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Beethoven, Brahms: Symphonies No 2 / Beecham, Royal Philharmonic


Release Date: 08/13/2002 
Label:  Bbc Legends   Catalog #: 4099   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsLudwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

REVIEW:

Here, Beecham is getting the treatment. He’s a good choice – people not only know the name but usually a couple of anecdotes about the conductor to go with it. However, the BBC have arguably approached this with some intelligence, having pulled out two works both popular and well-associated with Beecham: Beethoven’s and Brahms’ second symphonies. Out of all the Beethoven symphonies, it was the second and seventh that he conducted most frequently, whilst his love of Brahms’ second is well recorded.

There is no real question as to whether it is any good – it is Beecham after all – so a fantastic rendition of both works is practically guaranteed – and delivered. The Brahms and Beethoven are indeed
Read more outstanding. More importantly perhaps for the consumer, the remastering is of high standard, although there is some (forgivable) deadening of tone.

– MusicWeb International (Christa Norton) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/20/1956 
Venue:  Live  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 40 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/23/1956 
Venue:  BBC Studios, Maida Vale, London, England 
Length: 30 Minutes 29 Secs. 

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