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Vol. 2-Live Radio Recordings 1950-1960 Import

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  • Audio CD (April 3 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 14
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B0000UAZD2
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Volumes 1-2 Contents Listing Oct. 13 2012
By John Fowler the Obsessive Compulsive Reviewer - Published on
This collection is listed twice on Amazon, with different ASIN numbers and different prices.
The product is identical.
Check both listings before ordering.

Radio Netherlands has issued a 7 volume anthology of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, 1935-2010.
The first 2 volumes (1935-1960) were on Q-Disc, Volumes 3-7 (1960-2010) are on RCO Live.
The first 4 volumes have apparently been deleted.

Update: All 7 volumes, plus an additional 5 devoted to the orchestra's chief conductors, have been reissued in an insanely expensive 152 CD set: The Radio Legacy - Limited Edition

Volumes 1 and 2 cover the last 10 years of the Mengelberg era (1935-45) and all of the Beinum era (1945-59).
The orchestra had a remarkable array of guest conductors during this time.

The only drawback I can see is that the Dutch government, in exchange for their subsidy, apparently required the orchestra to play a lot of contemporary Dutch music.
It hasn't aged that well.
There is more of it in Volume 2 than Volume 1, but the situation really got out of hand beginning with Volume 3.
I had almost forgotten how sucky contemporary music was back in the sixties.

Volume I (1935-1950)
WAGNER: Flying Dutchman Overture (Bruno Walter, 15/3/36). BUSONI: Violin Concerto (Adolf Busch/Bruno Walter, 12/3/36). RAVEL: Concerto for the Left Hand (Paul Wittgenstein/Bruno Walter, 28/2/37). WEBER: Konzertstück in F Minor (Lili Kraus/Bruno Walter, 19/10/39). STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks (Paul Paray, 18/1/40). ROSSELLINI: Stampe della vecchia Roma (Paul van Kempen, 17/12/42). RAVEL: Mother Goose Suite (Ernest Ansermet, 19/2/40). FRANCK: Symphony (Willem Mengelberg, 3/10/40). BERLIOZ: Benvenuto Cellini Overture (Pierre Monteux, 12/10/39). SAINT-SAËNS: Piano Concerto No. 4 (Robert Casadesus/Pierre Monteux, 12/10/39). DEBUSSY: La Mer (Pierre Monteux, 12/10/39). FRANCK: Les Eolides (Pierre Monteux, 12/10/39). MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde (Kerstin Thorborg/Carl Martin Oehman/Carl Schuricht, 5/10/39). MALIPIERO: Cello Concerto (Enrico Mainardi/Eduard van Beinum, 12/1/41). REGER: Böcklin Suite (Herman Abendroth, 20/2/41). ELGAR: Enigma Variations (Adrian Boult, 29/2/40). HONEGGER: Pastoral d'été (Jan Koetsier, 22/7/43). HAYDN: Piano Concerto in D (Gerard Hengeveld/Jan Koetsier, 22/7/43). MOZART: Symphony No. 40 (Eugen Jochum, 23 & 24/6/43). STRAUSS: Don Juan (Herbert von Karajan, Sept. 1943). OTTERLOO: Sinfonietta (Willam van Otterloo, 16/1/44). REGER: Violin Concerto (Georg Kuhlenkampff/Willem van Otterloo, 16/l/44). BRAHMS: Academic Festival Overture (Jan Koetsier, 5/3/44). MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 (Bruno Walter, 16/10/47). MENDELSSOHN: Fingal's Cave Overture (Otto Klemperer, 4/12/47). BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 (Otto Klemperer, 4/12/47). WAGENAAR: Cyrano de Bergerac Overture (George Szell, 1/7/48). ANDRIESSEN: Organ Concerto (Hendrik Andriessen/Pierre Monteux, 1/11/50). HINDEMITH: Symphony in E Flat (Paul Hindemith, 12/1/49). SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 7 (Rafael Kubelik, 9/2/50). BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 1 (Wilhelm Furtwängler, 13/7/50). BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 (Erich Kleiber, 28/4/50). BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3 (Wilhelm Furtwängler, 13/7/50). BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 (Wilhelm Furtwängler, 13/7/50).

