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10 Jan 2013

Sir Thomas Beecham / London Philharmonic - "French Orchestral Showpieces" - Columbia 1934-1939

Chabrier:  "Espana" - Rhapsody
Bizet:  "Carmen" - suite   /   Bizet:  "L'Arlesienne" - suites 1 & 2  (excerpts)   /     Bizet:  "La jolie fille de Perth" - suite
Offenbach:  "The Tales of Hoffmann" - excerpts  
Debussy:  Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un Faune    
Berlioz:  "La Damnation de Faust" - excerpts   /      Berlioz:  Le Carnaval Romain, op.9 - overture**            
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London Philharmonic Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Thomas Beecham    
EMI World Records   SHB 55 / SH 1002**  (1979).  78 Transfers by Anthony Griffith.   (Gretry included in Rossini-Beecham post, above)   
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(Carnaval Romain: 27 Nov.1936 CAX7890/1, LX570)

5 comments:

  1. Superb performances and recordings. And wonderful transfers. Thanks for uploading. Any chance of the Gretry?

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    1. Well - it's nice to hear from someone...and I've won my 'bet' that any query would 'inevitably' be about the 'missing item'..

      The Gretry really wasn't a 'showpiece'- also originally was coupled with Rossini: Semiramide.

      I've only 4 of that Beecham 8LP box-set (in 1979 considered just the 1947/RPO Heldenleben 'worth buying') - but have the LPO's WRC Rossini LP + Wagner: Rienzi on HMV Treasury + other 'worthwhile' bits on some other discs = 'a CD's worth'..

      The transfers seemed a bit 'filtered' by Griffith - but haven't compared them to my Beecham/LPO shellacs:- list below: anyway, might add some more - who knows??

      LX 255 Rossini: La Scala Di Seta 1933-05-06
      LX 542 Bizet Arlessiene 1 541 missng 1936-02-28
      LX 317/8 Bizet: The Fair Maid of Perth suite 1934-06-24
      LX 702: Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust 1938-02-01
      LX 732/3 Wagner: The Flying Dutchman - Tannhauser 1937-11-01 - 1938-06-28
      LX 785-788 Schubert: Symphony no.5 1938-12-15
      LX 747 Mendelssohn: The Hebrides 1938-10-03
      LX 805 Debussy: Prelude faun 1939-02-13
      LX 823/4 Bizet: Carmen -suite 1939-04-12
      LX 860 Chabrier: Espana 1939-12-19 1939-11-30
      LX 884/5 Rossini: Semiramide / Gretry Zamor 1939-11-30

      LX 8063-66 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto - Szigeti 1933-09-27 28
      LX Tchaikovsky Symphony no.5 1940-01-04 1939-12-18
      LX Delius Society: Volume One

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  2. Fantastic stuff, Beecham's conducting is always interesting. Guess you've given up the idea of doing any of the above-mentioned, as the response was overwhelming...but those look just as interesting as the Harty's you mentioned. But many thanks for this and all the other Beechams! (Started listening to his recordings today when noticed that Cyril Scott -an 'interesting' character - had dedicated a Symphony for him...)

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    1. Most of the Beecham 78's (or a lot) are here as LP transfers.
      The Tchaikovsky Sym 5 would be very easy to transfer - but did the Ronald version instead.
      I did a trial transfer of the Schubert Sym 5 some time back - the Wagner I've not heard (the 'Faust' overture is a fillup to the 1930-ish Strauss Don Quixote/New York PSO)......the Delius I could transfer all his pre 1950-ish recordings from LP - but they're on CD from the same tapes..

      Yep..the reponse is 'overwhelming' - but all this stuff is on CD..so no real need to bother..

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    2. Oh, i see - well, it's true you have quite a bit available, anyway! Thank you..

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