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Bizet: Symphony in C, L'Arlesienne / Beecham, Royal PO


Release Date: 03/14/2000 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67259   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A holiday in the south of France, and what better guide than Thomas Beecham? Sir Thomas loved French ballets and the music of Bizet, and it shows in this recording. One finds no tour de force of ensemble here, and the intonation is at times a bit piquant, but the spirit is exactly right – buoyant, sunny and energetic, never driven or ponderous. The accounts are perfectly proportioned, and suffused throughout with a radiant lyricism. The dates of the recordings are not given, but the Symphony was done in 1960-61, the L’Arlésienne suites in 1956-57. The recording of the French orchestra is open, sweet, a little bright, that of the RPO much too dry, and almost mono in its narrow spread. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Read more Building a Classical CD Collection Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in C major by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 28 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2.
L'arlésienne: Suite no 1 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 09/21/1956 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 19 Minutes 7 Secs. 
3.
L'arlésienne: Suite no 2 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/21/1956 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: This work was arranged by Ernest Guiraud c. 1879 after Bizet's incidental music to 'L'arlésienne.' 

Sound Samples

Symphony in C (2000 Remastered Version): Allegro vivo: Symphony in C (2000 Digital Remaster): Allegro vivo
Symphony in C (2000 Remastered Version): Adagio: Symphony in C (2000 Digital Remaster): Adagio
Symphony in C (2000 Remastered Version): Allegro vivace & Trio: Symphony in C (2000 Digital Remaster): Allegro vivace & Trio
Symphony in C (2000 Remastered Version): Allegro vivace: Symphony in C (2000 Digital Remaster): Allegro vivace
L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Remastered Version): Prélude: L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Digital Remaster): Prélude
L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Remastered Version): Menuet: L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Digital Remaster): Menuet
L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Remastered Version): Adagietto: L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Digital Remaster): Adagietto
L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Remastered Version): Carillon: L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Digital Remaster): Carillon
L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Remastered Version): Pastorale: L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Digital Remaster): Pastorale
L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Remastered Version): Intermezzo: L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Digital Remaster): Intermezzo
L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Remastered Version): Minuet (from 'La jolie fille de Perth'): L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Digital Remaster): Minuet (from 'La jolie fille de Perth')
L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Remastered Version): Farandole: L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Digital Remaster): Farandole

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