Paul van Kempen: Complete Philips Recordings | Australian Eloquence ELQ4840237

Paul van Kempen: Complete Philips Recordings

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4840237

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 10

Release Date: 14th February 2020

Contents

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Consecration of the House (Die Weihe des Hauses) Overture, op.124
Symphony no.3 in E flat major, op.55 'Eroica'
Symphony no.7 in A major, op.92
Symphony no.8 in F major, op.93

Berlioz, Hector

Benvenuto Cellini, op.23 H76a
» Overture

Brahms, Johannes

Academic Festival Overture, op.80
Hungarian Dances (21), WoO1
» no.1 in G minor
» no.3 in F major
» no.5 in G minor
» no.6 in D major
» no.17 in F sharp minor
» no.18 in D major
» no.19 in B minor
» no.20 in E minor
» no.21 in E minor

Donizetti, Gaetano

La Fille du regiment
» Overture

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Avant de quitter ces lieux 'Valentin's aria'

Leoncavallo, Ruggiero

Pagliacci
» Intermezzo
» Vesti la giubba (Act 1)

Mascagni, Pietro

Cavalleria rusticana
» Intermezzo sinfonico
» Voi lo sapete, o mamma

Mendelssohn, Felix

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Overture, op.21
The Hebrides Overture 'Fingals Cave', op.26

Meyerbeer, Giacomo

Dinorah
» Ombre legere

Offenbach, Jacques

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
» Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour, 'Barcarolle'
» Les oiseaux dans la charmille
» Scintille diamant

Puccini, Giacomo

Tosca
» Recondita armonia (Act 1)
» Vissi d'arte (Act 2)

Reger, Max

Variations and Fugue on a theme of J A Hiller, op.100

Rossini, Gioacchino

Guillaume Tell
» Overture
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
» Overture

Schubert, Franz

Marches militaires (3), op.51 D733
» no.1 in D major (orch. Guiraud)

Strauss II, Johann

Die Fledermaus
» Mein Herr Marquis 'Adele's laughing song'

Strauss, Johann

Radetzky March, op.228

Suppe, Franz von

Die schone Galathee (The Beautiful Galatea)
» Ja, wenn die Musik nicht war!

Tansman, Alexandre

Isaie le prophete

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

1812 Overture, op.49
Capriccio italien, op.45
Marche Slave, op.31
Romeo and Juliet: Fantasy Overture in F major, op.64
Serenade for strings in C major, op.48
Suite no.4 in G major, op.61 'Mozartiana'
Symphony no.5 in E minor, op.64
Symphony no.6 in B minor, op.74 'Pathetique'

Verdi, Giuseppe

Aida
» Gloria all'Egitto ad Iside (Act 2)
Il trovatore
» Miserere ...Quel son, quelle preci (Act 4)
La forza del destino
» Overture
Nabucco
» Gli arredi festivi (Act 1)
» Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew slaves)
Requiem (Messa da Requiem)
Rigoletto
» Ah! Solo per me l'infamia... Piangi fanciulla
» La donna e mobile (Act 3)

Wagner, Richard

Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)
» Overture
Lohengrin
» Prelude to Act 1
» Prelude to Act 3
» Treulich gefuhrt ziehet dahin (Bridal chorus)
Tannhauser
» Overture

Weber, Carl Maria von

Oberon, J306
» Overture
» Ozean, du Ungeheuer

Artists

Theo Bayle (baritone)
Gre Brouwenstijn (soprano)
Oskar Czerwenka (bass)
Maria von Ilosvay (contralto)
Cornelis Kalkman (tenor)
Petre Munteanu (tenor)
Erna Spoorenberg (soprano)
Lidy van der Veen (mezzo-soprano)
Frans Vroons (tenor)
Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma
Netherlands Opera Chorus
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Choir
Berliner Philharmoniker
Concertgebouworkest
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma
Orchestre Lamoureux

