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Eduard Van Beinum Great Condu


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  • Audio CD (May 27 2003)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00008XRT1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,382 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Overture - Eduard Van Beinum
2. I. Adagio - Allegro - Eduard Van Beinum
3. II. Andante - Eduard Van Beinum
4. III. Scherzo. Presto - Piu Lento - Eduard Van Beinum
5. IV. Allegro Moderato - Eduard Van Beinum
6. I. Allegro Non Troppo - Eduard Van Beinum
7. II. Adagio Non Troppo - L'istesso Tempo, Ma Grazioso - Eduard Van Beinum
8. III. Allegretto Grazioso (Quasi Andantino) - Presto Ma Non Assai - Tempo I - Eduard Van Beinum
9. IV. Allegro Con Spirito - Eduard Van Beinum
Disc: 2
1. Ouverture - Jan Damen
2. Don Juan, Op.20 - Jan Damen
3. I. The Sea And Sindbad's Ship - Jan Damen
4. II. The Story Of The Kalender Prince - Jan Damen
5. III. The Young Prince And The Young Princess - Jan Damen
6. IV. Festival Of Baghdad - The Sea - The Shipwreck On A Rock Surmounted By A Bronze Warrior - Conclusion - Jan Damen
7. Cockaigne (In London Town), Op.40 - London Philharmonic Orchestra

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By R. Baker on April 16 2004
You would think that a series devoted to "Great Conductors" would be making a case for that claim. This van Beinum set oddly pulls its punches in that respect. Put his Brahms First (1958) and Bruckner Eighth (1956) -- both currently unavailable -- in the package and add, say, some live performances of Debussy and you would have a set of performances that would stand up to any. Instead, we get Scheherazade and some overture bon-bons, an early Schubert symphony (not bad, but you should hear Beinum's Schubert Third!) along with a live Brahms Second.
Add to this a gratuitous quote in the notes from the omnipresent -- though long dead -- John Culshaw to the effect that Beinum was not really a very exciting conductor, and you have to wonder what case these people were trying to make.
A hint: All this repertoire, with the exception of the live Brahms performance, was included in a commemorative 8 LP box set by Philips a number of years ago. This suggest that not a lot of original thought, or care, went into the selections. (And perhaps a ready-made package deal on release rights did?)
The bottom line in all this is that at mid-price the set is worth it for the Scherazade alone. But in no way is it representative of van Beinum's art.
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It's sad that the "Great Conductors of the 20th Century" reissue series has not gotten more notice on Amazon and in other places, because it has my vote for the best reissue program thus far of the 21st Century. Drawing from the archives of all the major classical labels (EMI, Sony, BMG, DG, Decca, Philips, Supraphon, etc.), EMI and IMG Artists have assembled a wonderful series of affordable two-disc sets by the leading conductors of the last century. And unlike its counterpart, "The Great Pianists of the 20th Century," which are basically compilations of material already available on other CDs, the "Great Conductors" features rare and, for the most part, previously unreleased performances! And as if that wasn't enough, the most recent volumes (beginning with no. 26) are now available at mid-line instead of full-price!
This particular CD, Volume 26, features the great Eduard Van Beinum, best remembered as Willem Mengelberg's successor at the Concertgebouw. Unfortunately, Van Beinum died of a heart attack at the age of 58 in 1959 leaving us precious few recordings, particularly ones in stereo. The previous reviewer has spared me the arduous task of detailing the contents of this collection, but he has also been a bit harsh in his assessment of this set. I have deeply enjoyed and learned much from this and other critiques by the previous reviewer. Certainly this material isn't essential, but by giving a two-star review he misses the spirit of this reissue. In a world of increasingly homogenized classical music sections, it is a wonder that these collections have been issued at all. Thankfully they have so a new generation of classical devotees, like myself, can now benefit from their availability.
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Note: Based on a combination of relistening, reflecting and the concerned comments of a fellow Amazon reviewer--I do agree with him that my initial rating was too rough--I have decided to revise that rating (as indicated above). The text of my review, as it was originally written, has not changed... Right off, I will say that all of the selections here were well recorded, except for the Don Juan (more about later). I am not very familiar with Thomas' Mignon Overture, a seemingly attractive piece, but Van Beinum makes it sound pleasant enough. In the Schubert Sixth Symphony, there is an odd juxtaposition of interpretive traits. Not infrequently, Van Beinum alternates between being too formal and pounding the daylights out of things. With charm and elegance on a holiday there's not much class to his Schubert. I had high hopes for the Brahms Second, since I have the mono recording Van Beinum made of it at about the same time this live performance was taped. That studio version was very fine. This audience take, however, finds the conductor curiously uninvolved in the first two movements. There is some animation in the third movement but not much grace. Only in the last movement, where there is a rousing conclusion, do things come alive.
The second disc opens with Nicolai's Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor. In the beginning there is a strident sounding horn. At times, Van Beinum seems to push the music rather than let it unfold naturally. I don't think he is too comfortable here...With the Don Juan, things start with a rather closed in sound, and stay that way. The voltage seems turned down, and the usually tender opening violin passage that ushers in the wonderfully romantic portion of Don is truncated.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Puzzling selections April 16 2004
By R. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
You would think that a series devoted to "Great Conductors" would be making a case for that claim. This van Beinum set oddly pulls its punches in that respect. Put his Brahms First (1958) and Bruckner Eighth (1956) -- both currently unavailable -- in the package and add, say, some live performances of Debussy and you would have a set of performances that would stand up to any. Instead, we get Scheherazade and some overture bon-bons, an early Schubert symphony (not bad, but you should hear Beinum's Schubert Third!) along with a live Brahms Second.
Add to this a gratuitous quote in the notes from the omnipresent -- though long dead -- John Culshaw to the effect that Beinum was not really a very exciting conductor, and you have to wonder what case these people were trying to make.
A hint: All this repertoire, with the exception of the live Brahms performance, was included in a commemorative 8 LP box set by Philips a number of years ago. This suggest that not a lot of original thought, or care, went into the selections. (And perhaps a ready-made package deal on release rights did?)
The bottom line in all this is that at mid-price the set is worth it for the Scherazade alone. But in no way is it representative of van Beinum's art.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Somewhat dissapointing Sept. 10 2003
By Jeffrey Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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All of the selections here were well recorded, except for the Don Juan (more about later). I am not very familiar with Thomas' Mignon Overture, a seemingly attractive piece, but Van Beinum makes it sound pleasant enough. In the Schubert Sixth Symphony, there is an odd juxtaposition of interpretive traits. Not infrequently, Van Beinum alternates between being too formal and pounding the daylights out of things. With charm and elegance on a holiday there's not much class to his Schubert. I had high hopes for the Brahms Second, since I have the mono recording Van Beinum made of it at about the same time this live performance was taped. That studio version was very fine. This audience take, however, finds the conductor a bit low key in the first two movements. There is some animation in the third movement but not much grace. Only in the last movement, where there is a rousing conclusion, do things come alive.

