Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 (recorded April 4, 1937). Symphony
No. 6 in F, Op. 68 "Pastorale" (recorded December 2, 1937)
STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 (recorded April 21, 1941). Don Juan, Op. 20 (recorded November 8, 1938). Till Eulenspiegel's Lustige Streiche, Op. 28 (recorded January 13, 1941).
Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Willem Mengelberg, cond. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Clemens Krauss, cond. (Till)
TELDEC LEGACY 28409 (F) (AAD) TT: 74:00
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Teldec has previously issued many
of Willem Mengelberg's Telefunken recordings. In
limited series of CDs appeared in moderately successful transfersalthough
no transfer credits were given. The transfer for Heldenleben
(243 729) was odd--it sounded like a dub of the old Capitol LP--with
a few 33 1/3 rpm clicks. But all of these initial CD transfers have
long disappeared and, fortunately, first-rate carefully remastered transfers
of all of Mengelberg's
commercial recordings are being issued; you'll find reviews on this site.Teldec presumably
has access to the cleanest masters and we have a right to expect the best
somewhere along the way something went wrong.
Perhaps future issues in the Teldec series will be of higher technical quality. But surely if you are interested in Mengelberg's Beethoven symphony Telefunken recordings you will want to wait for the announced Pearl set that contains all of them (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8) in transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn.
R.E.B. (Aug. 2001)