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THOMAS BEECHAM

Puccini is not a composer with whom one would readily associate the quintessentially English conductor Sir Thomas Beecham (1879–1961) but he had known the composer personally and had discussed La Bohème in great detail with him in London in the 1920s. The conductor had spent a huge amount of time (and money) in the opera house in the years leading up to the First World War and immediately afterwards. He was in overall control of the International Seasons at Covent Garden from 1933 until 1939 and during his years in the United States between 1941 and 1944 had conducted opera at the Metropolitan in New York. His post-war operatic operations were confined to a series of BBC studio broadcasts, Strauss’s first version of Ariadne auf Naxos at the 1950 Edinburgh Festival, two operas at Covent Garden (Die Meistersinger and Balfe’s Bohemian Girl in 1951), Delius’s Irmelin at Oxford in 1953, and a memorable season at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in 1958. He also made commercial studio recordings of Gounod’s Faust (Naxos 8.110117–18) in 1948 and Bizet’s Carmen in 1958–59 in addition to this celebrated and much loved version of La Bohème in 1956.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
20th Century British Orchestral Masterpieces Naxos 8.505077

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A TO Z OF CONDUCTORS Naxos Educational
8.558087-90
Orchestral
A TO Z OF STRING PLAYERS Naxos Educational
8.558081-84
Concertos
BEETHOVEN / MOZART: Violin Concertos (Szigeti) (1932, 1934) Naxos Historical
8.110946
Concertos
BERGER, Erna: A Vocal Portrait (1934-1949) Naxos Historical
8.110733
Opera
BRAHMS / MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concertos (Szigeti) (1928, 1933) Naxos Historical
8.110948
Concertos
CHARPENTIER, G.: Louise (Moore, Pinza, Beecham) (1943) Naxos Historical
8.110102-04
Opera
DELIUS: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 (Beecham) (1927-1934) Naxos Historical
8.110904
Orchestral
DELIUS: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (Beecham) (1927-1936) Naxos Historical
8.110905
Orchestral, Choral - Secular, Orchestral
DELIUS: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 (Beecham) (1928, 1938) Naxos Historical
8.110906
Orchestral
DELIUS: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 (Beecham) (1946-1952) Naxos Historical
8.110984
Orchestral
DELIUS: Village Romeo and Juliet (A) (Beecham) (1946-1952) Naxos Historical
8.110982-83
Orchestral, Choral - Secular, Orchestral, Opera
DELIUS: Violin Concerto / Piano Concerto / Eventyr / A Song before Sunrise (Beecham) Naxos Historical
8.111006
Concertos, Orchestral
GOUNOD: Faust (Beecham) (1947-1948) Naxos Historical
8.110117-18
Opera
GREAT VIOLINISTS Naxos Historical
8.110980-81
Concertos
MOZART / MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concertos (Heifetz) (1934-1949) Naxos Historical
8.110941
Concertos
MOZART: Zauberflote (Die) (The Magic Flute) (Beecham) (1937-1938) Naxos Historical
8.110127-28
Opera
PROKOFIEV / BLOCH: Violin Concertos (Szigeti) (1935, 1939) Naxos Historical
8.110973
Concertos
PUCCINI, G.: Opera excerpts Phoenix Edition
Phoenix150
Opera
PUCCINI: Boheme (La) (Bjorling, de los Angeles, Beecham) (1956) Naxos Historical
8.111249-50
Opera
SIBELIUS, J.: Violin Concerto in D Minor / Tapiola / Symphony No. 7 (1954) (Oistrakh) Ondine
ODE809-2
Orchestral
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 4 / En Saga (Beecham) (1935-1939) Naxos Historical
8.110867
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY / WIENIAWSKI / SIBELIUS: Violin Concertos (Heifetz) (1935-1937) Naxos Historical
8.110938
Concertos





 
 
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