Sir Thomas Beecham (Live)

Release Date: 4/6/2018
Label: ICA Classics
Catalog Number: ICAC5148
Performer: Alexander Young
Number of Discs: 4

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Sir Thomas Beecham caught ‘live’ often showed the mercurial side of his character, and no performance was the same either in the studio or in the concert hall. ‘What Beecham sought at all times was freshness, and his unpredictability was a way to achieve this’ (David Patmore). All the performances included here from the Edinburgh Festival, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the BBC Studios are from Beecham’s final years, from 1954 when he had fully established the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and himself as central figures in England’s musical life, to 1959 when he conducted an extraordinarily memorable account of Brahms’s Symphony No.2. Every broadcast is captured here in exemplary sound for the time, and apart from the Liszt and Haydn Symphony No.101, none of the performances in this set have appeared on an album before, which makes it extremely important for all collectors of the conductor.
Works on This Recording
1. Symphony in D major, Op. 43/G 521 by Luigi Boccherini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1790 ; Spain
2. Symphony no 99 in E flat major, H 1 no 99 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1793 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1793-1794 ; London, England
4. Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, in E major Op. 21 by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1826 ; Germany
5. Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1788 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1783 ; Linz, Austria
7. Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1801-1802 ; Vienna, Austria
8. Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; Austria
9. Der fliegende Holländer: Overture by Richard Wagner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841/1852 ; Germany
10. Faust Symphony, S 108 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Alexander Young (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854-1857 ; Weimar, Germany
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