
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485 - Leonard Bernstein
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 'Spring' - Bernard Haitink
SCRIABIN Le Poeme de l'extase, Op. 54 - Antal Dorati
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104 - Sir Colin Davis
R. STRAUSS Die Frau ohne Schatten, Symphonische Phantasie - Erich Leinsdorf
R. STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 - Ivan Fischer
STRAVINSKY Symphony of Psalms - Sir Colin Davis
STRAVINSKY Le Chant du Rossignol - Riccardo Chailly
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathetique' - Antal Dorati
VARESE Hyperprism - Hans Vonk
WEBERN Five Pieces for Orchestra Op. 10 - Carlo Maria Giulini
WEBERN Im sommerwind (Idyl for large orchestra) (1904) - Riccardo Chailly

Volume 6 (1990-2000)
BARTÓK Bluebeard's Castle (Komlósi, Kovács) Ivan Fischer
BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 3 - M. Argerich, Claus Peter Flor
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 - Wolfgang Sawallisch
BERIO Sinfonia - Swingle Singers, Berio
BERLIOZ Les Nuits d'été - A. Murray, Bernard Haitink
BRAHMS Tragic Overture - Nickolas Harnoncourt
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 3 - Kurt Sanderling
DALLAPICCOLA Liriche Greche - L. Shelton, Reinbert de Leeuw
DEBUSSY Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune - Jean Fournet
DIEPENBROCK Hymne an die Nacht No. 2 - N. Stutzmann, Riccardo Chailly
DUTILLEUX L'Arbre des songes - I. van Keulen, Charles Dutoit
ELGAR Symphony No. 2 - Andre Previn
FELDMAN Coptic Light - Peter Eötvös
HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Weber - Riccardo Chailly
IVES 3 Places in New England - John Adams
LOEVENDIE Piano Concerto - R. Brautigam, Riccardo Chailly
LUTOSLAWSKI Concerto for Orchestra - Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
MAHLER Symphony No. 5 - Klaus Tennstedt
MARTIN Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments - Riccardo Chailly
MESSIAEN 3 Petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine - M.A. Hamelin, Charles Dutoit
MOZART Symphony No. 40 - Nikolas Harnoncourt
PIJPER 6 Symphonic Epigrams - Bernard Haitink
RAVEL Ma Mère l'oye - Bernard Haitink
SCHOENBERG 5 Orchestral Pieces , op. 16 - Mariss Jansons
SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht - Pierre Boulez
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9 - John Elliot Gardiner
SCHUMANN Fantasy in C - T. Zehetmaire, Nikolas Harnoncourt
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 - Kurt Sanderling
SCHREKER Vom ewigen Leben - C. Barainsky, Gerd Albrecht
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1 - Georg Solti
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 4 - Paavo Berglund
R. STRAUSS Tod und Verklärung - Kurt Masur
STRAVINSKY Le Baiser de la fée: Divertimento - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
TAKEMITSU A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden - John Adams
WAGNER Rienzi: Overture - Mariss Jansons
ZEMLINSKY Symphonic Songs - W. White, Riccardo Chailly
ZIMMERMANN Trumpet Concerto - P. Masseurs, Edo de Waart

