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Eduard van Beinum (1901-1959)

It is over 50 years since the untimely death of the distinguished Dutch conductor Eduard van Beinum at the early age of 58. In the ensuing decade after World War II he quickly became recognised as one of the most significant of the emerging new group of international conductors. Not only was he Principal Conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, but following an unexpected and sudden début in 1945 for an indisposed Albert Coates, van Beinum became a most welcome and respected visitor to the British capital where he conducted the London Philharmonic regularly, even becoming their chief conductor for two seasons in 1949, before ill health forced his earlier resignation. In 1956 he was musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a single season. His health, never particularly robust in his last years, must have contributed to his early death.

Born in Arnhem on 3rd September 1901, van Beinum became a viola player in the town¹s orchestra at the age of 16 but the following year enrolled at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Aged just 20 he became conductor of the Toonkunst Choir at Schiedam, a position he was to hold for nine years, followed later by a concurrent appointment in Zutphen. His qualities were further recognised with elevation to conductor of the Haarlem Orchestra. A successful début with the country's most distinguished ensemble - the Concertgebouw Orchestra - on 30th June 1929, eventually resulted in van Beinum being appointed second conductor to the legendary Willen Mengelberg with effect from 1st September 1931 and associate conductor on 10th January 1938. Following the dismissal of Mengelberg by Dutch authorities in 1945, Eduard van Beinum assumed sole conductorship of the orchestra, a position he would hold until his sudden death from a heart attack on 13th April 1959 whilst rehearsing Brahms' First Symphony.

Van Beinum's repertoire basically covered the mainstream of Viennese composers but omitted serialism. As a result of the political situation in Holland under the Nazi occupation his range was at that time restricted. It was not until 1945 that he took up Mahler, a composer of whom he later became an admired interpreter, whereas his Bruckner had been long admired. In the area of the 20th-century music he conducted much Bartók, Debussy, Kodály, Ravel and Stravinsky as well as a most positive commitment to contemporary Dutch composers. His performers were never flamboyant, thereby unjustly giving the impression of understatement but he conveyed firm discipline at all times, allied to a lucid clarity of texture and shape, sustained tension and awareness of the music's pulse. Ultimately he was was seen as a players' conductor who treated his musicians as equals.

In the field of British music Eduard van Beinum did much to help the emerging Malcolm Arnold (then the LPO's principal trumpet) by performing and later recording the colourful and exuberant Beckus the Dandipratt, in addition to two recordings of the Sea Interludes from Britten's Peter Grimes which have remained the benchmark for all subsequent versions. It was, however, with the music of Elgar that van Beinum displayed a particular affinity.

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Brahms Symphony No 1  Concertgebouw van Beinum
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mozart Symphony No 35 Concertgebouw van Beinum
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mozart Symphony No 33 Concertgebouw van Beinum
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debussy nocturnes Concertgebouw van Beinum
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Nocturnes complete
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1 Nuages
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2 Fetes
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3. Sirenes
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van beinum elgar oockaigne overture
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van beinum elgar wand of youth suite number 1
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van beinum elgar wand of youth suite number 2
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elgar cello concerto anthony pini
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1st and 2nd movements
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kathlen long mozart piano concerto number 24
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"The balance between piano and orchestra, the clean, sensitive style of playing, the actual size of the orchestra, are all so right, so completely Mozartian in proportion that this recording can be held up as a model. All in all, this is one of the most satisfying performances I have heard for some time." Gramophone March 1949
franck psyche
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prometheus overture
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van beinum
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van beinum schubert
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van beinum hebrides overture
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van beinum la gazza ladra overture
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