Paul van Kempen – Complete Philips Recordings
Paul van Kempen
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4840237
Barcode
00028948402373
Format
10-CD
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CD 1*
CARL MARIA VON WEBER (1786–1826)
1 Oberon: Overture

GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813–1901)
2 La Forza del destino: Overture

PIETRO MASCAGNI (1863–1945)
3 Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo sinfonico

RICHARD WAGNER (1813–1883)
Lohengrin
4 Prelude to Act I
5 Prelude to Act III
6 Treulich geführt (Bridal Chorus, Act III)
Netherlands Opera Chorus · Henk van Wielink, chorus master

ALEXANDRE TANSMAN (1897–1986)
7–13 Isaïe, le Prophète
Cornelis Kalkman, tenor (Tansman)

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Choir (Tansman)
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
PAUL VAN KEMPEN

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

CD 2*
ARIAS & CHORUSES
from
1–3 OFFENBACH Les Contes d’Hoffmann
4 GOUNOD Faust
5 MEYERBEER Dinorah
6 WEBER Oberon
7 SUPPÉ Die schöne Galathee
8 JOHANN STRAUSS II Die Fledermaus

VERDI
9 Aida
10–11 Nabucco
12–13 Rigoletto
14 Il trovatore
15 MASCAGNI Cavalleria Rusticana
16 LEONCAVALLO Pagliacci
17–18 PUCCINI Tosca

Gré Brouwenstijn, soprano · Erna Spoorenberg, soprano
Lidy van der Veen, mezzo-soprano
Frans Vroons, tenor · Theo Baylé, baritone
Netherlands Opera Chorus / Henk van Wielink, chorus master
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

PAUL VAN KEMPEN

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

CD 3
RUGGERO LEONCAVALLO (1857–1919)
1 Pagliacci: Intermezzo (Act I)*
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)
2–5 Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 ‘Pathétique’
6 Romeo and Juliet – Fantasy Overture
7 Marche slave, Op. 31
Concertgebouworkest
PAUL VAN KEMPEN

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

CD 4
PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)
1–4 Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
5 Capriccio italien, Op. 45
6 Overture solenelle ‘1812’, Op. 49

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797–1828)
7 Marche militaire No. 1 in D major, D.733 (Orchestrated by Ernest Guiraud)

JOHANN STRAUSS I (1804–1849)
8 Radetzky March, Op. 228

Concertgebouworkest

PAUL VAN KEMPEN

CD 5
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
1 Die Weihe des Hauses – Overture, Op. 124

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809–1847)
2 Die Hebrideen – Overture, Op. 26

GIOACHINO ROSSINI (1792–1868)
3 Guillaume Tell – Overture

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833–1897)
4 Akademische Festouvertüre, Op. 80
5–13 Nine Hungarian Dances, WoO 1

HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803–1869)
14 Benvenuto Cellini: Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker
PAUL VAN KEMPEN

CD 6
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
1–4 Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 ‘Eroica’
5–8 Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Berliner Philharmoniker
PAUL VAN KEMPEN

CD 7
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
1–4 Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

MAX REGER (1873–1916)
5–17 Variations and Fugue on a theme by Johann Adam Hiller, Op. 100

Berliner Philharmoniker

PAUL VAN KEMPEN

CD 8
FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809–1847)
1 Ein Sommernachtstraum – Overture, Op. 21*

GIOACHINO ROSSINI (1792–1868)
2 Guillaume Tell – Overture*
3 Il barbiere di Siviglia – Overture*

GAETANO DONIZETTI (1797–1848)
4 La Fille du régiment – Overture*

PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)
5–8 Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48

Orchestre Lamoureux

PAUL VAN KEMPEN

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

CD 9
PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)
1–4 Suite No. 4, Op. 61 ‘Mozartiana’

Orchestre Lamoureux

GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813–1901)
5–14 Messa da Requiem (beginning)

CD 10
GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813–1901)
1–5 Messa da Requiem (conclusion)

Gré Brouwenstijn, soprano
Maria von Ilosvay, contralto
Petre Munteanu, tenor
Oskar Czerwenka, bass
Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma
Bonaventura Somma, chorus master
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma

RICHARD WAGNER (1813–1883)
6 Tannhäuser: Overture*
7 Der fliegende Holländer: Overture*

Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
PAUL VAN KEMPEN

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Track previews
Radetzky March, Op. 228
Dinorah, ou Le pardon de Ploërmel, Act II: "Ombre légère"
Nabucco, Act III: "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate"
Rigoletto, Act II: "Ah! Solo per me l'infamia.Piangi fanciulla"
Rigoletto, Act III: "La donna è mobile"
Isaiah, The Prophet: 6. Interlude 3
Isaiah, The Prophet: 7. Chapter XXXV
Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Act IV: "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour"
Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Act I: "Les oiseaux dans la charmille"
Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Act III: "Scintille diamant miroir"
Faust, CG 4, Act II: "Avant de quitter ces lieux"
Oberon, J. 306, Act II: "Ozean! Du Ungeheuer!"
Aida, Act II: "Gloria all'Egitto"
Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo sinfonico
Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act I: Prelude
Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act III: Prelude
Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act III: "Treulich geführt ziehet dahin"
Isaiah, The Prophet: 1. Chapter XVII
Isaiah, The Prophet: 2. Chapter XXVII
Isaiah, The Prophet: 3. Interlude 1
Isaiah, The Prophet: 4. Chapters XII and LIV
Isaiah, The Prophet: 5. Fuga
Oberon: Overture
Nabucco, Act I: "Gli arredi festivi"
Die Fledermaus, Act II: "Mein Herr Marquis"
Overture "The Consecration of the House", Op. 124
Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, TH 30 "Pathétique": 3. Allegro molto vivace
The Hebrides: Overture (Fingal's Cave)
William Tell: Overture
Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64, TH 29: 2. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza - Moderato con anima
Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64, TH 29: 3. Valse (Allegro moderato)
Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64, TH 29: 4. Finale (Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace)
Capriccio italien, Op. 45
1812 Overture, Op. 49
Marche Militaire No. 1 in D Major. D.733
Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, TH 30 "Pathétique": 2. Allegro con grazia
Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, TH 30 "Pathétique": 4. Finale (Adagio lamentoso - Andante)
Die schöne Galathee: "Ja, Wenn die Musik nicht wär!"
Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture
Slavonic March, Op. 31
Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64, TH 29: 1. Andante - Allegro con anima
Il Trovatore, Act IV: "Misere d'un alma quel suon, quel prezzi. Ah! che la morte ognora"
Cavalleria rusticana: "Voi lo sapete, o mama"
Pagliacci, Act I: "Vesti la giubba"
Tosca, Act I: "Recondita armonia"
Tosca, Act II: "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"
Pagliacci, Act I: Intermezzo
Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, TH 30 "Pathétique": 1. Adagio - Allegro non troppo
La forza del destino: Overture (Sinfonia)
Recording information

CD 1

Recordings: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 15–17 January 1951 (Weber, Verdi, Mascagni, Wagner); Radio Studio 9, Hilversum, The Netherlands, 9 January 1955 (Tansman)
Original Philips Releases: N 11142 G (Weber); N 11143 G (Verdi, Wagner); N 12011 G/402010NE (Mascagni); A 00317 L (Tansman)

 

CD 2

Recordings: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 16-17 January, 6-7 March and 13-14 April 1951
Original Philips Releases: N 11176 G (Offenbach: Barcarolle; Les Oiseaux dans la charmille; Scintille diamant; Verdi: Miserere); S 06025 R (Gounod); 402009 NE (Meyerbeer; Verdi: Ah! Solo per me … Piangi, fanciulla); N 11143 G (Weber; Verdi: Gloria all’Eggito); N 11175 G (Verdi: Va pensiero; Verdi: Gli arredi festivi); N 09010 S (Verdi: La donna è mobile; Puccini: Recondita armonia); N 12011 G / 402010 NE (Mascagni: Voi lo sapete); N 12011 G (Leoncavallo: Vesti la giubba); A 00317 L (Puccini: Vissi d’arte)

 

CD 3

Recordings: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 17 January 1951 (Leoncavallo), 23 May 1951 (Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Marche slave), 17–18 July 1951 (Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet)
Original Philips Releases: 402010NE (Leoncavallo); A 00120 L (Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6); A 00128 R (Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet); A 11156 G (Tchaikovsky: Marche slave, 78rpm)

Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer

 

CD 4

Recordings: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 3–5 December 1951 (Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, Capriccio italien; Schubert; Strauss), 18 July 1951 (Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture), 3–5 December 1951
Original Philips Releases: A 00141 L (Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5); A 00603 R (Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien, 1812 Overture); N 09039 S (Schubert, Strauss)

 

CD 5

Recordings: Jesus Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany, 7 September 1952 (Beethoven), 26–28 May 1951 (Mendelssohn), 5 July 1951 (Rossini), 16 July 1951 (Berlioz), 17 January 1952 (Brahms: Akademische Festouvertüre), 4 & 7 September 1952 (Brahms: Hungarian Dances)
Original Philips Release: S06054R (Mendelssohn)
Original Deutsche Grammophon Releases: LPE 16126 (Beethoven); LPE 17056 (Rossini, Brahms: Overtures); LPE 17068 (Brahms: Hungarian Dances); 32037 (Berlioz)

 

CD 6

Recordings: Jesus-Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany, 26-28 May 1951 (Symphony No. 3), 28–29 April 1953 (Symphony No. 8)
Original Philips Releases: A 00177 L (Symphony No. 3); A 00221 L (Symphony No. 8)

 

CD 7

Recordings: Jesus-Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany, 30 May – 1 June 1953 (Beethoven), 2–5 July 1951 (Reger)
Original Philips Release: ABL 30 17 / A 00180 L (Beethoven)
Original Deutsche Grammophon Release: LPM 18074 (Reger)

 

CD 8

Recordings: Salle Apollo, Paris, France, 24–26 January 1955 (Mendelssohn, Rossini, Donizetti), 31 January 1955 (Tchaikovsky)
Original Philips Releases: S 06054 R (Mendelssohn); S 06140 R (Rossini: William Tell); A 400006E (Rossini: The Barber of Seville; Donizetti); N 00271 L (Tchaikovsky)

 

CD 9 & 10

Recordings: Salle Apollo, Paris, France, 1–2 February 1955 (Tchaikovsky); Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy, 1 July 1947 (Wagner); Teatro Argentina, Rome, Italy, 30 April – 7 May 1955 (Verdi)
Original Philips Releases: N 00271 L (Tchaikovsky); A 00284-85 L (Verdi)
Original Decca Release: Decca (A)K1683-85 (Wagner)

Reviews

“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)