Volume 7 (2000-2010)
ADES Asyla - Conductor: Daniel Harding
BEETHOVEN Symphony no 9 in D minor "Choral" - Conductor: Mariss Jansons
BERIO Rendering - Conductor: Heinz Holliger
BRAHMS Symphony no 4 in E minor - Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
BRITTEN Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 - Conductor: Stefan Asbury
BRUCKNER Symphony no 8 in C minor - Conductor: Zubin Mehta
BUSONI Berceuse elégiaque, Op. 42a - Conductor: Ed Spanjaard
DEBUSSY La mer - Conductor: Bernard Haitink
DIEPENBROCK Elektra: Symphonic Suite - Conductor: Claus Peter Flor
DUTILLEUX Concerto for Cello "Tout un monde lointain" - Godfried Hoogeveen (Cello) Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier
ESCHER Musique pour l'esprit en deuil - Conductor: Bernard Haitink
HAYDN Symphony no 97 in C major - Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
HINDEMITH Konzertmusik for Brass and Strings - Conductor: Kurt Masur
JANACEK Jealousy, Taras Bulba - Conductor: Mark Elder
van KEULEN Tragische Lieder (5) - Detlef Roth (Baritone) Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek, Mariss Jansons
LUTOSLAWSKI Concerto for Piano "For Krystian Zimerman" - Lars Vogt (Piano) Conductor: Daniel Harding
MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde - Robert Dean Smith (Tenor), Anna Larsson (Alto) Conductor: Fabio Luisi
MARTINU Frescoes of Piero della Francesca for Orchestra - Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
MESSIAEN Les offrandes oubliées - Conductor: George Benjamin
MOZART Symphony no 41 in C major "Jupiter" - Conductor: Iván Fischer
NAS No reason to panic, for orchestra - Conductor: David Robertson
PROKOFIEV Autumnal Sketch, Op. 8 - Conductor: David Robertson
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2 - Conductor: Mariss Jansons
RIHM Marsyas: Rhapsody for Trumpet, Percussion and Orchestra - Conductor: George Benjamin
SCHAT Symphony no 3, Op. 45 "Gamelan" - Conductor: Hans Vonk
SCHUBERT Symphony no 3 in D major - Conductor: Iván Fischer
SCHUMANN Symphony no 2 in C major - Conductor: Kurt Masur
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony no 13 in B flat minor "Babi Yar" - Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone) Conductor: Kurt Masur
SIBELIUS Pohjola's daughter, Op. 49 - Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
SIBELIUS Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 - Conductor: Paavo Berglund
R. STRAUSS Symphonia domestica - Conductor: Lorin Maazel
R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier: Suite - Conductor: Mariss Jansons
STRAVINSKY Oedipus rex - Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
STRAVINSKY Concerto for Violin in D major - Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
SZYMANOWSKI Concerto for Violin no 1, Op. 35 - Vesko Eschkenazy (Violin) Conductor: Mark Elder
VERBEY Lied for Trombone and Orchestra - Jorgen Van Rijen (Trombone) Conductor: Markus Stenz
WEBERN Pieces (6) for orchestra, Op. 6 - Conductor: Pierre Boulez
ZUIDAM Adam-Interludes, for orchestra - Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher

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WAIT, THERE'S MORE.

It also includes 5 volumes devoted to Music Directors:

1) Willem Mengelberg
BACH: Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056 (Agi Jambor, April 17, 1939)
BACH: "Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten" BWV 202 (To van der Sluys, April 17, 1939)
BARTÓK: Violin Concerto No. 2 (Zoltán SzÈkely, March 23, 1939)
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor "Choral" (To van der Sluys, Suze Luger, Louis van Tulder, Willem Ravelli/Amsterdam Toonkunstkoor, May 31, 1938)
BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture (April 29, 1943)
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat "Emperor" (Cor de Groot, May 9, 1942)
BERLIOZ: Excerpts from The Damnation of Faust (March 21, 1943)
BLOCH: Violin Concerto (Joseph Szigeti, November 9, 1939)
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3, Op. 90 (February 27, 1944)
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 (Hermann Krebbers, April 13, 1943)
BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 G Minor (Giula Bustabo, October 27, 1940)
CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor (Theo van der Pas, April 9, 1943)
DEBUSSY: Fantaisie (Walter Gieseking, October 6, 1938)
GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (April 15, 1943)
KODÁLY: Háry János Suite (December 12, 1940)
KODÁLY: Peacock Variations (Nov. 23, 1939)
MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 (Jo Vincent, November 9, 1939)
MAHLER Symphony No. 5 - Adagietto (Columbia rec. May 1926)
MAHLER: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Hermann Schey, November 23, 1939)
MOZART: Flute Concerto No. 2 in D, k314 (Hubert Barwahser, March 5, 1942)
MOZART: Die Zauberflote Overture (March 5, 1942)
MOZART: "Bella mia fiamma" k528 (Ria Ginster, March 5, 1942)
PESTALOZZA: "Ciribiribin" (Grace Moore, June 6, 1936)
PUCCINI: "Un bel di vedremo" from Madama Butterfly (Grace Moore, June 6, 1936)
RAVEL: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 (October 6, 1938)
SCHUBERT: "Liebe schwarmt auf allen Wegen" from Claudine von Villa Bella + "Standchen" from Rosamunde (Betty van den Bosch-Schmidt, December 19, 1940)
STRAUSS: Death & Transfiguration, Op. 24 (Telefunken rec. April 1942)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64 (November 26, 1939)
WAGENAAR: De getemde feeks Overture (October 10, 1940)
WAGNER: Tannh"user Overture (August 10, 1940)
WEBER: Oberon Overture (Oct. 13, 1940)
Bonus DVD: BERLIOZ Rakoczy March, BIZET L'Arlesienne - Adagietto, WEBER Oberon Overture (March, 1931) - Not included in the mega-box.

