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Paul Van Kempen - The Complete Philips Recordings (10CD)
Paul Van Kempen - The Complete Philips Recordings (10CD)


THE FIRST BOX SET COMPRISING THE COMPLETE PHILIPS RECORDINGS OF THE POWERFULLY INDIVIDUAL DUTCH CONDUCTOR PAUL VAN KEMPEN. ORIGINAL JACKETS | NEW REMASTERING | LIMITED EDITION. Alongside Willem Mengelberg and Bernard Haitink, Paul van Kempen is one of three Dutch conductors who were regular and esteemed leaders of both the Concertgebouworkest and the Berliner Philharmoniker, live and on record. Van Kempen was an unabashed Romantic in style, in the mould of Mengelberg but with his own approach, and a sensitivity that made him a perfect foil to Wilhelm Kempff and Wolfgang Schneiderhan on Deutsche Grammophon recordings of Beethoven concertos for which he is best remembered. This new box set from Eloquence, however, enables us to reassess Van Kempen as a powerfully individual conductor in his own right. It mixes repertoire classics with music off the beaten track, opera, oratorio, light classics and symphonies, including several recordings receiving their first-ever release on CD. In fact, his discography was surprisingly extensive given his relatively brief career. Born in 1893, he trained as a violinist and became a member of the Concertgebouworkest under Mengelberg at the age of just seventeen. In the 1930s he conducted orchestras across the Netherlands and Germany, and in 1942 he took over from Herbert von Karajan as music director of the opera house in Aachen. While he made several prewar recordings for Telefunken and DG, however, his career in the studio only took off after 1949, when he took charge of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, based in Hilversum. The earliest recording here was made in July 1947 78rpms of two Wagner overtures with the La Scala Orchestra of Milan. The remainder of the box dates from the first half of the 1950s Van Kempen died at the age of 62 in 1955 documenting his fruitful relationships with the NRPO, Berlin Philharmonic and Concertgebouw Orchestras , but also with ensembles farther afield: overtures with the Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris and a Verdi Requiem in Rome with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and an unusual cast of international soloists led by the superb Dutch soprano Gré Brouwenstijn. Core repertoire includes a trio of Beethoven symphonies made in Berlin (Nos. 3, 7 and 8), spaciously conceived but marked by a driving pulse, as well as the less-familiar Consecration of the House Overture which originally appeared on a DG 10-inch EP curiously paired with Ferdinand Leitner leading Bach's Third Brandenburg Concerto. Brouwenstijn reappears in Italian operatic excerpts made for Philips with the NRPO, but the real Hilversum rarity is the first recording of Isaiah the Prophet, an opulent neo-Romantic oratorio written by Alexander Tansman in 1950 to celebrate the creation of the Jewish state of Israel. Van Kempen had a special feeling for the music of Tchaikovsky, and the Concertgebouw recordings of the last two symphonies can fairly be considered classics of the gramophone, alongside the Romeo and Juliet, 1812 and Capriccio Italien. In all of these, Van Kempen's vivid contrasts of tempo and sure dramatic grip were much admired. In a perceptively-written booklet essay, music historian Niek Nelissen's extended appreciation of the conductor reveals how he was more respected than liked by orchestras for his autocratic approach, but also how his firm grip on an orchestra was an early inspiration for Haitink. For all admirers of the art of conducting, the box will be an invaluable acquisition. "Paul van Kempen is a faded rose in a few collectors' memories. By the evidence of this invaluable reissue, however, more of us should be paying attention. Van Kempen interprets the "Eroica" to match any recorded version I know.' Fanfare, September 2015 (Beethoven) "Blistering performances of all three works by Van Kempen and the famous Concertgebouw, who whip up a veritable tempest of sound. At first hearing it's almost overpowering." High Fidelity, March 1954 (Tchaikovsky) "A fine, fiery performance The playing of the orchestra is well up to their high reputation and, apart from a few dry patches, the recording is excellent." Musical Times, January 1955 (Beethoven, Symphony No. 3) "This is, perhaps, the best performance of [Tchaikovsky's Fifth] symphony yet to appear on LP. The Concertgebouw Orchestra plays with its customary virtuosity and van Kempen is able to produce a performance of great fire and verve." EMG Monthly Letter, September 1955 "The work is of the highest interest and the performance is superb." High Fidelity, March 1957 (Tansman) "Highly idiomatic and entirely satisfying performances." Gramophone, May 1958 (Brahms, Hungarian Dances "Finely played and spaciously recorded an introduction of great charm and spontaneity an excellent issue." Gramophone, September 1958 (Rossini: William Tell Overture) *FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA


  1. Name
  2. CARL MARIA VON WEBER: Oberon: Overture
  3. GUISEPPE VERDI: La Forza Del Destino: Overture
  4. PIETRO MASCAGNI: Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo Sinfonico
  5. RICHARD WAGNER: Lohengrin
  6. ALEXANDRE TANSMAN Isaïe, Le Prophète
  7. ARIAS & CHORUSES From: OFFENBACH Les Contes DHoffmann
  8. GOUNOD Faust
  9. MEYERBEER Dinorah
  10. WEBER Oberon
  11. SUPPE Die Schone Galathee
  12. JOHANN STRAUSS II Die Fledermaus
  13. VERDI Aida
  14. Nabucco
  15. Rigoletto
  16. Il Trovatore
  17. MASCAGNI Cavalleria Rusticana
  18. LEONCAVALLO Pagliacci
  19. PUCCINI Tosca
  20. RUGGERO LEONCAVALLO: Pagliacci: Intermezzo (Act I)*
  21. PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 In B Minor, Op. 74 Pathetique
  22. Romeo And Juliet Fantasy Overture
  23. Marche Slave, Op. 31
  24. PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 In E Minor, Op. 64
  25. Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
  26. Overture Solenelle 1812, Op. 49
  27. FRANZ SCHUBERT: Marche Militaire No. 1 In D Major, D.733
  28. JOHANN STRAUSS I: Radetzky March, Op. 228
  29. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Die Weihe Des Hauses Overture, Op. 124
  30. FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Die Hebrideen Overture, Op. 26
  31. GIOACHINO ROSSINI: Guillaume Tell Overture
  32. JOHANNES BRAHMS: Akademische Festouvertüre, Op. 80
  33. Nine Hungarian Dances, WoO 1
  34. HECTOR BERLIOZ: Benvenuto Cellini: Overture
  35. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 In E Flat Major, Op. 55 Eroica
  36. Symphony No. 8 In F Major, Op. 93
  37. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92
  38. MAX REGER: Variations And Fugue On A Theme By Johann Adam Hiller, Op. 100
  39. FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Ein Sommernachtstraum Overture, Op. 21*
  40. GIOACHINO ROSSINI: Guillaume Tell Overture*
  41. Il Barbiere Di Siviglia Overture*
  42. GAETANO DONIZETTI: La Fille Du Régiment Overture*
  43. PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Serenade For Strings In C Major, Op. 48
  44. PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Suite No. 4, Op. 61 Mozartiana
  45. GIUSEPPE VERDI: Messa Da Requiem (beginning)
  46. GIUSEPPE VERDI: Messa Da Requiem (conclusion)
  47. RICHARD WAGNER: Tannhauser: Overture*
  48. Der Fliegende Hollander: Overture*
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