Sir Thomas Beecham

Biography

Born: 1879   Died: 1961   Country: England  
Conductor Sir Thomas Beecham was born into wealth; his father, Sir Joseph Beecham, was the manufacturer of "Beecham's Pills," an all-purpose remedy very popular in Britain. More importantly, though, Sir Joseph was also a lover of music and exposed his son to it from an early age; happily, he raised no objection to Thomas' pursuit of a musical career.

After both formal and autodidactic training, Beecham made his professional debut as a Read more symphony conductor in 1905 with members of the Queen's Hall Orchestra. When he wanted an orchestra to conduct full time, he simply used the resources of the family fortune to start one, which he led for a number of years. In 1910 Beecham began producing operas as a private impresario; he brought to the stage the British premieres of Strauss' Salome and Elektra, and operas by Delius. He founded the Beecham Opera Company, mainly made of British singers, in 1915.

However, even a fortune the size of his could not keep pace with the expenses of such activities. He was declared bankrupt in 1919 and withdrew from music to put his financial affairs into order. Having recovered by 1923, he returned to the podium, and his conducting career soon flourished. In 1928 he made his American debut with the New York Philharmonic; characteristic of his championing of Delius, he founded a festival dedicated to the music of that composer in 1929.

In 1932, Beecham, dissatisfied with the standards of the orchestral scene, founded the London Philharmonic Orchestra, staffing it with the finest players. It quickly became a top-rank ensemble and successfully toured the Continent. He became artistic director at Covent Garden in 1932, and ruled there in his customary autocratic manner. When the war began, Beecham toured the United States and Australia. He was appointed music director and conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (1941-1943) and was a frequent guest conductor at the Metropolitan Opera Company until he returned to England in 1944.

Upon his arrival in England, Beecham discovered that the orchestras there weren't overly enthusiastic at the prospect of working permanently in proximity to his withering tongue and dictatorial manner. Even the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with a new charter that permitted it to make some of its own decisions, showed little interest in having him at the helm full-time. So, typically, Beecham founded a new orchestra in 1946 -- the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra -- and maintained his relationship with this group for the remainder of his career.

Beecham had already made a notable number of recordings before World War II. With the coming of the LP record after the war, and into the beginning of the stereo era, he recorded frequently. His recordings of Mozart, Haydn, Handel (he did not like Bach), Delius, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, and Sibelius are particularly esteemed; his recordings of Carmen and Madama Butterfly remain classics. Read less

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Born: 1879   Died: 1961   Country: England  
Conductor Sir Thomas Beecham was born into wealth; his father, Sir Joseph Beecham, was the manufacturer of "Beecham's Pills," an all-purpose remedy very popular in Britain. More importantly, though, Sir Joseph was also a lover of music and exposed his son to it from an early age; happily, he raised no objection to Thomas' pursuit of a musical career.

After both formal and autodidactic training, Beecham made his professional debut as a Read more

However, even a fortune the size of his could not keep pace with the expenses of such activities. He was declared bankrupt in 1919 and withdrew from music to put his financial affairs into order. Having recovered by 1923, he returned to the podium, and his conducting career soon flourished. In 1928 he made his American debut with the New York Philharmonic; characteristic of his championing of Delius, he founded a festival dedicated to the music of that composer in 1929.

In 1932, Beecham, dissatisfied with the standards of the orchestral scene, founded the London Philharmonic Orchestra, staffing it with the finest players. It quickly became a top-rank ensemble and successfully toured the Continent. He became artistic director at Covent Garden in 1932, and ruled there in his customary autocratic manner. When the war began, Beecham toured the United States and Australia. He was appointed music director and conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (1941-1943) and was a frequent guest conductor at the Metropolitan Opera Company until he returned to England in 1944.

Upon his arrival in England, Beecham discovered that the orchestras there weren't overly enthusiastic at the prospect of working permanently in proximity to his withering tongue and dictatorial manner. Even the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with a new charter that permitted it to make some of its own decisions, showed little interest in having him at the helm full-time. So, typically, Beecham founded a new orchestra in 1946 -- the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra -- and maintained his relationship with this group for the remainder of his career.

