Thomas Beecham

Thomas Beecham
Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Baronet, CH (29 April 1879 – 8 March 1961) was an English conductor and impresario best known for his association with the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic orchestras. He was also closely associated with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras. From the early 20th century until his death, Beecham was a major influence on the musical life of Britain and, according to the BBC, was Britain's first international conductor.

Born to a rich industrial family, Beecham began his career as a conductor in 1899. He used his access to the family fortune to finance opera from the 1910s until the start of the Second World War, staging seasons at Covent Garden, Drury Lane and His Majesty's Theatre with international stars, his own orchestra and a wide repertoire. Among the works he introduced to England were Richard Strauss's Elektra, Salome and Der Rosenkavalier and three operas by Frederick Delius.

Together with his younger colleague Malcolm Sargent, Beecham founded the London Philharmonic, and he conducted its first performance at the Queen's Hall in 1932. In the 1940s he worked for three years in the United States where he was music director of the Seattle Symphony and conducted at the Metropolitan Opera. After his return to Britain, he founded the Royal Philharmonic in 1946 and conducted it until his death in 1961.

Beecham's repertoire was eclectic, sometimes favouring lesser-known composers over famous ones. His specialities included composers whose works were neglected in Britain before he became their advocate, such as Delius and Berlioz. Other composers with whose music he was frequently associated were Haydn, Schubert, Sibelius and the composer he revered above all others, Mozart.
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Thomas Beecham

Thomas Beecham

Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Baronet, CH (29 April 1879 – 8 March 1961) was an English conductor and impresario best known for his association with the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic orchestras. He was also closely associated with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras. From the early 20th century until his death, Beecham was a major influence on the musical life of Britain and, according to the BBC, was Britain's first int...
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HAYDN Symphony No. 93 in D major
HAYDN Symphony No. 94 in G major, The "Surprise" 
HAYDN Symphony No. 95 in C minor
HAYDN Symphony No. 96 in D major, The "Miracle"
HAYDN Symphony No. 97 in C major
HAYDN Symphony No. 98 in B flat major 
Recorded in 1957
Total duration: 2hr 35:13

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Thomas Beecham,
conductor
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HAYDN Symphony No. 99 in E flat major
HAYDN Symphony No. 100 in G major, The "Military"
HAYDN Symphony No. 101 in D major, The "Clock"
HAYDN Symphony No. 102 in B flat major
HAYDN Symphony No. 103 in E flat major, The "Drum-Roll
HAYDN Symphony No. 104 in D major, The "London
Recorded in stereo in 1958
Total duration: 2hr 35:13

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Thomas Beecham,
conductor
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BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8
Shorter works by Bizet, Massenet, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius
Recorded 1943
Total duration: 74:32

Seattle Symphony
conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham

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WAGNER Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Prelude to Act III
ELGAR Variations on an Original Theme ('Enigma'), Op.36 
WAGNER Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Overture
ELGAR Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 20 - 2. Larghetto
WAGNER Der fliegende Holländer - Overture
DELIUS On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Recorded 1943
Total duration: 67:00

Seattle Symphony
conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham

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DVORAK Cello Concerto
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 "Scottish"
Recorded 1943
Total duration: 77:21

Mischel Cherniavsky, cello
Seattle Symphony
conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham

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MOZART Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

Studio recording from 1937-8
Total duration: 2hr 10:01

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Favres Solisten Vereinigung
conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham
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MOZART Requiem in D minor, K.626
SCHUBERT
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Studio recordings, 1954-1959
Total duration: 77:52

Elsie Morison soprano
Monica Sinclair contralto
Alexander Young tenor
Marian Nowakowski bass
BBC Chorus, dir. Leslie Woodgate
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor
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    R. Strauss Don Quixote
    Bloch
     Violin Concerto
    Studio and live recordings · 1932/1939
    Total duration: 73:32

    Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor
    Alfred Wallenstein,
    cello
    Joseph Szigeti,
    violin
    Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York

    London Philharmonic Orchestra

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    SIBELIUS Symphony No. 6

    Recorded live in 1954
    Duration 27:59

    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham 

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      NICOLAI The Merry Wives of Windsor: Overture
      ELGAR
      Serenade for Strings
      HANDEL-BEECHAM
      Love in Bath: The Great Elopement
      DELIUS
      The Walk to the Paradise Garden
      J. STRAUSS II
      Voices of Spring
      Live broadcast on ABC/Blue Network, 4pm, 7 April 1945
      Total duration: 54:43

      Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor
      Blue Network Symphony Orchestra

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      WAGNER Götterdämmerung: Siegfried’s Funeral March
      SIBELIUS Pelléas et Mélisande Suite: The Death of Mélisande
      MOZART
      Divertimento, K 131: Adagio
      SCHUBERT
      Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished.”
      TCHAIKOVSKY
      Serenade in C: Elegie
      BERLIOZ
      Les Troyens: Trojan March

      Live broadcast on ABC/Blue Network, 4pm, 14 April 1945
      Total duration: 57:50

      Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor
      Blue Network Symphony Orchestra

       

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      MOZART  Symphony No. 31
      HANDEL-BEECHAM 
      Piano Concerto

      CHABRIER
      España

      Live broadcast on ABC/Blue Network, 4pm, 21 April 1945
      Total duration: 53:13

      Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor
      Blue Network Symphony Orchestra