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Beinum, Royal Concertgebouw, London Philharmonic, Barwahser, Mozart: Symphonies And Concertos (2CD)

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With reissues of music from Haydn to Sibelius, Eloquence has returned to availability much of the recorded legacy of Eduard van Beinum, the chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam in the post-war years.


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With reissues of music from Haydn to Sibelius, Eloquence has returned to availability much of the recorded legacy of Eduard van Beinum, the chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam in the post-war years. This is the first time that his complete Mozart studio recordings have been gathered together in a single issue, and they have been newly remastered for theoccasion.

Van Beinumprized warmth over clarity, according to some of his musicians, but there is no lack of incisive attack in Classical repertoiresuch as the previous reissue of Haydn symphonies (4768483). Of the three symphonies presented here, No. 33 KV 319 was a particular favouriteof Van Beinum’s: he performed it more than any other Mozart symphony, and this 1951 recording is an object demonstration of the art of orchestral legato, relaxed and easy-going in mood even in the momentum of the opera-buffa-style finale.

The soloists in the Clarinet Concerto and the Flute and Harp Concerto were the orchestra’s principals in those instruments, resulting in a memorably collegial atmosphere to these sessions in May and June 1957, which were the conductor’s last Mozart recordings before his death two years later. The C minor Piano Concerto was recorded at the earliest sessions here, in September1948, when Van Beinum’ssober intelligence and immaculate sense of style were complemented by the British pianist Kathleen Long.

A fascinating booklet note by NiekNelissendetails the history of these recordings and of the conductor’s warm relationship with his musicians, including several personaltestimonials: one violinist pays tribute to the ‘more flowing lines’ of van Beinum’sart, which disregarded barlinesto craft interpretations of outstanding suppleness and spontaneity.

‘This “Haffner” Symphony boasts an aptly festive pomp tempered with a stylish transparency and grace not always present in the accounts of such admired Mozartiansas Beecham and Walter.’ Fanfare, September/October 2003

‘The performance of the [Flute and Harp] Concerto is delightful, and flautist Hubert Barwahseris splendid here. Pia Berghoutcoaxes from the instrument a surprisingly wide range of dynamics and colours, she can very effectively suggest legato in melodic lines, and plays with a great deal of rhythmic vitality.’ Fanfare, July/August 1997

‘The balance between piano and orchestra, the clean, sensitive style of playing, the actual size of the orchestra, are all soright, so completely Mozartian in proportion, that this recording can be held up as a model.’ Gramophone, March 1949 (Piano Concerto K491)

 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

CD 1

Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C major, KV 299

Hubert Barwahser,flute; PhiaBerghout,harp

Symphony No. 29 in A major, KV 201

Symphony No. 33 in B flat major, KV 319*

CD 2

Symphony No. 35 in D major, KV 385 ‘Haffner’

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, KV 491*

Kathleen Long, piano

Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A major, KV 622*

Bram de Wilde,clarinet

London Philharmonic Orchestra (Symphony No. 35)

Concertgebouworkest

Eduard van Beinum

* FIRST RELEASE ON DECCA CD

Release Date: 2017-08-11

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