Beecham had already made a notable number of recordings before World War II. With the coming of the LP record after the war, and into the beginning of the stereo era, he recorded frequently. His recordings of Mozart, Haydn, Handel (he did not like Bach), Delius, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, and Sibelius are particularly esteemed; his recordings of Carmen and Madama Butterfly remain classics. Read less

WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Adagio - Allegro moderato - Poco adagio
II. Allegro moderato - Presto
III. Maestoso - Allegro - Piu allegro
I. Overture
II. Allegro
III. Air: Lento
IV. Allegro
V. Allegro
VI. Allegro moderato
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Prelude a la nuit
II. Malaguena
III. Habanera
IV. Feria
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 (2003 Digital Remaster): I. Rêveries - Passions (Largo-Allegro agitato e appassionato assai)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 (2003 Digital Remaster): II. Un bal (Allegro non troppo)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 (2003 Digital Remaster): III. Scène aux champs (Adagio)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 (2003 Digital Remaster): IV. Marche au supplice (Allegretto non troppo)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 (2003 Digital Remaster): V. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat (Larghetto-Allegro)
I. Largo - Vivace
II. Adagio
III. Menuet - Trio: Allegro
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Adagio cantabile - Vivace assai
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Finale: Allegro di molto
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso
III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assai
IV. Allegro con spirito
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Finale: Presto
No. 1. Autumn, the Wind Soughs in the Trees
No. 3. Dance
No. 2. Winter Landscape
No. 4. The March of the Spring
I. Andante - Allegro non troppo
II. Vivace
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo - Piu moto
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace - Trio
IV. Finale: Allegro vivace
Brigg Fair: Introduction (Slow. Pastoral)
Brigg Fair: I. Theme (with easy movement)
Brigg Fair: Variation 1
Brigg Fair: Variation 2
Brigg Fair: Variation 3
Brigg Fair: Variation 4
Brigg Fair: Variation 5
Brigg Fair: Variation 6
Brigg Fair: II. Interlude (Slow and very quietly)
Brigg Fair: III. Variation 7 (Rather quicker but not hurried)
Brigg Fair: Variation 8
Brigg Fair: Variation 9 (With easy movement)
Brigg Fair: Variation 10
Brigg Fair: Variation 11 (Slow. With solemnity)
Brigg Fair: Variation 12 (Maestoso)
Brigg Fair: Transition
Brigg Fair: IV. Variation 13 (Gaily)
Brigg Fair: Variation 14
Brigg Fair: Variation 15
Brigg Fair: Variation 16
Brigg Fair: Transition (Rather quicker)
Brigg Fair: Variation 17 (Rather slower. Very broadly)
Brigg Fair: Coda (Very quietly)
I. Daybreak - Dance from Florida Suite RTVI/1 (2001 Remastered Version)
Florida Suite (rev. & ed. Beecham) (1960 Remastered Version): II. By the River (Andantino)
Florida Suite (rev. & ed. Beecham) (1960 Remastered Version): III. Sunset (Moderato) - Danza (Allegretto)
Florida Suite (rev. & ed. Beecham) (1960 Remastered Version): IV. At Night (Andante moderato)
On hearing the first cuckoo in Spring (2001 Remastered Version)
Summer Night on the River (2001 Remastered Version)
Songs of Sunset: A song of the setting sun! (Quietly)
Songs of Sunset: Cease smiling, dear! (With easy movement).
Songs of Sunset: Pale amber sunlight falls (Slow).
Songs of Sunset: Exceeding sorrow consumeth my sad heart! (Con tristezza. Not too slow).
Songs of Sunset: By the sad waters of separation (With quiet movement).
Songs of Sunset: See how the trees and the osiers lithe (Freshly).
Songs of Sunset: I was not sorrowful (Very quietly but not too slow)
Songs of Sunset: They are not long, the weeping and the laughter (Quietly).
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Ouverture
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Scène et Choeur: Sur la place
Carmen: Choeur: Avec la garde montante
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Récit: C'est bien là, n'est-ce pas
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Choeur: La cloche a sonné...Dans l'air, nous suivons des yeux la fumée
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Récit & Habanera: Quand je vous aimerai?...L'amour est un oiseau rebelle
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Scène: Carmen! sur tes pas, nous nous pressons tous!