2) Eduard van Beinum
ANDRIESSEN: Symphony No. 4 (October 19, 1955)
ANDRIESSEN: Miroir de Peine (Irma Kolassi, December 21, 1952)
BACH: Cantata No. 56 BWV 56 (Mack Harrell, February 19, 1939)
BACH: Concerto in D Minor BWV 1952 (Dinu Lipatti, October 2, 1947)
BACH: Concerto in C Minor for Two Keyboards BWV 1060 (Eduard van Beinum/Johannes den Hergor, December 11, 1939)
BADINGS: Cello Concerto No. 2 (Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp, March 27, 1941)
BARTÓK: Concerto for Orchestra (Decca recording September 10, 1948)
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor (Solomon, December 18, 1952)
BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D (Zino Francescatti, March 19, 1958)
BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture (October 11, 1954)
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor (October 25, 1951)
DEBUSSY: Images (December 19, 1948)
DEBUSSY: La Mer (January 30, 1941)
DEBUSSY: Printemps (July 8, 1942)
DIEPENBROCK: Te Deum (Erna Spoorenberg, Nan Merriman, Ernst Haefliger, Laurens Bogtman, Toonkunstkoor, October 7, 1956)
ESCHER: Musique pour l'esprit en deuil (Sept. 1, 1954)
FRANCK: Symphonic excerpts from Psyche (May 15, 1941)
FRANCK: Symphonic Variations (Gerard Hengeveld, pianist,December 3, 1939)
HENKEMANS: Viola Concerto (Klaas Boon, April 24, 1956)
LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A (Josef Pembaur, September 8, 1935)
R. MENGELBERG: Salve Regina (To van der Sluys, October 2, 1939
MOZART: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor - rehearsal (September 20, 1956)
MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D (Yehudi Menuhin, June 8, 1956)
PIJPER: Symphony No. 3 (October 2, 1957)
RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G (Cor de Groot, November 28, 1940)
RAVEL: Daphnis and Chloe Suite 2 (October 11, 1954).
REGER: Ballet Suite, Op. 130 (July 18, 1943).
RESPIGHI: Fountains of Rome (October 16, 1949).
SCHOENBERG: Five Orchestral Pieces, Op. 16 (October 12, 1951).
SCHUBERT: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965 (Jo Vincentr, July 7, 1940).
SCHUBERT: Rosamunde - Entr'acte Act 3 & Ballet Music No. 2 (July 7, 1940).
STEPHAN: Musik für Geige und Orchester (George Kulenkampff, January 4, 1940).
STRAVINSKY: Firebird Suite (May 13, 1948).
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor (February 13, 1941 & May 26, 1940).
TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet (June 6, 1940).
VERDI: "Ella giamai m'amò" from Don Carlos (Boris Christoff, April 18, 1956).
Bonus DVD: BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E Flat "Eroica" (telecast May 5, 1957) - Not included in the mega-box.

3) Bernard Haitink
4) Riccardo Chailly
5) Mariss Jansons - I haven't found contents listings for the last three boxes.

BOO! The Mengelberg and Beinum boxes originally included a bonus DVD.
No DVDs in the mega-box.
You will be missing:
Mengelberg: BERLIOZ Rakoczy March, BIZET L'Arlesienne - Adagietto, WEBER Oberon Overture (March, 1931)
Beinum: BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E Flat "Eroica" (telecast May 5, 1957)

Confession: I don't own the mega-box.
I already have Volumes 1-5 (1935-1990) plus the separate boxes devoted to Mengelberg and Beinum.

Unfortunately, by 1990 the world was starting to run out of interesting guest conductors.
Volume 6 (1990-2000) has Tennstedt and Sanderling, but that's the end for me.

Yes, I admit it - I'm old and cranky.

* The Twelve Original Boxes:

Chief Conductors:
1) Willem Mengelberg: William Mengelberg & Concertgebouw Orchestra Live: The Radio Recordings 1936-1943 - or - Live Radio Recordings (Bonus Dvd)
2) Eduard van Beinum: Eduard Van Beinum:Radio Record
3) Bernard Haitink: Live: The Radio Recordings
4) Riccardo Chailly: RICCARDO CHAILLY LIVE THE RADIO RECORDINGS
5) Mariss Jansons: Mariss Jansons Live The Radio Recordings 1990-2014 (14 CDs and 1DVD)

Guest Conductors:
Vol 1: currently out-of-print, 1935-1950 = ASIN:B00008W3U8
Vol 2: Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol. 2: Live the Radio Recordings - or - ASIN:B0001DMWG6
Vol 3: Anthology Live 1960-70: Royal Concertgebouw
Vol 4: Anthology Live 1970-80: Royal Concertgebouw
Vol 5: Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Live, Vol. 5: 1980-1990
Vol 6: ASIN: B0056WOZQM
Vol 7: ASIN: B009SQ483M

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