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Daniel Wayenberg and Karel Ancerl recorded in performance live at the Concertgebouw on January 27, 1970

Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 (1934), sometimes referred to as Rachmaninoffs 5th Piano Concerto, receives a well-wrought performance, clean and clear yet far from superficial. There are nuances and gradations. And there is drive. The exposé has an exciting urgency which would most certainly have received the blessing of the composer himself if he could have heard this performance. This live recording not only shows Daniel Wayenberg's practically impeccable playing but also the firm and decisive hand of Karel Ancerl. There is that wonderful underlying tension of music making on the spot and the urge to succeed in giving the best. Wayenberg, who is gifted with absolute pitch, is a perfectionist. On top of it this disc is a reminder of the art of Karel Ancerl of course. And also of Daniel Wayenberg's precise, almost passionless style and who recorded this work for French Ducretet-Thomson with Christoph von Dohnanyi about 10 years earlier, released in 1961. But most of all this recording gives the sense of "being there". This is a relatively rare disc as it was pressed in a low number to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Merrem & La Porte company, to be presented as a gift to staff and personel, and to business relations. The back of the cover has many small images of the artists and those who attended the concert.


It is suggested that the recording was made by Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Record pressed from plates cut by Philips in the Baarn factory. Total time is 23:04 evenly spread over two sides. Record and Cover NM.

Wayenberg-Rachmaninoff-Rhapsody-Ancerl-Concertgebouw. Merrem & La Port Private issue. Ref. 6802 605 Y. $ 55.

Bernard Haitink conducts Richard Strauss

An Alpine Symphony Op. 64

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam
Recorded in January, 1985 in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

An Alpine Symphony is a massive work for a large orchestra of some 150 players. It surely is difficult to make a good recording of it. And when it is put on record, the need for a good playback system is a must. Especially for "Gewitter und Sturm". Every Strauss adept knows this. The work is massive and may not appeal to the listener who is new to it and he should listen twice or thrice before judging. Some people find Haitink's live LSO in Dolby Surround on SACD to be preferred. But then only if also played back on the appropriate, quality system. Nevertheless this 1985 recording is very well impressive.

Philips 416 156-1. Digital Classics (DDA). Record NM. Cover NM. Dutch pressing from 1986. Liner notes in English, German and French. Reviewer's copy.

Haitink-Strauss-Alpine Symphony. Philips 416 156-1. 1985. Record and Cover NM. $ 10.

 

The Concertgebouw Orchestra in live recordings of music by Maurice Ravel

Three great performers: conductor Kyrill Kondrashin, pianist Daniel Wayenberg, and violinist Herman Krebbers, captured 1979, 1978, 1971, and 1980:

* Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
* Tzigane Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra
* Rhapsodie espagnole
* La Valse.

These are rare recordings showing the art of Kondrashin both as an accompanist making music with instrumental soloists, and an interpreter as is evident in a spellbound Rapsodie espagnole and a vivid, somewhat Russian La Valse. The performance of Tzigane is as far as I know the only one of Krebbers that can be found on disc.
Recordings made and broadcasted by NOS Radio. The analog tapes have been perfectly remastered by the engineers of Philips Polygram at Baarn and converted back to analog for the cutting of the masters for this LP edition: ADA is the code.

Philips 412 072-1. Record and Cover NM. Inlay with notes on the conductor Kyrill Kondrashin and the recordings Polygram issued at the time. This one is from 1984.

Kondrashin-Ravel-Wayenberg-Krebbers. Concertgebouw. Philips 412 072-1. ADA. Record, Cover and Inlay NM. $26.

Kyrill Kondrashin conducts the Concertgebouw Orchestra

Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 5, Op. 50
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat, Op. 82

Recorded in 1980 and 1976 respectively, by NOS Radio Hilversum, Netherlands.
Live performances. Recordings digitally mastered from original analogue tape and converted into the analog domain for this LP recording.

Philips 412 069-1. Record and Cover NM. Insert is a misprint with notes in English, German and French of which only the French text is readable. Reviewer's copy.

Kondrashin-Nielsen 5-Sibelius 5-Concertgebouw. Philips 412 069-1 Mastered from analogue tapes. Record and Cover NM. Insert Very Poor. $10.

