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SIR THOMAS BEECHAM ON RECORDS

A growing, but incomplete listing of Sir Thomas Beecham's 78rpm recordings...

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To the unceasing delight of record-collectors, Sir Thomas Beecham is magnificently represented in the catalogues. His renowned Mozart is represented ty, among other works, nine symphonies and one complete opera. Four of Rossini's finest overtures, two of Sibelius' greatest compositions, a widely representative selection of Delius, Handel, Haydn, and Wagner -all are on the lists in his revivifying and sensitive performance. For sheer life-giving, there are few records to match the Beecham Francesco, da Rimini. His Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony does the work full justice‚ -not as easy an accomplishment as it sounds. Bizet, Borodin, Chatrier, and half a dozen other composers are at their very test in Beecham records. For this is a man who, at the age of ten, founded an amateur orchestra that Hans Richter found it worthwhile to conduct, who led Delius's A Village Romeo and Juliet at Covent Garden as early as 1910, who was in the pit for the Diaghilev Ballet Russe and Russian opera performances starring Chaliapin in 1913. In view of the power wealth gave him, Beecham's catholicity of interest would ty itself te the musical world's good fortune. The fact that he has, ty native genius and a lifetime of unflagging hard work made himself a truly great musician is much more than that.

'MX' album numbers are listed as well as 'M' sets - but Columbia issued sets also in the following formats which may have been available for some of the following recordings of Beecham's - 'MM', 'AM' and 'X'

THE BEECHAM RECORDINGS
(with the London Philharmonic Orchestra unless otherwise stated)

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No.2, D, Opus 36. Four 12" records (8 sides) in Set M-302; Complete with album.

BERLIOZ
Le Carnaval Romain: Overture. 12" record (2 sides) No, C68921-D

La Damnation de Faust: Orchestral Excerpts (Rakoczy March, Dance of the Sylphs, Minuet of the Will-of-the-Wisps). Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-94; Complete with album.

BERNERS
The Triumph of Neptune: Ballet Suite. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-92; Complete with album.

BIZET

  • L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-69; Complete with album.
  • L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2: Menuet, Farandole. 12" No. 68921-D
  • Carmen: Suite. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-144; Complete with album.
  • The Fair Maid of Perth: Suite. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-28; Complete with album.

BORODIN

  • Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances. London Philharmonic Orchestra and Leeds Festival Choir. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-54 (also contains Mozart: Moss, C minor, K.427 -Qui Tollis): Complete with album.
  • Prince Igor: Polovtsian March, One 12" side in Wagner: Tannhauser - Overture, Set MX-123.

BRAHMS

  • Symphony No. 2, D, Opus 73. Five 12" records (10 sides) in Set M-265; Complete with album.
  • Tragic Overture, Opus 81. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-85 (also contains Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro - Overture); Complete with album.

CHABRIER
Espana. 12" record (2 sides) No. 71250D

DEBUSSY
Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un faune. 12" record (2 sides) No. 69600D

DELIUS

  • Brigg Fair: An English Rhapsody. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-30; Complete with album.
  • Delius Society Set No. 1 -Paris; Erentyr; Koanga‚ -Closing Scene; Hassan- Interlude and Serenade; Songs- To the Queen of My Heart and Love's Philosophy (Heddle Nash, tenor). Seven 12" records (14 sides) in Set M-305; Complete with album.
  • Delius Society Set No. 2 Sea Drift; In a Summer Garden; Over the Hills and Far Away; Fennimore and Gerda -Intermezzo (London Select Choir and John Brownlee, Laritone). Seven 12" records (14 sides) in Set M-290; Complete with album.
  • Delius Society Set No. 3 Appalachia; Hassan -Closing Scene; Koanga -La Calinda; Irmelin -Intermezzo (BBC Choir). Seven 12" records (14 sides) in Set M-355; Complete with album.
  • On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. (12" record (2 sides)‚ with The Walk to Paradise Garden, in Set MX-31; Complete with album.
  • Summer Night on the River. London Symphony Orchestra. 10" record (2 sides) No. 17087D
  • The Walk to Paradise Garden (from A Village Romeo and Juliet). Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. (12" record‚ 2 sides with On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring), in Set MX-31; Complete with album.

