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THOMAS BEECHAM  

(1879 - 1961)

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 The 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.

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A TO Z OF CONDUCTORS Naxos Educational
8.558087-90
Orchestral
A TO Z OF SINGERS Naxos Educational
8.558097-100
Opera
A TO Z OF STRING PLAYERS Naxos Educational
8.558081-84
Concerto, Orchestral
ARNELL, R.: Punch and the Child / BERNERS, L.: The Triumph of Neptune Suite (Royal Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Beecham) (1950, 1952) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80798
Ballet, Orchestral
BANTOCK, G.: Fifine at the Fair / RAWSTHORNE, A.: Practical Cats (Beecham, Rawsthorne) (1949, 1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80133
Orchestral
BBC LEGENDS - Great Recordings from the Archive, Vol. 1 (20 CD Box Set) ICA Classics
ICAB5113
Orchestral
BBC LEGENDS - Great Recordings from the Archive, Vol. 2 (20 CD Box Set) ICA Classics
ICAB5141
Orchestral
BEECHAM, T.: Love in Bath (Royal Philharmonic, Beecham) (1956-1959) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80915
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN / MOZART: Violin Concertos (Szigeti) (1932, 1934) Naxos Historical
8.110946
Concerto
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 (R. Casadesus, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Beecham, Sargent) (1952, 1956) ICA Classics
ICAC5154
Concerto
BEETHOVEN, L.: Symphony No. 8 / SCHUBERT, F.: Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished" (Beecham) (1951) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80558
Orchestral
BERGER, Erna: A Vocal Portrait (1934-1949) Naxos Historical
8.110733
Opera
BERLIOZ, H.: Overtures (Royal Philharmonic, Beecham) (1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80711
Orchestral
BRAHMS / MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concertos (Szigeti) (1928, 1933) Naxos Historical
8.110948
Concerto
CHARPENTIER, G.: Louise (Moore, Pinza, Beecham) (1943) Naxos Historical
8.110102-04
Opera
DELIUS, F.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 (Beecham) (1927-1934) Naxos Historical
8.110904
Orchestral
DELIUS, F.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (Beecham) (1927-1936) Naxos Historical
8.110905
Orchestral, Choral - Secular, Orchestral
DELIUS, F.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 (Beecham) (1928, 1938) Naxos Historical
8.110906
Orchestral
DELIUS, F.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 (Beecham) (1946-1952) Naxos Historical
8.110984
Orchestral
DELIUS, F.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5 - Violin Concerto / Piano Concerto (B. and T. Beecham, J. Pougnet) (1946-1951) Naxos Historical
8.111006
Concerto, Orchestral
DELIUS: Sea Drift / The Song of a Great City (Boyce / BBC Chorus / Royal Philharmonic / Beecham) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80097
Orchestral, Choral - Secular
DELIUS: Village Romeo and Juliet (A) (Beecham) (1946-1952) Naxos Historical
8.110982-83
Orchestral, Choral - Secular, Orchestral, Opera
ELGAR, E.: Enigma Variations / Cockaigne / Serenade in E Minor (Royal Philharmonic, Beecham) (1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80611
Orchestral
GOUNOD: Faust (Beecham) (1947-1948) Naxos Historical
8.110117-18
Opera
GREAT VIOLINISTS Naxos Historical
8.110980-81
Concerto
HANDEL, G.F.: Faithful Shepherd Suite (The) (arr. T. Beecham) / HAYDN, J.: Symphony No. 93 (Beecham) (1950) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80491
Orchestral
HANDEL: Solomon (Cameron, Morison / Beecham Choral Society / Royal Philharmonic / Beecham) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80087-88
Choral - Sacred
HAYDN, J.: Symphonies Nos. 94 and 103 (Beecham) (1951) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80165
Orchestral
MOZART / MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concertos (Heifetz) (1934-1949) Naxos Historical
8.110941
Concerto
MOZART, W.A.: Violin Concerto No. 3 / BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto (de Vito, Beecham, van Kempen) (1941, 1949) Naxos Historical
8.111349
Concerto
MOZART: Symphonies Nos. 39 and 40 (Royal Philharmonic / Beecham) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80098
Orchestral
MOZART: Zauberflöte (Die) (The Magic Flute) (Beecham) (1937-1938) Naxos Historical
8.110127-28
Opera
Orchestral Music - CHABRIER, E. / FRANCK, C. / BALAKIREV, M.A. / STRAUSS, R. / MÉHUL, É.-N. / DELIUS, F. (Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Beecham) ICA Classics
ICAC5158
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - HAYDN, J. / MOZART, W.A. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / BRAHMS, J. / LISZT, F. (Royal Philharmonic, Beecham) (1954-1959) ICA Classics
ICAC5148
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - MEHUL, E.-N. / GRETRY, A.-E.-M. / BOCCHERINI, L. / BEETHOVEN, L. / BRAHMS, J. (Beecham) (1953) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80450
Orchestral
PROKOFIEV / BLOCH: Violin Concertos (Szigeti) (1935, 1939) Naxos Historical
8.110973
Concerto
PUCCINI, G.: Opera excerpts Phoenix Edition
Phoenix150
Opera
PUCCINI: Bohème (La) (Bjorling, de los Angeles, Beecham) (1956) Naxos Historical
8.111249-50
Opera
SCHUBERT: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 (Beecham) (1953-1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80277
Orchestral
SCHUMANN, R.: Manfred (Sung in English) (Beecham) (1954, 1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80394-95
Orchestral
SIBELIUS, J.: Violin Concerto / Scenes historiques II (Stern, Beecham) (1950-1952) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80167
Orchestral, Concerto
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
STRAUSS, R.: Elektra / Ariadne auf Naxos (Final Scenes) (Schluter, Welitsch, Schoffler, Beecham) (1947) Naxos Historical
8.111372
Opera
TCHAIKOVSKY / WIENIAWSKI / SIBELIUS: Violin Concertos (Heifetz) (1935-1937) Naxos Historical
8.110938
Concerto




 
 
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