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Eduard van Beinum - Mahler: Symphony No. 4; Das Lied von der Erde; Lieder (CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE)

Eduard van Beinum - Mahler: Symphony No. 4; Das Lied von der Erde; Lieder (CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE)
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The complete Decca-recorded legacy of an illustrious Mahlerian, newly remastered, with several recordings receiving their first international CD release on Decca.

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra lays claim to the closest and longest relationship with the music of Mahler. It was a relationship nurtured by the friendship between the composer and the orchestra's second music director, Willem Mengelberg, and one which has endured to this day. Eduard van Beinumsucceeded Mengelbergin 1945, and he was a reluctant Mahlerianto begin with, unwilling to step in the footsteps of his predecessor and unnerved by what he saw as the neurotic element in Mahler's music. Nonetheless, as the new and detailed account of Van Beinum'swork with this music makes clear in the accompanying booklet, he was never less than a sympathetic and committed interpreter of what he did choose to perform.

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Eduard van Beinum - Mahler: Symphony No. 4; Das Lied von der Erde; Lieder (CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE)
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The complete Decca-recorded legacy of an illustrious Mahlerian, newly remastered, with several recordings receiving their first international CD release on Decca.

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra lays claim to the closest and longest relationship with the music of Mahler. It was a relationship nurtured by the friendship between the composer and the orchestra's second music director, Willem Mengelberg, and one which has endured to this day. Eduard van Beinumsucceeded Mengelbergin 1945, and he was a reluctant Mahlerianto begin with, unwilling to step in the footsteps of his predecessor and unnerved by what he saw as the neurotic element in Mahler's music. Nonetheless, as the new and detailed account of Van Beinum'swork with this music makes clear in the accompanying booklet, he was never less than a sympathetic and committed interpreter of what he did choose to perform.

In 1946, not long after signing as a Decca artist, he recorded Mahler's formative song-cycle, Lieder einesfahrendenGesellen, though not in Amsterdam but with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Polish mezzo-soprano Eugenia Zareska. Back at home in the Netherlands, there followed in 1952 the Fourth Symphony, Mahler's most Classically formed work and therefore one well suited to Van Beinum'smusical temperament. The delicacy and refinement of this recording made it an instant classic, and one reissued on countless budget labels ever since, an instructive counterpoise to Mengelberg'smuch more extrovert account.

Four years later Van Beinumset down Das Lied von der Erde, another outlier in the composer's output to the extent that the music rewards virtues of reserve and restraint more than traditionally Mahleriantransports of agony and ecstasy. With responsive singing from the tenor Ernst Haefligerand, in particular, the mezzo-soprano Nan Merriman, this recording was also quickly recognisedas claiming a very select high ground, occupied at the time only by Ferrier, Walter and the VPO. Merriman was then the soloist for Van Beinum'slast Mahler recording, a remake of Lieder einesfahrendenGesellen. All four recordings are now compiled together on Decca for the first time.

Tracklistings:

GUSTAV MAHLER

CD 1

1–4Symphony No. 4 in G major

Margaret Ritchie, soprano

Concertgebouworkest

Eduard van Beinum

5–8Lieder einesfahrendenGesellen*

Eugenia Zareska, mezzo-soprano

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Eduard van Beinum

CD 2

1–6Das Lied von der Erde*

Ernst Haefliger, tenor

Nan Merriman, contralto

Concertgebouworkest

Eduard van Beinum

7–10Lieder einesfahrendenGesellen*

Nan Merriman, contralto

Concertgebouworkest

Eduard van Beinum

*FIRST INTERNATIONAL CD RELEASE ON DECCA

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Release Date 16 Feb 2018
Brand N/A
Artist Eduard van Beinum
Title Mahler: Symphony No. 4; Das Lied von der Erde; Lieder
Format CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE
Packaging -
ISBN N/A
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