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Sir Thomas Beecham: English Music - Delius, German, Bantock, Bax, Lord Berners

Beecham,Thomas
Release Date: 03/22/2011 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 09915   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frederick DeliusGranville BantockArnold BaxLord (Tyrwhitt) Berners,   ... 
Performer:  John [baritone (50s)] CameronMaureen ForresterJean PougnetRene Soames,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic OrchestraBeecham Choral SocietyLuton Choral Society,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo/Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Delius: Orchestral Works (including A Walk to the Paradise Garden, from A Village Romeo and Juliet; Irmelin Prelude; Florida Suite; Two Pieces for Small Orchestra – No. 1: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring; No. 2: Summer Night on the River)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham. EMI CDS 47509 [“Complete Stereo Recordings,” 2 CDs, including Florida Suite, Irmelin Prelude, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, Summer Night on the River] (originally released 1958-63). Reissued on EMI 09915.

Sir Thomas Beecham enjoyed a career-long association with the music of Delius. As Grieg had provided the encouragement to Delius to keep composing, Delius in turn helped Beecham choose conducting as his path. In
Read more return, Beecham championed the composer’s music as no other interpreter has or ever will. There is a delicacy in these sunny accounts, a lightness of touch and also of texture, that sets them apart. While one encounters some occasional out-of-tune notes and ensemble problems in the playing of the RPO, the spirit of Sir Thomas easily carries the day. The performances were captured in good early EMI stereo, which while it comes with some tape hiss, is eminently listenable and has a wonderful presence. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Over the Hills and Far Away by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895-1897; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1960 
2.
Sleigh Ride by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887-1888; USA 
Date of Recording: 1960 
3.
Irmelin: Prelude by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890-1892; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
4.
Dance Rhapsody no 2 by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; France 
Date of Recording: 1960 
5.
Summer Evening by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
6.
Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Date of Recording: 1960 
7.
Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra: no 1, On Hearing the First Cuckoo by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; France 
Date of Recording: 1960 
8.
Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra: no 2, Summer Night on the River by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Date of Recording: 1960 
9.
A Song Before Sunrise by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; France 
Date of Recording: 1960 
10.
Marche-caprice by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1960 
11.
Florida Suite by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887/1889; Florida, USA 
Date of Recording: 1960 
12.
Songs of Sunset by Frederick Delius
Performer:  John [baritone (50s)] Cameron (Baritone), Maureen Forrester (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beecham Choral Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1907; France 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Language: English 
13.
Fennimore and Gerda: Intermezzo by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; France 
Date of Recording: 1960 
14.
Concerto for Violin by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Jean Pougnet (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Date of Recording: 1946 
15.
Song of the High Hills by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Luton Choral Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Date of Recording: 11/22/1946 
16.
Dance Rhapsody no 1 by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
Date of Recording: 10/29/1952 
17.
Paa Vidderne for Orchestra by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890-1892; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/26/1946 
18.
A Village Romeo and Juliet by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Rene Soames (Tenor), Margaret Ritchie (Soprano), Frederick Sharp (Baritone),
Denis Dowling (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900-1901; France 
Language: English 
19.
Sea Drift by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Gordon Clinton (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1904; France 
20.
Fifine at the Fair by Granville Bantock
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; England 
Date of Recording: 1949 
21.
Garden of Fand by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913-1916; England 
Date of Recording: 1947 
22.
The Triumph of Neptune: Suite by Lord (Tyrwhitt) Berners
Performer:  Robert Alva (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
Date of Recording: 1937 
23.
Gipsy Suite by Edward German
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 

Sound Samples

Over the Hills and Far Away (ed. Beecham): Over the Hills and Far Away (ed. Beecham) (1960 Remastered Version)
Sleigh ride (Winter night): Sleigh ride (Winter night) (2001 Remastered Version)
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: I. Daybreak - Dance from Florida Suite RTVI/1 (2001 Remastered Version)
Florida Suite (rev. & ed. Beecham) (1960 Digital Remaster): II. By the River (Andantino): Florida Suite (rev. & ed. Beecham) (1960 Remastered Version): II. By the River (Andantino)
Florida Suite (rev. & ed. Beecham) (1960 Digital Remaster): III. Sunset (Moderato) - Danza (Allegretto): Florida Suite (rev. & ed. Beecham) (1960 Remastered Version): III. Sunset (Moderato) - Danza (Allegretto)
Florida Suite (rev. & ed. Beecham) (1960 Digital Remaster): IV. At Night (Andante moderato): Florida Suite (rev. & ed. Beecham) (1960 Remastered Version): IV. At Night (Andante moderato)
Marche-caprice: Marche-caprice (1987 Remastered Version)
A Dance Rhapsody No. 2: A Dance Rhapsody No. 2 (2001 Remastered Version)
Summer Evening: Summer Evening (2001 Remastered Version)
On hearing the first cuckoo in Spring: On hearing the first cuckoo in Spring (2001 Remastered Version)
Summer Night on the River: Summer Night on the River (2001 Remastered Version)
A Song before sunrise: A Song before sunrise (2001 Remastered Version)
Intermezzo from Fennimore and Gerda: Intermezzo from Fennimore and Gerda (2001 Remastered Version)
Irmelin Prelude: Irmelin Prelude (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).

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