Bernard Haitink conducts

Claude Debussy

Images pour Orchestre
Danse Profane et Danse Sacrée

Concertgebouw Orchestra. Harpist Vera Badings is soloist in Danses.
Philips 9500 509. Recorded in December 1977. Record NM. Cover NM. German.

Haitink-Bartok-Concerto-Dance. Philips Sequenza 6527 140. Record NM. Cover NM. $ 10.

Bernard Haitink

Béla Bartók:
Concerto for Orchestra
Dance Suite
Concertgebouw Orchestra

Recorded in 1960 and first published in 1961 on Philips 835 070, Hi-Fi Stereo label.
The recording was reissued in the Universa and Sequenza Series. This is Sequenza 6527 140. Dutch pressing. Record NM/M-. Cover NM. Liner notes in German.

Haitink-Bartok-Concerto-Dance. Philips Sequenza 6527 140. Record NM. Cover NM. $ 10.

Willem Mengelberg conducts

The Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Toonkunstkoor and Royal Oratorio Society

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 and Symphony No. 9, 'Choral'

Soloists:
To van der Sluys - soprano
Suze Luger - contralto
Louis van Tulder - tenor
Willem Ravelli baritone

Documenta Musicae
In 1960 Philips Record Company (Philips Phonografische Industrie manufactured the records and Phonogram N.V. was the commercial company) produced a series of recordings made of the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Willem Mengelberg in 1939 and 1940. These were original radio recordings engraved on acetates by the technicians of AVRO Radio. The Series was produced for the Dutch market. Therefor the gatefold covers only have liner notes in Dutch. In 1960 the matrix production for these Minigroove records show the standard of the early Philips plates which is about the same as that of the Hi-Fi Stereo plates, although the matrix production of the historic Mengelberg performances sometimes show a different, somewhat lesser quality of plating. Nevertheless the sound of these radio recordings was very well transferred to the LP medium. At the time of release the nicely styled covers were shiny and sturdy enough to be handled. Yet the laminated gatefold sleeves have had difficulty in standing the test of time. Often the laminate peeled off, partly or completely due to the choice of paper and what was possible at the time. It is therefor difficult to find pristine covers. The same goes for the vinyl records. They often show that they have been used intensively. In that case I do not offer them.

Philips Documenta Musicae W 09905/06 L. 2x LP in original Gatefold. Mono. Recordings from 1940. First Minigroove pressings. Records are beautiful NM. Gatefold cover is NM as well with laminate in perfect condition (while most of the time the laminate is gone or partly peeled off). Oiginal inner sleeves were preserved. The scans of the gatefold cover and of the sleeves with records do not do justice to the high quality and beauty of the complete, total item.

Mengelberg - Beethoven 5 and 9 - Philips Musica Monumentae W 09905/06 L. Records NM. Gatefold cover NM. $ 65.

Erich Kleiber conducts Beethoven.

Symphony No. 3 , 'Eroica'
Recorded May 8, 1950
Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra

DECCA LXT 5215 - Record M-/NM. Cover M-. ED2 - Silver-Orange label pressed in 1957. Original paper inner sleeve preserved.

Kleiber - Beethoven - Eroica - DECCA LXT 5215. Record M-/NM. Cover EX / M-. $ 18.

Live Recording from November 30, 1972

Kyrill Kondrashin conducts
the Concertgebouw Orchestra

Maurice Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé

Netherlands Chamber Choir -
- Hans van den Hombergh
Netherlands Vocal Ensemble -
- Marinus Voorberg

Kondrashin, painter and story teller


Philips 412 071-1. Analog recording digitally remastered (ADD). Record NM. Cover M- (little damage upper right corner). Inlay - with program notes in English, French and German - NM.

Kondrashin-Ravel-Daphnis. Philips 412 071-1. Record and Inlay NM. Cover M-. $ 12.

Kyrill Kondrashin conducts Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Herman Krebbers, solo violin

This is the stunning performance in a stunning sound recording made on June 27 and 28, 1979. Philips 9500 681. Record NM. Cover NM. Also listed under Conductors

Kondrashin - Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade - Herman Krebbers - Philips 9500 681 - Record and Cover NM $ 35.

