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Beethoven: Symphonies No 6 & 8 / Mengelberg, Concertgebouw


Release Date: 04/09/2002 
Label:  Opus Kura   Catalog #: 2016   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

From 1926 to 1932, Willem Mengelberg made recordings with his own Concertgebouw Orchestra for British Columbia, but recordings of large-scale works were very limited. At the time electric recording had just been introduced and the demand for longer works was not very great. The recording sessions at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam usually took place only once a year in May or June and usually for only one or two days. Several works were recorded at each session but due to the limited time available, larger compositions, like symphonies or concertos were impossible to record. Amsterdam's more remote location did not help the situation either. But then, Mengelberg reached an agreement with German Telefunken and it was under this contract that Read more he began to record longer works. By the time the War began, he had recorded six of Beethoven's nine symphonies, more than any of his peers at the time, Toscanini, Walter or Furtwangler. As with all Opus Kura releases, listening to this wonderful new transfer is like listening to these magical performances for the first time. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1938 
Length: 36 Minutes 44 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1938 
Length: 24 Minutes 35 Secs. 

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