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Eduard van Beinum

Eduard van Beinum Complete Recordings on Decca & Philips (43CD)

The conductor Eduard Van Beinum always presented himself as one of the musicians, wanting to stand amongst rather than above the orchestra. He said of his work “One must certainly not be tyrannical. A conductor must immerse himself in the possibilities of each and every orchestra member and bring everything out of them.” It was a huge shock, when during a rehearsal of Brahms’s First Symphony on 13 April 1959, Van Beinum collapsed on the podium in the Concertgebouw, succumbing to a heart condition he had battled with for years. His qualities as a musician had perhaps not been fully appreciated during his lifetime, but after his death, his recordings allow us to re-evaluate his impeccable musical intuition, his good taste and the spontaneity of his music-making. Collected here in one edition are the complete recordings he made for both Decca & Philips labels, on 43-CDs in original jackets. Rarities include a number of 78rpm recordings made for ‘Dutch Decca’, released on CD for the very first time.

CD 1 J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suites Nos.1–4 Concertgebouworkest
CD 2 Clark: Trumpet Voluntary ∙ Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks Suite; Water Music Suite London Philharmonic Orchestra
J.C. Bach: Symphonies Nos.2 & 4, Op.18 CO
CD 3 Handel: Water Music CO
CD 4 Mozart: Concerto for Flute & Harp Hubert Barwahser, Phia Berghout; Symphonies Nos.29 & 33 CO
CD 5 Mozart: Symphony No.35 ‘Haffner’; Piano Concerto No.24 Kathleen Long, LPO
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto Bram de Wilde, CO
CD 6 Mozart: Serenade in D, K.320 ‘Posthorn’
Reger: Variations & Fugue on a theme by Mozart CO
CD 7 Haydn: Symphonies Nos.94, 96 (1952 rec.) & 97 CO
CD 8 Haydn: Symphony No.96 (1947 rec.) CO
Haydn: Symphony No.100 ∙ Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus LPO
CD 9 Beethoven: Overtures LPO
CD 10 Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Op.61 Arthur Grumiaux; Symphony No.2 CO
CD 11 Schubert: Symphonies Nos.4 & 5; Rosamunde CO
CD 12 Schubert Symphonies Nos.3, 6 & 8 ‘Unfinished’ CO
CD 13 Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture; Violin Concerto Alfredo Campoli, LPO
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1946 rec.) ∙ Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.2 ∙ Rossini: Overture to La scala di seta CO
CD 14 Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1952 rec.); Symphony No.4 ∙ Rossini: Overtures CO
CD 15 Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (1946 rec.); La Damnation de Faust (excerpts: 1946 rec.); Marche troyenne; Le Carnaval Romain Ouverture (1956 rec.) CO
CD 16 Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (1951 rec.); Le Carnaval Romain Ouverture (1951 rec.); La Damnation de Faust (excerpts: 1947 rec.) ∙ Brahms: St Anthony Variations (1952 rec.) CO
CD 17 Brahms: Symphony No.1 (1947 rec.); St Anthony Variations (1949 rec.) CO
CD 18 Brahms: Symphony No.1 (1951 rec.) CO
Brahms: Symphony No.3 (1946 rec.) LPO
CD 19 Brahms: Symphonies Nos.2 & 4 CO
CD 20 Brahms: Symphonies Nos.1 (1958 rec.) & 3 (1958 rec.) CO
CD 21 Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 Clifford Curzon; Tragic Overture (1952 rec.); Academic Festival Overture (1952 rec.); Alto Rhapsody CO
CD 22 Brahms: Violin Concerto Arthur Grumiaux; St Anthony Variations (1958 rec.); Tragic Overture (1958 rec.); Academic Festival Overture (1958 rec.) CO
CD 23 Bruckner: Symphony No.5 in B flat CO
CD 24 Bruckner: Symphony No.7 in E (1947 rec.) CO
CD 25 Bruckner: Symphony No.7 in E (1953 rec.) CO
CD 26 Bruckner: Symphony No.8 in C minor CO
CD 27 Bruckner: Symphony No.9 in D minor CO
CD 28 Mahler: Symphony No.4 in G CO
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gessellen (1946 rec.) LPO
CD 29 Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde; Lieder Eines fahrenden Gesellen (1956 rec.) CO
CD 30 Lalo: Symphonie espagnole Alfredo Campoli, LPO
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings; Andante cantabile for cello & strings; Nutcracker Suite CO
Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Overture–Fantasia
CD 31 Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade CO
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances ∙ Bizet: L’Arlésienne Suites (excerpts: 1950 rec.) LPO
Debussy: Danses pour harpe et orchestre Chamber Music Society of Amsterdam
CD 32 Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps; Le Chant du Rossignol ∙ Kodaly: Háry János Suite CO
CD 33 Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; Music for Strings, Percussion & Celeste ∙ Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite CO
CD 34 Sibelius: Violin Concerto Jan Damen; Tone Poems LPO
CD 35 Franck: Psyché; Variations symphoniques Géza Anda
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole; Boléro; La Valse CO
CD 36 Debussy: Nocturnes; La Mer; Images (Set 3) CO
CD 37 Elgar: Cockaigne Overture; Cello Concerto Anthony Pini; Elegy for Strings; The Wand of Youth Suites 1 & 2 LPO
CD 38 Britten: Spring Symphony ∙ Pijper: Symphony No.3 CO
Britten Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia from Peter Grimes (1947 rec.) ∙ Arnold: Beckus the Dandipratt LPO
CD 39 Britten: Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia from Peter Grimes (1953 rec.); The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Debussy: Berceuse héroïque; Marche écossaise ∙ Thomas: Overture to Mignon ∙ Grieg: Two Elegiac Melodies
Nicolai: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor Overture ∙ Sousa: The Stars & Stripes Forever CO
CD 40 Pijper: Six Epigrams; Concerto for Piano & Orchestra Hans Henkemans ∙ Henkemans: Violin Concerto Theo Olof
Diepenbrock: Marsyas, of De betooverde bron RC 101 Incidental music excerpts CO
CD 41 ‘Eduard van Beinum – 78 Rarities I’
Brahms: St Anthony Variations ∙ Bizet: L’Arlésienne ∙ Reger: Valse d’amour (Ballet Suite Op.130) ∙ Smetana: Vltava (Má vlast) CO
CD 42 ‘Eduard van Beinum – 78 Rarities II’
Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini Overture ∙ Wagner: Prelude to Lohengrin Act III ∙ Beethoven: Egmont Overture
J.S. Bach: Suite No.2 in B minor BWV 1067 (excerpts); Suite No.3 in D BWV 1068
R. Strauss: Don Juan ∙ Sibelius: Finlandia CO
CD 43 ‘Eduard van Beinum – Memories’
Audio documentary feature produced by Jon Tolansky, with commentary by a number of musicians who worked with Eduard van Beinum