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BEETHOVEN / SCHUBERT: Overtures (Mengelberg) (1927-1942)

Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig vanSchubert, Franz
Artist(s) Mengelberg, Willem, Conductor • Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletOrchestral
Catalogue 8.110864
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps


Review By Philip Anson,Naxos,

More winning archival recordings from Mengelberg and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, taped at the Concertgebouw (1927-1942). Mengelberg's long association with Amsterdam's Concertgebouw (1895 1945) was a musical marriage made in heaven, later tainted by his alleged Nazi collaboration. Compared to Naxos's great reissues of Mengelberg's Brahms' Symphonies No. 2 and 4 (8.110158) and Strauss Tone Poems (Naxos 8.110161), this bouquet of overtures looks a bit like leftovers, but there is plenty of beauty and excitement in the Leonore Overtures No. 1 and 3, the Egmont Overture, and the Turkish March from The Ruins of Athens. Though the sound of the old 78s is distant and thin by today's standards, there is enough detail for one to appreciate Mengelberg's precise, masterful,



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