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French Orchestral Music - Bizet, Fauré, Etc / Beecham, Et Al


Release Date: 03/06/2007 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 79985   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Georges BizetEmmanuel ChabrierGabriel FauréCamille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BEECHAM—FRENCH ORCHESTRAL MUSIC Thomas Beecham, cond; O Natl de la Radiodiffusion Française; 1 Royal PO; 2 London PO 3 EMI 79985, mono; 4 stereo 5 (77:35)


BIZET Carmen Suite No. 1. 1,5 Read more Patrie. 2,4 Roma: Carnaval. 2,4 CHABRIER Gwendoline: Overture. 1,4 Joyeuse marche. 2,4 España. 3,4 SAINT-SAËNS Le rouet d’Omphale. 2,4 FAURÉ (orch. Rabaud) Dolly Suite 1 ,5


To the end, Beecham possessed the fabled Midas touch, transforming nearly everything he conducted to ringing gold. The recorded performances offered here range from a suavely exuberant España in 1939 to the early stereo of the deftly exhilarating first Carmen Suite and a caressing Dolly , recorded in 1958 and 1959, respectively. The mono of the other numbers, all from the late 1950s, is generally distant, tending to some murkiness, but still serviceable, though things pick up considerably, sonically speaking, when the venue moves from the Salle Wagram, for the French orchestra, to Abbey Road Studio No. 1 for the RPO. Bizet’s Patrie overture, at 12 and a half minutes, and Carnaval , from the Roma Suite , are more dumplings than lollipops—repetitive and bombastic—but Beecham’s vigorous conviction resurrects them with sovereign persuasiveness. To live with.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Carmen: Suite no 1 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 10 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
Wagram Hall, Paris, France (06/04/1958 - 06/10/1958) 
2.
Gwendoline: Overture by Emmanuel Chabrier
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
Date of Recording: 11/09/1957 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 9 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
3.
Dolly, Op. 56 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1897; France 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 17 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Henri Rabaud.
This selection is a stereo recording.
Wagram Hall, Paris, France (12/01/1959 - 12/04/1959) 
4.
Le rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 03/25/1957 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No.1, London, Engl 
Length: 9 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
5.
Joyeuse marche "Marche française" by Emmanuel Chabrier
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1957 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No.1, London, Engl 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
6.
España by Emmanuel Chabrier
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No.1, London, Engl 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
EMI Abbey Road Studio No.1, London, England (11/30/1939 - 12/19/1939) 
7.
Patrie Overture, Op. 19 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; France 
Date of Recording: 10/12/1939 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, Engla 
Length: 12 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
8.
Roma: 4th movement, Allegro vivacissimo "Carnaval" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860-1868; France 
Date of Recording: 10/09/1957 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 

Sound Samples

Carmen (2007 Digital Remaster), SUITE NO 1: Prelude, Act 1 (Les toréadors)
Carmen (2007 Digital Remaster), SUITE NO 1: Entr'acte, Act 2 (Les dragons d'Alcala)
Carmen (2007 Digital Remaster), SUITE NO 1: Entr'acte, Act 3 (Intermezzo)
Carmen (2007 Digital Remaster), SUITE NO 1: Entr'acte, Act 4 (Aragonaise)
Gwendoline Overture (2007 Digital Remaster)
Dolly Suite Op. 56 (orch. Rabaud) (2007 Digital Remaster): 1. Berceuse
Dolly Suite Op. 56 (orch. Rabaud) (2007 Digital Remaster): 2. Mi-a-ou
Dolly Suite Op. 56 (orch. Rabaud) (2007 Digital Remaster): 3. Le Jardin de Dolly
Dolly Suite Op. 56 (orch. Rabaud) (2007 Digital Remaster): 4. Kitty-Valse
Dolly Suite Op. 56 (orch. Rabaud) (2007 Digital Remaster): 5. Tendresse
Dolly Suite Op. 56 (orch. Rabaud) (2007 Digital Remaster): 6. Le Pas espagnol
Le Rouet d'Omphale Op. 31 (2007 Digital Remaster)
Joyeuse Marche (2007 Digital Remaster)
España - rapsodie (2007 Digital Remaster)
Patrie Op. 19 (2007 Digital Remaster)
Roma - suite de concert No. 3 (2007 Digital Remaster): Allegro vivacissimo (Carnaval) from Roma - suite de concert No. 3

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