Volume II (1950-1960)
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77. Nathan Mistein, violinist/Pierre Monteux, cond. {Oct. 12, 1950}. DVORAK: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70. Rafael Kubelik, cond. {Feb. 2, 1950}. DEBUSSY: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture. DE FALLA: El Amor Brujo. BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73. Leopold Stokowski, cond. {July 5, 1951}. TANSMAN: Musique pour orchestra. Rafael Kubelik, cond. {Mar. 23, 1950}. RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18. Julius Katchen, pianist/Rafael Kubelik, cond. {June 3, 1951}. JANACEK: Taras Bulba. Rafael Kubelik, cond. {June 16, 1951}. HENKEMANS: Violin Concerto. Theo Olof, violinist/Eduard Van Beinum {Dec. 23, 1951}. BEETHOVEN: Ah, perfido, Op. 65. Gre Brouwenstijn, soprano/Otto Klemperer, cond. {April 26, 1951}. Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92. Josef Krips, cond. (May 24, 1952). MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64. Isaac Stern, violinist/Rafael Kubelik, cond. {June 21, 1951}. VAN DER HORST: Symphony No. 1, Op. 23. Eduard van Beinum, cond. {Oct. 18, 1951). BARTÓK: Viola Concerto. William Primrose, violist/Otto Klemperer, cond. {Jan. 11, 1951}. MOZART: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550. Bruno Walter, cond. {June 6, 1952}. MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 in G major. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano/Bruno Walter, cond. {June 6, 1952}. STRAUSS: Don Juan, Op. 20. Bruno Walter, cond {June 6, 1952}). BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 3 in D minor. Rafael Kubelik, cond. {Jan. 28, 1954}. SCHOENBERG: Transfigured Night, Op. 4. Otto Klemperer, cond. {July 7, 1953}. RAVEL: Daphnis and Chloe. Pierre Monteux, cond. {June 23, 1955}. WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll. Pierre Monteux, cond. {Feb. 19, 1953}. HENKEMANS: Harp Concerto. Phia Berghout, harpist/Eduard van Beinum, cond. {Dec. 19, 1956}. MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E Flat, K. 482. Annie Fischer, pianist/Otto Klemperer, cond. {July 12, 1956}. MOZART: Ch'io mi scordi di te / Non temer, amato bene, KV 505. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano/Otto Klemperer, cond. {Feb. 6, 1957}. MAHLER: Symphony No. 3 in D minor. Maureen Forrester, contralto; Toonkunstkoor Amsterdam; Boys Choir Zanglust/Eduard van Beinum, cond. {July 14, 1957}. VERMEULEN: Passacaille et Cortège from 'De vliegende Hollander.' (Eduard van Beinum, cond. {Mar. 17, 1957}. Symphony No. 2 'Prelude à la nouvelle journée.' Eduard van Beinum, cond. {July 5, 1956}. DRESDEN: Dansflitsen. Rafael Kubelik, cond. {Jan. 28, 1954}. CHAUSSON: Poème, Op. 25. Arthur Grumiaux, violinist/George Szell, cond. {Nov. 28, 1958}. WALTON: Partita for Orchestra. George Szell, cond. {Nov. 27, 1958}. STRAUSS: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30. Dimitri Mitropoulos, cond. {Aug. 10, 1958}. WEBERN: Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6. Hans Rosbaud, cond. {July 2, 1959}. BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 2 in C minor. Bernard Haitink, cond. {July 9, 1959}. SCHOENBERG: Variations for Orchestra. Hans Rosbaud, cond. {June 26, 1958}. BARTOK: Miraculous Mandarin Suite. Antal Dorati, cond. {Jan. 30, 1958}. RAVEL: La valse. George Szell, cond. {Nov. 28, 1957}.

Vol 1: currently out-of-print, 1935-1950 = ASIN:B00008W3U8
Vol 2: the box under review.
Vol 3: Anthology Live 1960-70: Royal Concertgebouw
Vol 4: Anthology Live 1970-80: Royal Concertgebouw
Vol 5: Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Vol 5: The Radio Recordings 1980-1990
Vol 6: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Anthology Live 1990-2000
Vol 7: Anthology of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 7, 2000-2010

Chief Conductors:
1) Willem Mengelberg: Live Radio Recordings (Bonus Dvd)
2) Eduard van Beinum: Eduard van Beinum & Concertgebouw Orchestra Live: The Radio Recordings 1935-1958
3) Bernard Haitink: Live: The Radio Recordings
4) Riccardo Chailly:
5) Mariss Jansons:
- I can't find the Chailly and Jansons boxes on Amazon.
Pretty sure they are out there, but confusingly identified. Help!

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