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Beethoven: Symphony Nos. 2 & 7; Mass in C, etc

Sir Thomas Beecham

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Beecham was in love -- deeply, passionately, recklessly in love -- with Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. His recordings of the Viennese classical masters are testimonies to his love: affectionate, powerful, persuasive, and often affecting performances that love neither too wisely nor too well but with unrestrained enthusiasm and unrelenting energy. Indeed, the only thing Beecham loved better than the Viennese classics -- aside from Wagner, Sibelius, and Delius -- was himself. There is more than a little smugness in his Haydn, more than a little self-regard in his Mozart, and, sometimes, more than a little narcissism in his Beethoven. It didn't matter: as these '50s recordings of Beecham conducting his Royal Philharmonic in Beethoven's Second and Seventh symphonies, his C major Mass and his incidental music for The Ruins of Athens, Beecham's performances may be narcasistic but at least his love is returned. The strength and vigor of Beecham's conducting elicits playing of tremendous power and force from the Royal Philharmonic. Its Second symphony sounds like mature Beethoven. Its Seventh symphony sounds like jubilant Beethoven. Its C major Mass with the Beecham Choral Society is absolutely blissful. And its Ruins of Athens is utterly delightful. While some listeners may prefer the linear intensity of Toscanini, the galvanic concentration of Furtwängler, or the massive monumentality of Klemperer, for listeners who want a good time, call Thomas Beecham. EMI's late-'50s stereo sound is as fresh and real today as it was then.

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Beethoven: Symphony Nos. 2 & 7; Mass in C, etc

Thomas Beecham

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1
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio 00:08:50

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Victor Olof, Producer - Sir Thomas Beecham, Conductor, MainArtist - Lawrence Collingwood, Producer

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1958 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1988 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: II. Larghetto 00:12:36

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Victor Olof, Producer - Lawrance Collingwood, Recording Producer - Sir Thomas Beecham, MainArtist - Thomas Beecham, Conductor

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1958 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1988 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: III. Scherzo (Allegro) 00:04:07

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Victor Olof, Producer - Lawrance Collingwood, Recording Producer - Sir Thomas Beecham, MainArtist - Thomas Beecham, Conductor

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1958 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1988 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: IV. Allegro molto 00:06:36

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Victor Olof, Producer - Lawrance Collingwood, Recording Producer - Sir Thomas Beecham, MainArtist - Thomas Beecham, Conductor

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1958 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1988 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

5
Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace 00:10:47

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Peter Andry, Producer - Sir Thomas Beecham, MainArtist - Thomas Beecham, Conductor - Francis Dillnutt, Recording Engineer

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1959 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1989 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: II. Allegretto 00:09:49

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Peter Andry, Producer - Sir Thomas Beecham, MainArtist - Thomas Beecham, Conductor - Francis Dillnutt, Recording Engineer

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1959 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1989 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

7
Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: III. Presto 00:08:13

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Peter Andry, Producer - Sir Thomas Beecham, MainArtist - Thomas Beecham, Conductor - Francis Dillnutt, Recording Engineer

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1959 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1989 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: IV. Allegro con brio 00:06:52

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Peter Andry, Producer - Sir Thomas Beecham, MainArtist - Thomas Beecham, Conductor - Francis Dillnutt, Recording Engineer

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1959 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1989 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

DISC 2

1
Mass in C Major, Op. 86: I. Kyrie (Andante con moto assai vivace) 00:05:27

Richard Lewis, Tenor Vocals - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Sir Thomas Beecham, Conductor, MainArtist - Beecham Choral Society, Chorus - Denis Vaughan, Director - Marian Nowakowski, Bass Vocals - Monica Sinclair, Contralto Vocals - Jennifer Vyvyan, Soprano Vocals

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1959 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering P 1992 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Mass in C Major, Op. 86: II. Gloria (Allegro con brio - Andante mosso) 00:09:33

Richard Lewis, Tenor Vocals - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Sir Thomas Beecham, Conductor, MainArtist - Beecham Choral Society, Chorus - Denis Vaughan, Director - Marian Nowakowski, Bass Vocals - Monica Sinclair, Contralto Vocals - Jennifer Vyvyan, Soprano Vocals

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1959 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering P 1992 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Mass in C Major, Op. 86: III. Credo (Allegro con brio - Adagio - Vivace) 00:11:45

Richard Lewis, Tenor Vocals - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Sir Thomas Beecham, Conductor, MainArtist - Beecham Choral Society, Chorus - Denis Vaughan, Director - Marian Nowakowski, Bass Vocals - Monica Sinclair, Contralto Vocals - Jennifer Vyvyan, Soprano Vocals

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1959 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering P 1992 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Mass in C Major, Op. 86: IV. (a) Sanctus (Adagio - Allegro) - 00:03:03

