Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4; Midsummer Night’s Dream
Eduard van Beinum
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4825515
Barcode
00028948255153
Format
1-CD
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FELIX MENDELSSOHN 
Overture: The Hebrides, Op. 26 (Fingal’s Cave)*

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture, Op. 21

Incidental Music, Op. 61:
Notturno
Scherzo

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 ‘Italian’*

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Concertgebouworkest
Eduard van Beinum

*FIRST INTERNATIONAL CD RELEASE ON DECCA

Recording information

Recording Producers: Victor Olof (Hebrides Overture); John Culshaw (Midsummer Night’s Dream); Jaap van Ginneken (Symphony No. 4)
Balance Engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson (Hebrides Overture, Midsummer Night’s Dream); Henk Jansen, Hans Lauterslager, Cees Huizinga (Symphony No. 4)
Recording Locations: Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 4 February 1949 (Hebrides Overture); Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 19 May 1952 (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), 2–4 June 1955 (Symphony No. 4)Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer
Original LP Releases: Decca K2237 (Hebrides Overture); Decca LXT 2770 (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Philips A00436L (Symphony No. 4)
Eloquence Series Producer: Cyrus Meher-Homji
Booklet Editor: Bruce Raggatt

Reviews

‘The LPO is on good form here; Van Beinum is a conductor for whom I have a great respect; the recording… is admirably full.’ Gramophone (Hebrides)

‘It has been claimed that van Beinum was too neutral and reserved a performer. Those who so view him would do well to listen to the… Mendelssohn performances in this set. Not only is there brio and dash aplenty, there is a daring that other conductors would do well to follow.’ Fanfare