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Mengelberg Conducts Beethoven & Schubert

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Thanks to producer and engineer Mark Obert-Thorn and the Naxos label, the historic performances of Willem Mengelberg and the Concertgebouw Orchestra can now be heard with stunning clarity and substantial resonance. Transferred from a variety of shellac pressings, these Columbia and Telefunken recordings made between 1927 to 1942 are, by and large, free of extraneous noise, murkiness, and distortion. Though the sound is still compressed, this unavoidable difficulty is easy enough to surmount, considering all the other advantages Obert-Thorn offers us in his wide-frequency restorations. Mengelberg's Beethoven is vital and compelling, particularly in the powerful ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Thanks to producer and engineer Mark Obert-Thorn and the Naxos label, the historic performances of Willem Mengelberg and the Concertgebouw Orchestra can now be heard with stunning clarity and substantial resonance. Transferred from a variety of shellac pressings, these Columbia and Telefunken recordings made between 1927 to 1942 are, by and large, free of extraneous noise, murkiness, and distortion. Though the sound is still compressed, this unavoidable difficulty is easy enough to surmount, considering all the other advantages Obert-Thorn offers us in his wide-frequency restorations. Mengelberg's Beethoven is vital and compelling, particularly in the powerful performances of the "Coriolan" and "Egmont" overtures. The "Leonore Overture No. 3" is also exciting and surprisingly expansive, its full length held intact through precise editing of the original 78s. The second movement of Beethoven's "Symphony No. 8," the earliest recording here, offers remarkable sound quality for 1927, and Mengelberg's witty rendition is highly enjoyable, despite the presence of hiss. While details of the "Turkish March" from the the "Ruins of Athens" and of Schubert's "Marche Militaire" are less consistently clear due to their noisy original dubbings, the performances are still entertaining. The "Rosamunde Overture" rivals the "Leonore No. 3" in judicious editing, and the full restoration reveals this legendary conductor and his beloved orchestra in splendid form.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2003
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 636943186428
  • Catalog Number: 8110864

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus), ballet, Op. 43: Overture - Willem Mengelberg & Ludwig van Beethoven (4:44)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byWillem Mengelberg
    Performed byWillem Mengelberg, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
  2. 2 Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus), ballet, Op. 43: Allegretto - Willem Mengelberg & Ludwig van Beethoven (1:39)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byWillem Mengelberg
    Performed byWillem Mengelberg, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
  3. 3 Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus), ballet, Op. 43: Finale - Willem Mengelberg & Ludwig van Beethoven (3:08)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byWillem Mengelberg
    Performed byWillem Mengelberg, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
  4. 4 Coriolan Overture, Op. 62 - Willem Mengelberg & Ludwig van Beethoven (7:42)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byWillem Mengelberg
    Performed byWillem Mengelberg, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
  5. 5 Leonore Overture No. 1 in C major, Op. 138 - Willem Mengelberg & Ludwig van Beethoven (9:04)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byWillem Mengelberg
    Performed byWillem Mengelberg, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
  6. 6 Leonore Overture No. 2 in C major, Op. 72a - Willem Mengelberg & Ludwig van Beethoven (13:05)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byWillem Mengelberg
    Performed byWillem Mengelberg, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
  7. 7 Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84: Overture - Willem Mengelberg & Ludwig van Beethoven (8:04)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byWillem Mengelberg
    Performed byWillem Mengelberg, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
  8. 8 Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: 2. Allegro scherzando - Willem Mengelberg & Ludwig van Beethoven (4:00)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byWillem Mengelberg
    Performed byWillem Mengelberg, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
  9. 9 Ruins of Athens, incidental music, Op. 113: Turkish March - Willem Mengelberg & Ludwig van Beethoven (3:09)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byWillem Mengelberg
    Performed byWillem Mengelberg, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
  10. 10 Marche Militaire for piano, 4 hands in D major, D. 733/1 (Op. 51/1) - Willem Mengelberg & Franz Schubert (4:33)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Conducted byWillem Mengelberg
    Performed byWillem Mengelberg, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
  11. 11 Die Zauberharfe, melodrama, D. 644: Rosamunde Overture - Willem Mengelberg & Franz Schubert (9:14)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Conducted byWillem Mengelberg
    Performed byWillem Mengelberg, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willem Mengelberg Primary Artist
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