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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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HASH(0x98b93120) out of 5 stars Volumes 1-2 Contents Listing Oct. 13 2012
By John Fowler the Obsessive Compulsive Reviewer - Published on
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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!
By jgus - Published on
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I will never regret getting this marginal sounding set. The list of works is fantastic and unusual. The best of conductors are featured here giving definitive versions of the works. Outstanding are the two Bruckner symphonies. Also it is nice to hear some of the unknown Dutch composers' works.

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