Born on 28 March 1871 in Utrecht, the Dutch conductor Willem Mengelberg is remembered for his exceptionally long career as conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. Appointed in 1895 he built the orchestra to a world-class position by the beginning of World War Two. His championing of both Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler between the wars gave the composers much help. Mengelberg died at Chur in Switzerland on 21 March 1951.
Ensemble. Performance to Cherish - Lawrence Budmen submits a further report from the Tanglewood Festival 2010
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