Discography of

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

This book contains the complete discography of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra right from the start when Willem Mengelberg made the first recording for Columbia in 1926 up to and including the recordings made in the Fall of 1989 of conductors Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Ivan Fischer, Semyon Bychkov, Ricardo Chailly.

Besides strict commercial recordings for Telefunken, Decca, Polydor, Deutsche Grammophon, and Philips of course, the discography also includes radio performances that eventually were issued later on LP and/or Compact Disc.

The book (120 pages) is in Dutch. It has an introduction, the discography by date, month and year, a list of reference numbers of gramophone records and CD issues, and a list with the names of the conductors who swung the baton in front of the orchestra in those years.

To make the discography accessable I include a synopsis and glossary written in English explaining how to use the book. It will guide you to make browsing, consulting and researching easy.

Discography Concertgebouw Orchestra (1925-1989) and Synopsis. $ 28 (+ $ 35 World or $ 20 Europe).

 

   

Colin Davis conducts Igor Stravinsky

Le sacre du printemps - The Rite of Spring.

Recorded in November 1976 and published in 1977 on Philips 9500 323.

Petrouchka

Recorded in October 1977 and published in 1978 on Philips 9500447.

L'Oiseau de feu - The Firebird.

Recorded November 1978 and published in 1979 on Philips 9500 637.

Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterda

Prizewinning performances and technically outstanding recordings.

 

Philips 6725 017. 3x LP Box. Pressed from the original plates. Records NM. Inlay NM. Box M-.

Davis-Stravinsky-Ballets-Concertgebouw Orchestra. Philips 6725 017. 3x LP. Records NM. Box M-. Inlay NM. $ 18

Mussorgsky (Mousssorgsky): Pictures at an Exhibition

Colin Davis conducts the Concertgebouw Orchestra

Philips 9500 744 Digital Recording.

One of the first digital recordings made by Philips and released in 1980. Click here for background.

Record and Cover NM (as new). Also listed under conductors.

Davis - Moussorgsky - Concertgebouw Orchestra - Philips Digital 9500 744. Record and Cover NM. $ 14.

Eduard van Beinum conducts Brahms

Symphony No. 3, F Major, Op. 90

Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam.

Recorded in 1956 and then issued on a 10 inch disc with reference S 06150 R. If this recording became available in other countries it was not listed for long in the catalog. Authentic performance.

Philips S 06150 R. Record M- to EX+. Cover a beautiful NM. Liner notes in German.

Beinum-Brahms Symphony No. 3. Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra. Philips S 06159 R. Record M- to EX+. Cover NM. $ 15.

Franz Schubert: Incidental Music to Rosamunde, D 797.

Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink. Soloist: Aafje Heynis - Contralto.

Recorded in 1965. First pressing with Bold Face Philips logo on label.

Philips 835 276 LY. Stereo. DeLuxe, shiny gatefold with grey, linen spine. Liner notes in German and French. Record NM. Cover NM.

Haitink - Schubert - Rosamunde - Heynis. Philips 835 276 LY. DeLuxe gatefold. Record NM. Cover NM. $ 15.

Erich Kleiber conducts Beethoven.

Symphony No. 7, in A major Op. 92
Recorded May 9, 1950
Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra

DECCA LXT 2547 - Record M-/NM. Cover VG+ to M-. Orange-Gold label from 1951.

Kleiber - Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 - DECCA LXT 2547. Record M-/NM. Cover VG+ to M-. $ 15.

Erich Kleiber conducts Beethoven.

Symphony No. 5, in C minor Op. 67.
Recorded September 26, 1953
Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra

DECCA LXT 2851 - Record M-/NM. Cover VG+ to M-. Orange-Gold label pressed in 1953. Original paper inner sleeve preserved.

Kleiber - Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 - DECCA LXT 2851. Record M-/NM. Cover VG+ to M-. $ 15.

Bernard Haitink conducts Robert Schumann

The Four Symphonies

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Recorded in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in November 1981 (No. 3), February 1983 (No. 1, Manfred), January 1984 (No. 2), December 1984 (No. 4 , 'Genoveva').

