Here a couple of live performances conducted by Eduard van Beinum that have fallen through the cracks for one reason or another. Both of these were issued in 1982 on lp by Past Masters in a set of live recordings involving the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The Sibelius was attributed to Paul van Kempen, but according to Mike Gray’s discography in Tahra’s third van Kempen cd set: “Past Masters released a Live recording of Sibelius’ 5th in Helsinki 1954 or 1955 (PM 37). In fact it is a concert conducted by Eduard van Beinum on June 17 1957 at the Helsinki Festival.” Van Beinum did conduct the Sibelius a handful of times in 1955 and 1957, but this is the only one that has come to light, although this is the first time anyone has offered it with Beinum’s name associated with it! I love the studio recordings van Beinum made of Sibelius’ works, but this might even be on a higher level: passion with precision!
The Haydn is a typically massive, but wonderfully energized reading. I love the way the celli/bassi dig in with such fundamental support. Phrasing is more straightforward compared to say, Beecham, with his personalized hairpin dynamics, but I think this is a central performance stylistically, in the best sense.
Haydn: Symphony No. 101 in D major
November 18, 1951, Amsterdam
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, op. 82
June 17 1957, Helsinki Festival
Eduard van Beinum, Conductor
from Past Masters, PM 37 (Lp)