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Richard A. Kaplan
Fanfare, May 2019

ICA continues to issue live material from Richard Itter’s archive of BBC recordings. The good news is that the 10 works issued here all represent repertoire in which Thomas Beecham specialized, and that they are presented in good sound for live broadcasts of the time. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review



Rob Cowan
Gramophone, July 2018

The Adagio non troppo is exceptional; the warming strings theme at 3’44” and the welling drama thereafter confirming this as one of Brahms’s most emotionally compelling works. It was always a Beecham favourite, as was Beethoven’s Second (the coupling on disc 3); both are works familiar from the conductor’s discography (as is everything else in this set), but these live performances from the 1950s confirm a level of intensity that the studio recordings merely implied, and never mind about the odd imperfection. I love the energy of Beethoven’s Allegro con brio and the badinage in the finale, the quick-witted, feather-light strings alternating with brutal tutti interjections—Beecham at his most compelling. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Antony Hodgson
Classicalsource.com, April 2018

The RFH Flying Dutchman Overture makes a good impact and the bright recording wears its sixty-three years well… Beecham gives a dramatic reading with fine singing from the men of the chorus in their brief appearance together with an eloquent contribution from Alexander Young. The sound may not compare with the two-year-later EMI stereo recording but it copes with the many massive climaxes and is decently balanced. © 2018 Classicalsource.com Read complete review





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