Philips 412 852-1. 3x LP. Digital recordings DDA.Records NM. Book NM. Box NM.

There is a round, golden sticker on the back of the box with the text 'Bernard Haitink - 25 years with Philips Classics'.

Haitink - Schumann - Four Symphonies - ACO / Concertgebouw - 3x LP. Philips DDA 412 852-1 Records Box and Book NM. $ 25.

 

Willem Mengelberg conducts BACH St. Matthew Passion (Matthaeus Passion - SMP - Matthäus Passion). The famous live performance on Palm Sunday 1939.


Singers: Karl Erb (tenor), Willem Ravelli (bass), Jo Vincent (soprano), Ilona Durigo (alto), Louis van Tulder (tenor), Herman Schey (bas).

Instrumentalists: Louis Zimmermann (violin), Ferdinand Helmann (violin), Georges Blanchard (oboe d'amore), W. Peddemors (oboe da caccia), Hubert Barwahser (flute), Piet van Egmond (organ), Johannes den Hertog (harpsichord).

Toonkunstkoor, Boys' Choir `Zanglust' led by Willem Hespe. (Royal) Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Records NM. Box M- because of little shelf wear. Inlay with liner notes in German, NM. Good sound because of moern transfer if compared to the original 1953 issue. Nice copy!

See for more info Mengelberg, Bach and the Philips Miller Recording System.

Bach St. Matthew Passion - Mengelberg - 1939 live - Vincent - Durigo - Schey - et all. ED4. 3x LP. Philips 6747 168 (6599 765/766/767) NM- and Box M- minimum shelf wear. $ 35.

Willem Mengelberg conducts The Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7.

Documenta Musicae
In 1960 Philips Record Company (Philips Phonografische Industrie manufactured the records and Phonogram N.V. was the commercial company) produced a series of recordings made of the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Willem Mengelberg in 1939 and 1940. These were original radio recordings engraved on acetates by the technicians of AVRO Radio. The Series was produced for the Dutch market. Therefor the gatefold covers only have liner notes in Dutch. In 1960 the matrix production for these Minigroove records show the standard of the early Philips plates which is about the same as that of the Hi-Fi Stereo plates, although the matrix production of the historic Mengelberg performances sometimes show a different, somewhat lesser quality of plating. Nevertheless the sound of these radio recordings was very well transferred to the LP medium. At the time of release the nicely styled covers were shiny and sturdy enough to be handled. Yet the laminated gatefold sleeves have had difficulty in standing the test of time. Often the laminate peeled off, partly or completely due to the choice of paper and what was possible at the time. It is therefor difficult to find pristine covers. The same goes for the vinyl records. They often show that they have been used intensively and in that case I do not offer them.

Philips Documenta Musicae W 0904 L- Original Gatefold Minigroove edition. Mono. Recorded 1940. Record M- to NM. Gatefold NM. Beautiful item.

Mengelberg - Beethoven 7th Symphony. Philips Documenta Musicae W 0904 L. Record M- to NM. Cover NM. $ 25.

A MUSICAL MONUMENT

Willem Mengelberg: Franz Schubert Symphony No. 8 (recorded 1939)

Eduard van Beinum: Claude Debussy
La mer - Fêtes (1957)

Bernard Haitink: Johannes Brahms
Variations on a Theme by Haydn (1974) - 10 Hungarian Dances (1980)

Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Philips 2x LP in gatefold 6816 102 and 103. Records NM (as new). Gatefold NM.

Mengelberg - Beinum - Haitink - Schubert, Debussy, Brahms. Philips 2x LP 6816 102/103. Record and Gatefold NM. $ 14.

The Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra at 80 - 1968

80th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Philips USA (Mercury)

4 x LP records - Philips SPS-4-905 - US edition, pressed from Mercury plates by Mercury, Chicago.

*Willem Mengelberg - Schubert: Symphony No. 9 - PHM-500-199

*Eduard van Beinum - Brahms: Symphony No. 4 & Academic Festival Overture - PHS-900-200

*Eugen Jochum - Mozart: Symphonies No. 41 (Jupiter) and No. 35 (Prague) - PHS-900-201

*Bernard Haitink - Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (Romantic) - PHS-200-202

Several lacquers cut by George Piros.
Two accompanying illustrated booklets of respectively 24 and 12 pages give extensive information about the conductors and the Orchestra and its history.

