Notes & Reviews:
American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Van Beinum (1901-59) was one of the finest conductors from the mid-20th Century. He appears to have been a genuinely modest man who did not seek the spotlight, and he died at the height of his career (from a heart attack), just when his fame might have spread more widely. In his interpretations with the Concertgebouw Orchestra he bridged the gap between the mercurial, romantic Willem Mengelberg and the classically-minded Bernard Haitink. Mengelberg's view of the Matthew Passion survives in a mildly cut recording from 1939 (N/D 2000) that is ardent and exciting on the one hand, willful, indulgent, and too romantic on the other. When I reviewed it, I recommended it only to readers dedicated to historical performance and suggested FurtwSngler as a superior choice in a similar vein.
Personnel: Erna Spoorenberg (soprano); Simon van der Geest, Ernst Haefliger (tenor); David Hollestelle, Heinz Rehfuss, Hans Willbrink (bass voice).
Recording information: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (03/30/1958).
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Works DetailsBach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
- Conductor: Eduard Beinum
- Running Time: 187 min. 58 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Written: 1736