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Schubert: Symphonies No 3, 5 & 6 / Beecham


Release Date: 05/04/1999 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 66999   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...a deep sense of humanity that shines through in the contrasting more deeply felt moments of this lovely work. Recommended unhesitatingly!

This celebrated recording united the critics in unanimous praise; and, for myself, I cannot think of any readings to surpass them, not even the Karl Böhm's heavenly reading of the Fifth Symphony on Decca. The Gramophone critic commented "…these extremely charming and elegant performances with exquisitely polished playing, afford deep pleasure."

Beecham loved these works deeply and prepared meticulously for these recordings. After much thought and study during which the orchestral parts would become a mass of blue pencil annotations, Beecham
Read more experimented at length during rehearsals until he got the precise effects he sought. As Lyndon Jenkins says in his excellent liner notes, "…..the huge success of these performances really stems from one…exceptional quality: Beecham's sense of style…"

The Symphony No.3 dates from 1815 (in which year, astonishingly, Schubert wrote over 200 compositions). It is a cheerful, youthful work full of high-spirits and lyricism. Beecham's reading is elegant, eloquent and sunny, with the most beautiful instrumental phrasing - particularly from the woodwinds. To quote Lyndon Jenkins again, "For examples of what one critic termed 'Beecham's preposterously elegant phrasing', listen to the rhythmic élan of the oboe in the first movement's second subject, or the relaxed elegance of the clarinet in the central section of the slow movement; then there is the strings' poise and eloquence everywhere; the fine balance between the different sections of the orchestra so that what is intended to be heard is heard with ease; the liveliness of the rhythms, and the adroit employment of a whole range of dynamics to provide variety to the listening ear.

Jenkins remarks could be equally applied to Beecham's readings of the other two symphonies too. The Fifth Symphony sings joyfully but it has that extra property, that quality which he shares with Böhm - a deep sense of humanity that shines through in the contrasting more deeply felt moments of this lovely work.

Recommended unhesitatingly!

- Ian Lace, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in D major, D 200 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1958-59 
Length: 23 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded May 12, 1958 at Wagram Hall, Paris, France, and May 22, 1958 and May 2, 1959 at EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England. 
2.
Symphony no 5 in B flat major, D 485 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1958-59 
Length: 25 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded May 14 and 16, 1958, at Wagram Hall, Paris, France, and December 18, 1958 and May 7, 1959, at EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England. 
3.
Symphony no 6 in C major, D 589 "Little C Major" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 29 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded November 25-26 and December 15, 1955 at EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England. 

Sound Samples

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

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