Eduard Van Beinum:Radio Record Import, Box set
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Eduard Van Beinem - Live - The Radio Recordings . Release Date: 11/21/2000 . Label: Q Disc . Catalog #: 97015 . Spars Code: n/a Composer: Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Franz Liszt, Johann Sebastian Bach, ... Performer: Josef Pembaur, Mack Harrell, Boris Christoff, Jo Vincent, ... Conductor: Eduard Van Beinum Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Number of Discs: 12 Recorded in: n/a . FOR FURTHER INFO OR TRACK DETAILS PLEASE REFER TO OUR PICTURES.
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Radio Netherlands eventually issued twelve boxes, one for each of the orchestra's chief conductors: Mengelberg, Beinum, Haitink, Chailly and Janssons,
plus seven boxes devoted to guest conductors, 1935-2010. *
The Mengelberg and Beinum boxes, and four of the Guest Conductor boxes (covering 1935-1980)
BUT the CD contents for all twelve boxes have recently been reissued in an insanely expensive 152 CD mega-box: The Radio Legacy - Limited Edition
Unfortunately, the mega-box does not include the two DVDs that came with with the Mengelberg and Beinum boxes.
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)
* The Twelve Original Boxes:
1) Willem Mengelberg: William Mengelberg & Concertgebouw Orchestra Live: The Radio Recordings 1936-1943 - or - Live Radio Recordings (Bonus Dvd)
2) Eduard van Beinum: the box under review.
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)
Vol 1: currently out-of-print, 1935-1950 = ASIN:B00008W3U8
Vol 2: Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol. 2: Live the Radio Recordings 1950-1960
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
As others have suggested, Beinum's strengths lie in orchestral balance and blending, and an avoidance of excessive drama. I find him similar to Ansermet, another undervalued conductor, who like Beinum had a skill with transparent textures and memorable performances of Stravinsky, Bartok and Brahms. Neither had a bold approach that was easy to describe (ala Mengelberg, Furtwangler, Toscanini). Ansermet came later and has higher fidelity recordings. However Beinum had the great Concertgebouw Orchestra at his disposal, especially its celebrated wind playing.
Newcomers to Beinum's art surely should go for his studio recordings first. The earlier discs here (pre-WW2) are sonically limited, but even La Mer (Jan 1941) gets a beautifully nuanced performance, as does 3 Images. The Brahms first symphony isn't played for pyrotechnics as some might approach the work, but offers strands of mystical beauty not often enough evoked by others. Lesser known works by Henk Badings, Rudolf Mengelberg, and Hendrik Andriessen (newish music of the day) are worth hearing but not enough to sell it.