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Willem Mengelberg - Conductor


Release Date: 10/29/2002 
Label:  Andante   Catalog #: 2966   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Hector BerliozRichard WagnerFranz LisztFranz von Suppé,   ... 
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 33 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Performances by the mercurial Mengelberg and his Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, are a trove of ecstatic statement -- the greatest Les Preludes ever, with the Concertgebouw Orchestra's 1929 brass section storming the heavens."
-- Los Angeles Weekly (USA)

This 3-CD set highlights the inimitable artistry of Dutch conductor Willem Mengelberg, who led Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Orchestra for an unprecedented 50 years (1895-1945). The repertoire features Romantic favorites and rarely heard pieces by early 20th-century Dutch composers; the highlights include a Beethoven "Eroica" Symphony from 1940 and an entire disc of Tchaikovsky in recordings ranging from 1928 to 1940. Through this set, music
Read more lovers can rediscover one of the legendary names from the Golden Age of interpretation, one whose performances were often idiosyncratic to the point of controversy but who always elicited spirited, state-of-the-art playing from the ensemble he virtually created, the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The handsomely illustrated, 84-page booklet includes an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tim Page, a thought-provoking essay by American writer Harry Haskell ("Mengelberg and the Concertgebouw Orchestra: A Virtuoso and His Instrument") and detailed artist biographies from "The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians."
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Works on This Recording

1. La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Rákóczy March by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Date of Recording: 04/16/1942 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2. Lohengrin: Act 2 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/10/1927 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 8 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3. Les préludes, S 97 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848/1854; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1929 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 15 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4. Dichter und Bauer: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/11/1932 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 8 Minutes 55 Secs. 
5. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/13/1940 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6. Ciaconna gotica by Cornelis Dopper
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 04/12/1940 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 19 Minutes 54 Secs. 
7. Early Netherlands Dances (6), Op. 46 by Julius Röntgen
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 11/11/1940 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
8. Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48: 2nd movement, Waltz by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/07/1938 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
9. Alceste: Overture by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/24/1935 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
10. Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/11/1940 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 45 Minutes 37 Secs. 
11. Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/30/1930 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
12. Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 1, Overture (D 644) by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/30/1938 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 17 Secs. 
13. Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/10/1928 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 44 Minutes 38 Secs. 
14. Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/30/1930 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 18 Minutes 54 Secs. 
15. 1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/11/1940 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 15 Minutes 35 Secs. 

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