Records NM. Booklets NM. Box M-. Box would be NM if there was not a punch hole at lower right on the front.

Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra at 80 - Mengelberg - Beinum - Jochum - Haitink. 4x LP in box. US Philips SPS-4-905. Mercury pressing. Records NM. Box M-. $ 20.

Willem Mengelberg conducts The Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4.

Documenta Musicae
In 1960 Philips Record Company (Philips Phonografische Industrie manufactured the records and Phonogram N.V. was the commercial company) produced a series of recordings made of the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Willem Mengelberg in 1939 and 1940. These were original radio recordings engraved on acetates by the technicians of AVRO Radio. The Series was produced for the Dutch market. Therefor the gatefold covers only have liner notes in Dutch. In 1960 the matrix production for these Minigroove records show the standard of the early Philips plates which is about the same as that of the Hi-Fi Stereo plates, although the matrix production of the historic Mengelberg performances sometimes show a different, somewhat lesser quality of plating. Nevertheless the sound of these radio recordings was very well transferred to the LP medium. At the time of release the nicely styled covers were shiny and sturdy enough to be handled. Yet the laminated gatefold sleeves have had difficulty in standing the test of time. Often the laminate peeled off, partly or completely due to the choice of paper and what was possible at the time. It is therefor difficult to find pristine covers. The same goes for the vinyl records. They often show that they have been used intensively. In that case I do not offer them.

Philips Documenta Musicae W 09902 L - Original Gatefold Minigroove edition. Mono. Recorded 1940. Record NM. Laminated gatefold EX to M-. Part of the laminate missing but is not disturbing. Beautiful item.

Mengelberg - Beethoven 4th Symphony - Philips Musica Monumentae W 09902 L. Record Near Mint. Cover EX to M-. $ 25.

 

Willem Mengelberg conducts Mahler and Beethoven

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 with Jo Vincent (soprano)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, 'Pastorale'

Special issue of these historic live performances that were recorded by Dutch Radio in November 1939 and April 1940 and published earlier in the Documenta Musicae Series. Very good transfers!

2x LP in box. Reference numbers A02846L and A02847L. Mono. Records NM. Box NM. Includes special booklet in Dutch but I add a synopsis in English for your convenience.

Mengelberg - Mahler 4 - Vincent - Beethoven 6 - Philips A02846/7 - 2x LP in box. Box and Records NM. $20.

Willem Mengelberg conducts Wagner (Overture Tannhäuser), Mendelssohn (scherzo Midsummernight's Dream) and Grieg (Two Elegiac Melodies - Herzwunden, Letzter Frühling).

10 Inch Dutch Columbia - 33 HS 1003. Record NM despite some angel hair on label (playgraded). Cover EX because of some writing on the back.

Mengelberg - Wagner - Mendelssohn - Grieg - Dutch 10" Columbia 33 HS 1003. Record NM. Cover EX. $ 8.

 

Willem Mengelberg conducts The Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Cesar Franck: Symphony in D.
Richard Strauss: Don Juan.

Documenta Musicae
In 1960 Philips Record Company (Philips Phonografische Industrie manufactured the records and Phonogram N.V. was the commercial company) produced a series of recordings made of the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Willem Mengelberg in 1939 and 1940. These were original radio recordings engraved on acetates by the technicians of AVRO Radio. The Series was produced for the Dutch market. Therefor the gatefold covers only have liner notes in Dutch. In 1960 the matrix production for these Minigroove records show the standard of the early Philips plates which is about the same as that of the Hi-Fi Stereo plates, although the matrix production of the historic Mengelberg performances sometimes show a different, somewhat lesser quality of plating. Nevertheless the sound of these radio recordings was very well transferred to the LP medium. At the time of release the nicely styled covers were shiny and sturdy enough to be handled. Yet the laminated gatefold sleeves have had difficulty in standing the test of time. Often the laminate peeled off, partly or completely due to the choice of paper and what was possible at the time. It is therefor difficult to find pristine covers. The same goes for the vinyl records. They often show that they have been used intensively. In that case I do not offer them.