Conductor

Paul van Kempen

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Consecration of the House (Die Weihe des Hauses) Overture, op.124
Symphony no.3 in E flat major, op.55 'Eroica'
Symphony no.7 in A major, op.92
Symphony no.8 in F major, op.93

Berlioz, Hector

Benvenuto Cellini, op.23 H76a
» Overture

Brahms, Johannes

Academic Festival Overture, op.80
Hungarian Dances (21), WoO1
» no.1 in G minor
» no.3 in F major
» no.5 in G minor
» no.6 in D major
» no.17 in F sharp minor
» no.18 in D major
» no.19 in B minor
» no.20 in E minor
» no.21 in E minor

Donizetti, Gaetano

La Fille du regiment
» Overture

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Avant de quitter ces lieux 'Valentin's aria'

Leoncavallo, Ruggiero

Pagliacci
» Intermezzo
» Vesti la giubba (Act 1)

Mascagni, Pietro

Cavalleria rusticana
» Intermezzo sinfonico
» Voi lo sapete, o mamma

Mendelssohn, Felix

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Overture, op.21
The Hebrides Overture 'Fingals Cave', op.26

Meyerbeer, Giacomo

Dinorah
» Ombre legere

Offenbach, Jacques

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
» Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour, 'Barcarolle'
» Les oiseaux dans la charmille
» Scintille diamant

Puccini, Giacomo

Tosca
» Recondita armonia (Act 1)
» Vissi d'arte (Act 2)

Reger, Max

Variations and Fugue on a theme of J A Hiller, op.100

Rossini, Gioacchino

Guillaume Tell
» Overture
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
» Overture

Schubert, Franz

Marches militaires (3), op.51 D733
» no.1 in D major (orch. Guiraud)

Strauss II, Johann

Die Fledermaus
» Mein Herr Marquis 'Adele's laughing song'

Strauss, Johann

Radetzky March, op.228

Suppe, Franz von

Die schone Galathee (The Beautiful Galatea)
» Ja, wenn die Musik nicht war!

Tansman, Alexandre

Isaie le prophete

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

1812 Overture, op.49
Capriccio italien, op.45
Marche Slave, op.31
Romeo and Juliet: Fantasy Overture in F major, op.64
Serenade for strings in C major, op.48
Suite no.4 in G major, op.61 'Mozartiana'
Symphony no.5 in E minor, op.64
Symphony no.6 in B minor, op.74 'Pathetique'

Verdi, Giuseppe

Aida
» Gloria all'Egitto ad Iside (Act 2)
Il trovatore
» Miserere ...Quel son, quelle preci (Act 4)
La forza del destino
» Overture
Nabucco
» Gli arredi festivi (Act 1)
» Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew slaves)
Requiem (Messa da Requiem)
Rigoletto
» Ah! Solo per me l'infamia... Piangi fanciulla
» La donna e mobile (Act 3)

Wagner, Richard

Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)
» Overture
Lohengrin
» Prelude to Act 1
» Prelude to Act 3
» Treulich gefuhrt ziehet dahin (Bridal chorus)
Tannhauser
» Overture

Weber, Carl Maria von

Oberon, J306
» Overture
» Ozean, du Ungeheuer

Artists

Theo Bayle (baritone)
Gre Brouwenstijn (soprano)
Oskar Czerwenka (bass)
Maria von Ilosvay (contralto)
Cornelis Kalkman (tenor)
Petre Munteanu (tenor)
Erna Spoorenberg (soprano)
Lidy van der Veen (mezzo-soprano)
Frans Vroons (tenor)
Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma
Netherlands Opera Chorus
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Choir
Berliner Philharmoniker
Concertgebouworkest
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma
Orchestre Lamoureux

Conductor

Paul van Kempen

About

The first box set comprising the complete Philips recordings of the powerfully individual Dutch conductor Paul van Kempen. Original jackets, new remastering and 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 pre-war 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)

“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

“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)

“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)

“The work is of the highest interest and the performance is superb.” – High Fidelity, March 1957 (Tansman)

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