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Récit: Quels regards! Quelle effronterie!
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Duo: Parle-moi de ma mère!
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Récit: Reste là, maintenant, pendant que je lirai
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Choeur: Au secours! Au secours!
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Chanson & Mélodrame: Mon officier, c'était un querelle
Carmen: Séguedille & Duo: Près des ramparts de Séville
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Final: Voici l'ordre; partez
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Entr'acte
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Chanson bohème: Les tringles des sistres tintalent
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Récit: Messieurs, Pastia me dit
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Choeur: Vivat! vivat le Toréro!
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Couplets: Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre ... Toréador
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Récit: La belle, un mot
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Récit & Quintette: Eh bien! vite, quelles nouvelles? Nous avons en tête un affaire
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Récit: Mais qui donc attends-tu?
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Chanson: Halte là!
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Récit: Enfin c'est toi!
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Duo: Tout doux, Monsieur, tout doux
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Duo: Non, tu ne m'aimes pas!...Là bas, là-bas, dans la montagne
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Final: Holà Carmen! Holà! Holà!
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Entr'acte
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Sextuor & Choeur: Ecoute, écoute, compagnon, écoute
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Récit: Reposons-nous une heure ici, mes camarades
Carmen: Trio: Mêlons! Coupons!
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Récit: Eh bien?
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Morceau d'Emsemble: Quant ua douanier, c'est notre affaire
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Récit & Air: C'est des contrabandiers le refuge ordinaire...Je dis, que rien ne m'épouvante
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Récit: Je ne me trompe pas....c'est lui sur ce rocher
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Duo: Quelques lignes plus pas
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Final: Holà, holà! José
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Entr'acte
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Choeur: A deux cuartos! A deux cuartos!
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Marche & Choeur: Les voici! voici la quadrille
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Duo: C'est toi!...Carmen, il est temps encore
Carmen (2000 Remastered Version): Choeur Final: Viva viva! la course est belle!
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36 (1958 Digital Remaster): I. Adagio - Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36 (1958 Digital Remaster): II. Larghetto
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36 (1958 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Allegro)
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36 (1958 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro molto
Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92 (1959 Digital Remaster): I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92 (1959 Digital Remaster): II. Allegretto
Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92 (1959 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Presto)
Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92 (1959 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro con brio
Mass in C major Op. 86 (1992 Digital Remaster): I. Kyrie
Mass in C major Op. 86 (1992 Digital Remaster): II. Gloria
Mass in C major Op. 86 (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Credo
Mass in C major Op. 86 (1992 Digital Remaster): IV. Sanctus
Mass in C major Op. 86 (1992 Digital Remaster): V. Benedictus
Mass in C major Op. 86 (1992 Digital Remaster): VI. Agnus Dei
The Ruins of Athens - Incidental Music Op. 113 (1989 Digital Remaster): Overture (Andante con moto - Allegro, ma non troppo)
The Ruins of Athens - Incidental Music Op. 113 (1989 Digital Remaster): Chorus: Daughters of high-throned Zeus
