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Today’s Memory – Willem Mengelberg

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Willem MengelbergWillem Mengelberg

(28 March 1871, Utrecht – 21 March 1951, Zuort, Sent, Switzerland)


Joseph Willem Mengelberg was a Dutch conductor, famous for his performances of Mahler and Strauss with the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

His father was the well-known Dutch-German sculptor Friedrich Wilhelm Mengelberg.

Tchaikowsky – Piano Concerto No. 1 B flat minor Orchestra of Berlin, Conductor Willem Mengelberg

When he was 20, he was chosen as General Music Director of the city of Lucerne Switzerland, where he conducted an orchestra and a choir, directed a music school, taught piano lessons and continued to compose.

Richard Strauss – Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Conductor Willem Mengelberg (1941)

Four years later, in 1895, Mengelberg was appointed principal conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, a position he held until 1945.

More on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willem_Mengelberg

Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 Concertgebouw Orchestra, Conductor Willem Mengelberg, 1940

 

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Willem Mengelberg

28 martie 1871, Utrecht – 21 martieh 1951, Zuort, Sent, Switzerland

 

Joseph Willem Mengelberg a fost un dirijor olandez, celebru pentru performanțele sale din Mahler și Strauss cu Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Tatăl său era cunoscutul sculptor olandez-german Friedrich Wilhelm Mengelberg.

La 20 de ani, a fost numit director general muzical al orașului Lucerna Elveția, unde a dirijat o orchestră și un cor, a condus o școală de muzică, a predat lecții de pian și a continuat să compună. Patru ani mai târziu, în 1895, Mengelberg a fost numit dirijor principal al Concertgebouw Orchestra, funcție pe care a ocupat-o până în 1945.

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