Philips Documenta Musicae W 09908 L. Original Gatefold Minigroove edition. Mono. Recordings from 1940. Record EX Minus. Cover EX. $ 15.

Mengelberg - Franck - Strauss - Philips Musica Monumentae W 09908 L. Record EX Minus. Cover EX. $ 15.

Willem Mengelberg conducts The Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 with Jo Vincent, soprano.

Documenta Musicae
In 1960 Philips Record Company (Philips Phonografische Industrie manufactured the records and Phonogram N.V. was the commercial company) produced a series of recordings made of the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Willem Mengelberg in 1939 and 1940. These were original radio recordings engraved on acetates by the technicians of AVRO Radio. The Series was produced for the Dutch market. Therefor the gatefold covers only have liner notes in Dutch. In 1960 the matrix production for these Minigroove records show the standard of the early Philips plates which is about the same as that of the Hi-Fi Stereo plates, although the matrix production of the historic Mengelberg performances sometimes show a different, somewhat lesser quality of plating. Nevertheless the sound of these radio recordings was very well transferred to the LP medium. At the time of release the nicely styled covers were shiny and sturdy enough to be handled. Yet the laminated gatefold sleeves have had difficulty in standing the test of time. Often the laminate peeled off, partly or completely due to the choice of paper and what was possible at the time. It is therefor difficult to find pristine covers. The same goes for the vinyl records. They often show that they have been used intensively. In that case I do not offer them.

Philips Documenta Musicae W 09911 L. Original edition in Gatefold. Mono. Recordings from 1940. Record M- to Near Mint. Cover NM. Beautiful Item. $ 35.

Mengelberg - Mahler - Vincent - Philips Musica Monumentae W 09911 L. Record M- to Near Mint. Cover NM. $ 35.

Antal Dorati conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Liszt: Eine Faust Symphonie
Wagner: Faust Overture
Berlioz: Faust Szenen

Soloist: Lajos Kozma - Tenor
Chorus of the Concertgebouw Orchestra - Arthur Oldham, Chorus Master

Dorati's association with the Philips label dates from the early 1950s when he recorded Dvorak's New World Symphony with the Hague Residency Orchestra, and when the stereo format was introduced, he recorded the same with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. For Philips he conducted also music of Dutch composers.

This is a live performance digitally recorded and issued in 1982 with the earliest red label and the first logo to indicate a digital recording.

Records NM. Cover NM. Liner notes in English, French and German. 2x LP. Philips 7654 089 (6514 218/219).

Dorati - Liszt - Faust Symphony. Concertgebouw. Philips 2x LP 7654 089. DDA. Records NM. Gatefold cover NM. $ 19.

Willem Mengelberg conducts The Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, 'Pastoral'.

Documenta Musicae
In 1960 Philips Record Company (Philips Phonografische Industrie manufactured the records and Phonogram N.V. was the commercial company) produced a series of recordings made of the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Willem Mengelberg in 1939 and 1940. These were original radio recordings engraved on acetates by the technicians of AVRO Radio. The Series was produced for the Dutch market. Therefor the gatefold covers only have liner notes in Dutch. In 1960 the matrix production for these Minigroove records show the standard of the early Philips plates which is about the same as that of the Hi-Fi Stereo plates, although the matrix production of the historic Mengelberg performances sometimes show a different, somewhat lesser quality of plating. Nevertheless the sound of these radio recordings was very well transferred to the LP medium. At the time of release the nicely styled covers were shiny and sturdy enough to be handled. Yet the laminated gatefold sleeves have had difficulty in standing the test of time. Often the laminate peeled off, partly or completely due to the choice of paper and what was possible at the time. It is therefor difficult to find pristine covers. The same goes for the vinyl records. They often show that they have been used intensively. In that case I do not offer them.

Philips Documenta Musicae W 09903 L - Original Gatefold Minigroove edition. Mono. Recorded 1939. Record NM. Cover VG+.

Mengelberg - Beethoven Symphony No. 6 - Pastoral. Philips Musica Monumentae W 09903 L. Cover EX to M-. Record NM. $ 25.

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