The second disc opens with Nicolai's Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor. At times, Van Beinum seems to push the music rather than let it unfold naturally. With the Don Juan, things start with a rather closed in sound and stay that way. The voltage seems turned down, and the usually tender opening violin passage that ushers in the wonderfully romantic portion of Don is truncated. From there to the work's end there doesn't appear to be much life, the dully engineered recording itself being partly responsible...The Scheherazade is really pretty decent, but it is up against some tough competition. For color, adventurousness and charming, exotic warmth try Stokowski(his version with the London Symphony, not the Royal Philharmonic), Reiner, Beecham or Ansermet...Finally, there is Elgar's Cockaigne, one of my favorite overtures. Van Beinum slides through too quickly in some passages, but his performance is generally quite good though it misses the affection of Barbirolli and the swagger of Solti in their accounts.

In closing, although I feel let down by a number of these performances, my admiration for Van Beinum remains undiminished. I've heard too many very fine things from him. I think he deserved better treatment in terms of what was chosen to be represented on these discs. I am aware of an exceptional Mendelssohn "Italian" Symphony and colorful Midsummer Night's Dream he made as well as some superb late Bruckner Symphonies, a very dynamic and atmospheric Debussy combo including La Mer and Nocturnes, a lovely Schubert Rosamunde and what I consider to be one of the most outstanding stereo Brahms Firsts I've ever heard. He also recorded an excellent stereo Brahms Fourth. Look in these and some other places for the best of Van Beinum's legacy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great Conductors of 20th Century = Best Reissues of the 21st Sept. 18 2003
By Michael B. Richman - Published on Amazon.com
It's sad that the "Great Conductors of the 20th Century" reissue series has not gotten more notice on Amazon and in other places, because it has my vote for the best reissue program thus far of the 21st Century. Drawing from the archives of all the major classical labels (EMI, Sony, BMG, DG, Decca, Philips, Supraphon, etc.), EMI and IMG Artists have assembled a wonderful series of affordable two-disc sets by the leading conductors of the last century. And unlike its counterpart, "The Great Pianists of the 20th Century," which are basically compilations of material already available on other CDs, the "Great Conductors" features rare and, for the most part, previously unreleased performances! And as if that wasn't enough, the most recent volumes (beginning with no. 26) are now available at mid-line instead of full-price!
This particular CD, Volume 26, features the great Eduard Van Beinum, best remembered as Willem Mengelberg's successor at the Concertgebouw. Unfortunately, Van Beinum died of a heart attack at the age of 58 in 1959 leaving us precious few recordings, particularly ones in stereo. The previous reviewer has spared me the arduous task of detailing the contents of this collection, but he has also been a bit harsh in his assessment of this set. I have deeply enjoyed and learned much from this and other critiques by the previous reviewer. Certainly this material isn't essential, but by giving a two-star review he misses the spirit of this reissue. In a world of increasingly homogenized classical music sections, it is a wonder that these collections have been issued at all. Thankfully they have so a new generation of classical devotees, like myself, can now benefit from their availability.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
o ye of little faith April 4 2013
By Dabí Sánchez - Published on Amazon.com
What are the complaints about? This is a magnificent selection of music. Even van Beinum, whose recorded legacy is on the small side, left so many records that representing him on a two-disc set--the idea of the Great Conductors series--is going to be difficult. Why not be pleased for what's there? Every one of these selections is a gem--including a major reading of the Schubert "not-so-little" C-major symphony, a truly outstanding Brahms Second from a live concert, and a luxurious rendering of Scheherazade. The strings of the Concertgebouw make you jump for joy in the overtures, including Thomas's rarely-heard "Mignon". The nay-saying reviews here do not have the beginning listener's interest at heart. These are fabulous performances by one of the most genial conductors who ever lived--in clean, handsome mono sound and, for now anyway, at quite a low price. What's not to like?

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