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Eduard van Beinum

Bruckner: Symphonies Nos 5, 7, 8 & 9 (4CD)

Eduard van Beinum’s performances of Bruckner were extraordinary in a most inconspicuous way. He never took liberties with the score, did not like to exaggerate, was spontaneous and always strove to achieve the crucial transitions in Bruckner’s work as seamlessly as possible.

This 4CD set brings together four 1950s Bruckner symphony recordings for Decca and Philips. No. 7 was recorded twice for Decca – the first (acoustic) recording in 1947 and the second (represented in this set) in 1953.

By the time Van Beinum and the Concertgebouw came to record Nos. 8 and 9, in 1955 and 1956 respectively, the orchestra had been making recordings for the ‘home’ label, Philips, for the whole decade. No. 8 was Van Beinum’s first recording for Philips. No. 7 has an unusual provenance. It is a live recording made in March 1959, Van Beinum’s last Bruckner performance with his orchestra, before his premature death a month later.

TRACK LIST

ANTON BRUCKNER
CD 1
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

CD 2
Symphony No. 7 in E major

CD 3
Symphony No. 8 in C minor

CD 4
Symphony No. 9 in D minor

Concertgebouw Orchestra
Eduard van Beinum