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Beethoven: Symphony No 4 & 5 / Mengelberg, Et Al


Release Date: 02/22/2005 
Label:  Opus Kura   Catalog #: 2014   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mengelberg made recordings with his Concertgebouw Orchestra for British Columbia from 1926 to 1932, but recordings of larger works were very limited. The recording sessions took place once a year, in May or June, usually for only one or two days. He recorded several works each time, but due to the limited time available, longer compositions, like symphonies or concertos, were almost impossible to record. In London, Vienna, Berlin and New York, recording studios and halls were more readily available for recording long, and frequent sessions. Amsterdam was too remote to have similar sessions. This is the reason Mengelberg left only three symphony recordings for Columbia. Mengelberg began his recordings of the Beethoven symphonies with his Read more Concertgebouw Orchestra after he entered into a new contract with the German Telefunken label. In total, he made recordings of six of the Beethoven nine and it is a portion of these recordings which are included here. As you can hear, Mengelberg is most impressive in expressing Beethovenís strength and masculine style. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1937 
Venue:  Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Length: 30 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1937 
Venue:  Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Length: 32 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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