This page, and those connecting to it, is devoted to Mengelberg's accomplishments and recorded legacy. I offer a list of recordings currently available on compact disc (as well as a second list of those no longer available but worth seeking out from used record dealers), a book list, mention of two societies devoted to keeping alive his memory and a Mengelberg Forum in which readers may leave their thoughts on his art for later inclusion.
I encourage you to seek out his recordings which, fortunately, are available in greater numbers now than for quite some time. Detractors and those not willing to listen will tell you that his work is mannered and self-aggrandizing, and to a certain extent this is true--but this was in pursuit of the higher goal as Mengelberg saw it, the ferreting out of the living heart of the music, gloriously performed in a highly individual and dramatic style that is instantly appealing. Mengelberg's is not timid music-making, and of a style our great great grandparents found compelling--for this, if for no other reason, his preservation of the values and accomplishments of another century must not be forgotten.
I welcome your comments .