DVORAK

  • Legende, Opus 59, No. 3, One 12" side in Slavonic Rhapsody, Set MX-55.
  • Slavonic Rnapsody, Opus 45, No. 3. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-55 (also contains Legende, Opus 59, No. 3); Complete with album.

FRANCK
Symphony, D minor. Five 12" records (10 sides) in Set M-479; Complete with album.

GRETRY
Zemire et Azor: Air de Ballet. One 12" side in Rossini: Semiramide -Overture, Set MX-215.

GRIEG
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-180; Complete with album.

HANDEL
The Faithful Shepherd Suite. Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set M-458; Complete with album.

The Gods Go A-Begging Suite:
Musette; TamLourin. 12" record (2 sides) No. 68881D (with The Origin of Design Suite: Minuet; Sarabande)
Minuet; Tambourin. One 12" side in Mozart: Symphony, D, K.297, Set M-360.
Musette. One-half 12" side in Rossini: William Tell Overture, Set MX-60.
Sarabande; Tambourin. One 12" side in Mozart: Symphony, C, K.551, Set M-194.

Messian (nearly complete). BBC Chorus, Dora Labette (soprano), Muriel Brunskill (contralto), Nellie Walker (contralto), Hubert Eisdell (tenor), Harold Williams (bass). Eighteen 12" records (36 sides) in Set M-271; Complete with albums

The Origin of Design Suite:
Bourree; Rondeau; Gigue; Musette; Battle; Finale. 12" record (2 sides) No. 68156D
Minuet. One-half 12" side in Rossini: William Tell Overture, Set MX-60.
Minuet; Sarabande. 12" record (2 sides) No. 68881D (with The Gods Go A-Begging Suite: Musette; Tambourin)
Solomon: Arrival of the Queen of Sheha. 12" record (2 sides) No. 9077M (with Rossini: La Scala di Seta-Overture)

HAYDN

  • Symphony No. 93, D. Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set M-336; Complete with album.
  • Symphony No. 99, E flat. Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set M-264; Complete with album.
  • Symphony No. 104 ("London"), D. Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set M-409; Complete with album.

MENDELSSOHN

  • Concerto, E minor, for violin and orchestra. Joseph Szigeti (violin). Four 12" records (8 sides) in Set M-190; Complete with album.
  • The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave) Overture. 12 record No. 69400D
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream: Wedding March; Nocturne. 12" record (2 sides). No. 68888D
  • Ruy Blas Overture. 12" record (2 sides) No. 70352D

MOZART

  • Concerto No. 4, D, for violin and orchestra, K.218. Joseph Szigeti (violin). Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set M-224; Complete with album.
  • Don Giovanni: Overture. 12" record (2 sides) No. 70365D
  • Mass, C minor, K.427: Qui Tollis. Leeds Festival Choir. One 12 side in Borodin: Prince Igor - Polovtsian Dances, Set MX-54.
  • Le Nozze di Figaro: Overture. One 12" side in Brahms: Tragic Overture, Set MX-85.
  • Symphony No. 29, A, K.201. Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set M-333; Complete with album.
  • Symphony No. 31 ("Paris"), D, K.297. Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set M-360; Complete with album.
  • Symphony No. 34, C, K.338. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set M-123; Complete with album.
  • Symphony No. 35 ("Haffner"), D, K.385. Three 12" records (5 sides) in Set M-399; Complete with album.
  • Symphony No. 36 ("Linz"), C, K.425. Three 12" records (7 sides) in Set M-387; Complete with album.
  • Symphony No. 38 ("Prague"), D, K.504. Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set M-509; Complete with album.
  • Symphony No. 39, E flat, K.543. Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set M-456; Complete with album.
  • Symphony No. 40, G minor, K.550. Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set M-316; Complete with album.
  • Symphony No. 41 ("Jupiter"), C, K.551. Four 12" records (8 sides) in Set M-194; Complete with album.
  • Die Zauberflote. Tiana Lemnitz (Pamina), Erna Berger (Astrafiammante), Helge Roswaenge (Tamino), Gerhard Hulsch (Papageno), Wilhelm Strienz (Sarastro), other noted soloists, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Nineteen 12" records (37 sides) in Sets VM-541/542: Complete with albums.

