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Robert Baxter
Courier-Post, April 2002

"Made between 1930 and 1942, these historic recordings show Mengelberg's galvanic conducting style. The Dutch maestro shapes compelling but detailed accounts of these scores. The familiar music sounds fresh and invigorating."

Jed Distler, April 2002

"Once past the heavy-gaited introduction, Mengelberg's Academic Festival Overture (at least what you can hear through the atmospheric but faded engineering) reveals the Concertgebouw musicians on top form. They play better still in a brooding, convincingly sectionalized reading of the Tragic Overture, and the 1942 Telefunken engineering surpasses the other 1930 Columbia sessions. The latter, by the way, sound brighter on top and clearer in the midrange than in previous transfers, thanks to Ward Marston's excellent restoration work."

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