The Ruins of Athens - Incidental Music Op. 113 (1989 Digital Remaster): Chorus of Dervishes
The Ruins of Athens - Incidental Music Op. 113 (1989 Digital Remaster): Turkish March
The Ruins of Athens - Incidental Music Op. 113 (1989 Digital Remaster): Chorus: Where freedom hath triumphed
The Ruins of Athens - Incidental Music Op. 113 (1989 Digital Remaster): March & Chorus: Twine ye garlands
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 73 (1960 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 73 (1960 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio non troppo
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 73 (1960 Digital Remaster): III. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi andantino) - Presto, ma non assai
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 73 (1960 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro con spirito
A Faust Symphony S108 (1987 Digital Remaster): I. Faust (Lento assai - Allegro impetuoso - Allegro agitato ed appassionato assai)
A Faust Symphony S108 (1987 Digital Remaster): II. Gretchen (Andante soave)
A Faust Symphony S108 (1987 Digital Remaster): III. Mephistopheles (Words by Goethe: Allegro vivace ironico - Andante mistico [Apotheosis])
Psalm XIII S13 (2005 - Remaster): Lord, how long /Herr wir lange (Andante maestoso)
Psalm XIII S13 (2005 - Remaster): Look on me/Schaue doch (Andante mosso)
Psalm XIII S13 (2005 - Remaster): But I have trusted/Ich aber hoffe (Allegro moderato, ma non troppo)
Psalm XIII S13 (2005 - Remaster): I will to God/Ich wil dem Herrn (Allegro energico)
Symphony No. 3 in D major D200: First movement: Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 3 in D major D200: Second movement: Allegretto
Symphony No. 3 in D major D200: Third movement: Menuetto (Vivace) & Trio
Symphony No. 3 in D major D200: Fourth movement: Presto vivace
Symphony No. 5 in B flat D485: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 5 in B flat D485: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 5 in B flat D485: III. Menuetto (Allegro molto) & Trio
Symphony No. 5 in B flat D485: IV. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589: First movement: Adagio - Allegretto
Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589: Second movement: Andante
Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589: Third movement: Scherzo (Presto) & Trio
Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589: Fourth movement: Allegro moderato
Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme Op. 35 (2006 Digital Remaster): Introduktion : Mäßiges Zeitmaß
Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme Op. 35 (2006 Digital Remaster): Thema: Mäßig - The Knight of the Mournful Countenance
Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme Op. 35 (2006 Digital Remaster): Variation I: Gemächlich - The adventure of the windmills
Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme Op. 35 (2006 Digital Remaster): Variation II: Kriegerisch - The battle with the sheep
Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme Op. 35 (2006 Digital Remaster): Variation III: Mäßiges Zeitmaß - Dialogue of Knight and Squire
Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme Op. 35 (2006 Digital Remaster): Variation IV: Etwas breiter - The adventure with the procession of penitents
Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme Op. 35 (2006 Digital Remaster): Variation V: Sehr langsam - Don Quixote's vigil
Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme Op. 35 (2006 Digital Remaster): Variation VI: Schnell - Dulcinea's enchantment
Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme Op. 35 (2006 Digital Remaster): Variation VII: Ein wenig ruhiger als vorher - The ride through the air
Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme Op. 35 (2006 Digital Remaster): Variation VIII: Gamächlich - The adventure of the enchanted boat
Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme Op. 35 (2006 Digital Remaster): Variation IX: Schnell und stürmisch - The battle with the enchanters
Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme Op. 35 (2006 Digital Remaster): Variation X: Viel breiter - Don Quixote's defeat and journey home
Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme Op. 35 (2006 Digital Remaster): Finale: Sehr ruhig - The death of Don Quixote
Ein Heldenleben - symphonic poem Op. 40 (2006 Digital Remaster): Der Held (The Hero)
Ein Heldenleben - symphonic poem Op. 40 (2006 Digital Remaster): Des Helden Widersacher (His Adversaries)
