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Lollipops / Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Release Date: 03/17/1992 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 63412   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyJean SibeliusHector BerliozAntonín Dvorák,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These orchestral miniatures, which Beecham fondly termed “lollipops“ and brought to life in an inimitable manner, were recorded over the years 1956—59. They are a varied group to be sure, contrasting well with each other. Sibelius's Valse triste has both lilt and a subtly expressed melancholy that have never quite been duplicated. In this case, as elsewhere, it is so because Beecham took these miniatures as seriously as he did. He was thus able to articulate the ingenuity of the orchestration, invariably find the apt pulse of the shifting tempos, and revel in the rhythms and timbres. The Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila is hypnotic with exotic sensuality. Moreover, as Lyndon Jenkins points out in the notes toward the end of this piece, Read more “Beecham produced an amount of volume in the studio that could not be accommodated on the LPs of the day, so the engineers had to modify it; here it is given full rein.“ His later recordings of Mozart symphonies seem mannered when compared to the panache of his prewar London Philharmonic performances, but not when it comes to these vignettes. The Menuet from Mozart's K. 131 Divertimento is issued here for the first time in stereo sound. Indeed, whether it is Mozart or Berlioz, what appealed most to Beecham was the melodic content and he could make it sing. To this must be added the incredible virtuosity of the Royal Philharmonic under his direction. These recordings, deriving from several venues, have a full, rich, warm sound, spacious but always with definition and a ripe bloom. For magic, delight, sheer effervescence, above all grace and eloquence of execution, this is a collection no one should be without.

-- Jon Tuska, FANFARE [9/1993] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Waltz by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
2.
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
3.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Menuet des follets by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
4.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Ballet of the Sylphs by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
5.
Legends (10) for Orchestra, Op. 59/B 122: no 3 in G minor by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Bohemia 
6.
L'enfant prodigue: Cortège by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1884/1908; France 
7.
Joyeuse marche "Marche française" by Emmanuel Chabrier
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
8.
Roméo et Juliette: Le sommeil de Juliette by Charles Gounod
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
9.
Zino-Zina: Gavotte by Paul Vidal
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1908; France 
10.
Symphonic Dances (4), Op. 64: no 2, Allegretto grazioso by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Norway 
11.
Les troyens: Marche pour l'entrée de la reine by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856-1858; France 
12.
Summer Evening by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; Paris, France 
Notes: Arranger: Beecham. 
13.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Danse de Pretresses de Dagon by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
14.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Bacchanale by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
15.
Thamos, King of Egypt, K 345 (336a): Entr'acte no 2 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776-1779; Salzburg, Austria 
16.
Divertimento for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, 4 Horns and Strings no 2 in D major, K 131: Menuet by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
17.
March in D major, K 249 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Valse Triste (Sibelius)
Symphonic Dance no 2 (Grieg)
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Bacchanale

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