Richard Lewis, Tenor Vocals - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Sir Thomas Beecham, Conductor, MainArtist - Beecham Choral Society, Chorus - Denis Vaughan, Director - Marian Nowakowski, Bass Vocals - Monica Sinclair, Contralto Vocals - Jennifer Vyvyan, Soprano Vocals

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1959 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering P 1992 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

5
Mass in C Major, Op. 86: IV. (b) Benedictus (Allegretto ma non troppo) - Osanna in excelsis (Allegro) 00:07:01

Richard Lewis, Tenor Vocals - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Sir Thomas Beecham, Conductor, MainArtist - Beecham Choral Society, Chorus - Denis Vaughan, Director - Marian Nowakowski, Bass Vocals - Monica Sinclair, Contralto Vocals - Jennifer Vyvyan, Soprano Vocals

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1959 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering P 1992 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Mass in C Major, Op. 86: VI. Agnus Dei (Poco Andante - Allegro ma non troppo) 00:06:18

Richard Lewis, Tenor Vocals - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Sir Thomas Beecham, Conductor, MainArtist - Beecham Choral Society, Chorus - Denis Vaughan, Director - Marian Nowakowski, Bass Vocals - Monica Sinclair, Contralto Vocals - Jennifer Vyvyan, Soprano Vocals

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1959 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering P 1992 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

7
Die Ruinen von Athen, Op. 113: Overture 00:04:20

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lawrance Collingwood, Recording Producer - Sir Thomas Beecham, MainArtist - Beecham Choral Society, MainArtist - Robert Beckett, Recording Engineer - Thomas Beecham, Conductor

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1958 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1989 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

8
The Ruins of Athens (Incidental Music), Op. 113: No. 1, Chorus "Tochter des mächtigen Zeus" (Andante poco sostenuto) 00:03:47

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Thomas Beecham, Conductor, MainArtist - Beecham Choral Society, Chorus, MainArtist - Denis Vaughan, Director - Robert Beckett, Balance Engineer - Lawrence Collingwood, Producer

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1958 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1989 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

9
The Ruins of Athens (Incidental Music), Op. 113: No. 3, Chorus of Dervishes "Du hast in deines Ärmels Falten" (Allegro ma non troppo) 00:02:37

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Thomas Beecham, Conductor, MainArtist - Beecham Choral Society, Chorus, MainArtist - Denis Vaughan, Director - Robert Beckett, Balance Engineer - Lawrence Collingwood, Producer

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1958 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1989 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Die Ruinen von Athen, Op. 113: No. 4, Marcia alla turca. Vivace 00:01:49

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Sir Thomas Beecham, Conductor, MainArtist - Robert Beckett, Engineer - Lawrence Collingwood, Producer

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1958 Parlophone Records Limited. Remastered (p) 1989 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
The Ruins of Athens (Incidental Music), Op. 113: No. 7a, Chorus "Wir tragen empfängliche Herzen" (Allegretto ma non troppo) 00:03:06

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Thomas Beecham, Conductor, MainArtist - Beecham Choral Society, Chorus, MainArtist - Denis Vaughan, Director - Robert Beckett, Balance Engineer - Lawrence Collingwood, Producer

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1958 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1989 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

12
The Ruins of Athens (Incidental Music), Op. 113: No. 6, Marsch and Chorus "Schmükt die Altäre", Op. 114 (Assai moderato) 00:05:51

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Thomas Beecham, Conductor, MainArtist - Beecham Choral Society, Chorus, MainArtist - Denis Vaughan, Director - Robert Beckett, Balance Engineer - Lawrence Collingwood, Producer

2005 EMI Records Ltd. 1958 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1989 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

Album Description

Beecham was in love -- deeply, passionately, recklessly in love -- with Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. His recordings of the Viennese classical masters are testimonies to his love: affectionate, powerful, persuasive, and often affecting performances that love neither too wisely nor too well but with unrestrained enthusiasm and unrelenting energy. Indeed, the only thing Beecham loved better than the Viennese classics -- aside from Wagner, Sibelius, and Delius -- was himself. There is more than a little smugness in his Haydn, more than a little self-regard in his Mozart, and, sometimes, more than a little narcissism in his Beethoven. It didn't matter: as these '50s recordings of Beecham conducting his Royal Philharmonic in Beethoven's Second and Seventh symphonies, his C major Mass and his incidental music for The Ruins of Athens, Beecham's performances may be narcasistic but at least his love is returned. The strength and vigor of Beecham's conducting elicits playing of tremendous power and force from the Royal Philharmonic. Its Second symphony sounds like mature Beethoven. Its Seventh symphony sounds like jubilant Beethoven. Its C major Mass with the Beecham Choral Society is absolutely blissful. And its Ruins of Athens is utterly delightful. While some listeners may prefer the linear intensity of Toscanini, the galvanic concentration of Furtwängler, or the massive monumentality of Klemperer, for listeners who want a good time, call Thomas Beecham. EMI's late-'50s stereo sound is as fresh and real today as it was then.

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