Ein Heldenleben - symphonic poem Op. 40 (2006 Digital Remaster): Des Helden Gefährtin (His Companion)
Ein Heldenleben - symphonic poem Op. 40 (2006 Digital Remaster): Des Helden Walstatt (His Battlefield)
Ein Heldenleben - symphonic poem Op. 40 (2006 Digital Remaster): Des Helden Friedenswerke (His Peaceful Labours)
Ein Heldenleben - symphonic poem Op. 40 (2006 Digital Remaster): Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung (His Retirement and Life's Fulfilment)
Ein Heldenleben - symphonic poem Op. 40 (2006 Digital Remaster): Entsagung (Renunciation)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 (2003 Remastered Version): I. Rêveries - Passions (Largo-Allegro agitato e appassionato assai)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 (2003 Remastered Version): II. Un bal (Allegro non troppo)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 (2003 Remastered Version): III. Scène aux champs (Adagio)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 (2003 Remastered Version): IV. Marche au supplice (Allegretto non troppo)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 (2003 Remastered Version): V. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat (Larghetto-Allegro)
Symphony in C (2000 Remastered Version): Allegro vivo
Symphony in C (2000 Remastered Version): Adagio
Symphony in C (2000 Remastered Version): Allegro vivace & Trio
Symphony in C (2000 Remastered Version): Allegro vivace
L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Remastered Version): Prélude
L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Remastered Version): Menuet
L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Remastered Version): Adagietto
L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Remastered Version): Carillon
L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Remastered Version): Pastorale
L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Remastered Version): Intermezzo
L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Remastered Version): Minuet (from 'La jolie fille de Perth')
L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Remastered Version): Farandole
Le Roi s'amuse: Incidental Music - Ballet Music (2002 Remastered Version): I. Gaillarde
Le Roi s'amuse: Incidental Music - Ballet Music (2002 Remastered Version): II. Pavane
Le Roi s'amuse: Incidental Music - Ballet Music (2002 Remastered Version): III. Scène du bouquet
Le Roi s'amuse: Incidental Music - Ballet Music (2002 Remastered Version): IV. Lesquercarde
Le Roi s'amuse: Incidental Music - Ballet Music (2002 Remastered Version): V. Madrigal
Le Roi s'amuse: Incidental Music - Ballet Music (2002 Remastered Version): VI. Passepied
Le Roi s'amuse: Incidental Music - Ballet Music (2002 Remastered Version): VII. Finale
Faust: Ballet Music (2002 Remastered Version): I. Les Nubiennes (Allegretto: mouvement de valse)
Faust: Ballet Music (2002 Remastered Version): II. Adagio
Faust: Ballet Music (2002 Remastered Version): III. Danse antique (Allegretto)
Faust: Ballet Music (2002 Remastered Version): IV. Variations de Cléopâtre (Moderato maestoso)
Faust: Ballet Music (2002 Remastered Version): V. Les Troyennes (Moderato con moto)
Faust: Ballet Music (2002 Remastered Version): VI. Variations du miroir (Allegretto)
Faust: Ballet Music (2002 Remastered Version): VII. Danse du Phryné (Allegro vivo)
Carmen (2007 Remastered Version), SUITE NO 1: Prelude, Act 1 (Les toréadors)
Carmen (2007 Remastered Version), SUITE NO 1: Entr'acte, Act 2 (Les dragons d'Alcala)
Carmen (2007 Remastered Version), SUITE NO 1: Entr'acte, Act 3 (Intermezzo)
Carmen (2007 Remastered Version), SUITE NO 1: Entr'acte, Act 4 (Aragonaise)
Dolly Suite Op. 56 (orch. Rabaud) (2007 Remastered Version): 1. Berceuse
Dolly Suite Op. 56 (orch. Rabaud) (2007 Remastered Version): 2. Mi-a-ou
Dolly Suite Op. 56 (orch. Rabaud) (2007 Remastered Version): 3. Le Jardin de Dolly
Dolly Suite Op. 56 (orch. Rabaud) (2007 Remastered Version): 4. Kitty-Valse
Dolly Suite Op. 56 (orch. Rabaud) (2007 Remastered Version): 5. Tendresse
Dolly Suite Op. 56 (orch. Rabaud) (2007 Remastered Version): 6. Le Pas espagnol
Symphony in D minor (2004 Remastered Version): I. Lento - Allegro non troppo
Symphony in D minor (2004 Remastered Version): II. Allegretto - Poco più lento - Tempo I
Symphony in D minor (2004 Remastered Version): III. Allegro non troppo
Symphony in G minor (2004 Remastered Version): Andante - Allegro non troppo
Symphony in G minor (2004 Remastered Version): Vivace
Symphony in G minor (2004 Remastered Version): Adagio
Symphony in G minor (2004 Remastered Version): Allegro


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