NICOLAI
The Merry Wives of Windsor: Overture. 12" record (2 sides) No. 68938D

OFFENBACH
The Tales of Hoffman: Barcarolle; Entr'acte; Duet (Act II); Intermezzo. 12" record (2 sides) No. 68692D

PROKOFIEV
Concerto, D, for violin and orchestra. Joseph Szigeti (violin). Three 12" records (5 sides) in Set M-244; Complete with album.

PUCCINI
La Boheme: Act IV. Lisa Perli (Mimi), Stella Andreva (Musetta), Heddle Nash (Rodolfo), John Brownlee (Marcello), Robert Easton (Colline), Robert Alva (Schaunard). Four 12" records (8 sides) in Set M-274; Complete with album.

ROSSINI

  • La Gazza Ladra: Overture. 12" record (2 sides) No. 68301D
  • Rossiniana (arr. Respighi). Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-56; Complete with album
  • La Scala di Seta: Overture. 12" record (2 sides) No. 9077M (with Handel: Solomon - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba)
  • Semiramide: Overture. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-215 (with Gretry: Zemire et Azor‚ Air de Ballet); Complete with album.
  • William Tell: Overture. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-60 (with Handel: The Gods Go A Begging - Musette and The Origin of Design - Minuet) ; Complete with album.

SCHUBERT

  • Symphony No. 5, B flat. Four 12" records (8 sides) in Set M-366; Complete with album
  • Symphony No. 8 ("Unfinisned"), B minor. Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set M-330; Complete with album.

SIBELIUS

  • Concerto, D minor, for violin and orchestra. Jascha Heifetz (violin). Four 12" records (8 sides) in Set VM-309; Complete with album.
  • Festivo (Scenes historiques. Opus 25, No. 3). 12" record (2 sides) No. 68590D
  • Finlandia, Opus 26, No. 7. 12" record (2 sides) No. 69180D

Sibelius Society Set No. 5:

  • Symphony No. 4. A minor, Opus 63; Lemminkainen's Homeward Journey, Opus 22: The Tempest: Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7. Seven 12" records (14 sides) in Set VM-446; Complete with album.

Sibelius Society Set No. 6:

  • En Saga, Opus 9; In Memoriam, Opus 59; The Bard, Opus 64; Pelleas and Melisande Suite, Opus 46: Nos. 3, 7, 8; Kuolema: Valse Triste, Opus 44; The Tempest: Prelude. Seven 12" records (14 sides) in Set VM-658; Complete with album.

STRAUSS, JOHANN. JR.
Voices of Spring Waltz (Fruhlingsstimmen). 12" record (2 sides) No. 70338D

SUPPE
Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna. 12" record (2 sides) No. 71439D

TCHAIKOVSKY

  • Capriccio Italien, Opus 45. Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-229; Complete with album.
  • Francesca da Rimini, Opus 32. Three 12" records (6 sides) in Set M-447; Complete with album.
  • Symphony No. 5, E minor, Opus 64. Five 12" records (10 sides) in Set M-470; Complete with album.

WAGNER

  • Eine Faust Overture. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-63 (also contains Lohengrin: Prelude to Act III); Complete with album.
  • Der fliegende Hollander: Overture. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-107 (also contains Tannhauser: Festmarsch); Complete with album.
  • Liie Gotterdammerung: Hagens Wacht, Act I and Hagens Ruf, Act II. Ludwig Weber (bass), Herbert Janssen (baritone), Royal Opera Chorus. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-83; Complete with album.
  • Lohengrin: Prelude to Act III. One 12" side in Eine Faust Overture, Set MX-63.
  • Die Meistersinger: Overture. 12" record (2 sides) No. 68854D
  • Die Meistersinger: Excerpts (Da zu dir der Heilandkam; Prize Song; Wach' auf). Torsten Ralf (tenor), other noted soloists, Chorus of Royal Opera House. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-87; Complete with album.
  • Tannhauser: Overture. Two 12" records (4 sides) in Set MX-123 (also contains Borodin: Prince Igor-Polovtsian March); Complete with album.
  • Tannhauser: Festmarsch, Act II. One 12" side in Der fliegende Hollander: Overture, Set MX-IO7.

WEBER

  • Der Freischutz: Overture. 12" record (2 sides) No. C-68986D
  • Oberon: Overture. 12" record (2 sides) No. 69410D

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