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Eduard van Beinum, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (CD ALBUM)

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Between the controversial Mengelbergand the versatile Bernard Haitink, Eduard van Beinumplayed a less distinctive role as principal conductor of the Concertgebouw in the postwar years until his death in 1959, but itis difficult to overestimate the positive effect he had on that orchestra, and the sincerity of his musicianship.


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Between the controversial Mengelbergand the versatile Bernard Haitink, Eduard van Beinumplayed a less distinctive role as principal conductor of the Concertgebouw in the postwar years until his death in 1959, but itis difficult to overestimate the positive effect he had on that orchestra, and the sincerity of his musicianship.

Van Beinumdescribed his relationship with orchestral musicians as ‘first among equals’, and the implications of that collaborative approach to music-making may be appreciated in the beautifully mouldedwind solos of this Symphonie fantastique. The Roman Carnival Overture was recorded during the same sessions as the symphony in September 1951, while the excerpts from The Damnation of Faustdate from May 1952. The conductor’s unfussy mastery and elucidation of symphonic form also serve as a useful reminder that that Berlioz, for all his Romantic trappings was, in some respects, a Classicist.

‘A typical van Beinumrecording is like a home-cooked meal,’ the critic Raymond Tuttle has remarked: ‘no ostentation, but no guilt, and the sensationof being in competent, judicious hands crosses the decades.’ He contributes a booklet note which discusses both these epoch-making works and the conductor’s humble service to them. These recordings have been newly remastered for this Eloquence reissue.

‘Van Beinum’sconducting of Berlioz (as shown best in his Symphonie fantastique) is both scrupulous and spirited; and the Dutch orchestra responds splendidly.’ Gramophone, November 1952 (Damnation of Faust excerpts)

‘Van Beinum'sapproach serves as a reminder that Berlioz, for all of his Romantic trappings, was, in some respects, a closet Classicist. An

 

TRACKLISTING:

HECTOR BERLIOZ

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Overture: Le Carnavalromain, Op. 9

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24 (orchestral excerpts)

Concertgebouworkest

Eduard van

Release Date: 2017-08-11

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