Beecham, Sir Thomas

Delius: Orchestral & Choral Works

CD (Number of discs: 7)
3 Mar 2017

Barcode: 0190295869267

Composer: Frederick Delius
Other participants: Jean Pougnet, Betty Beecham, Dora Labbette, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra

“No conductor has yet surpassed him in conjuring up to sheer perfection the hidden beauties of Delius's scripts.” Those were the words of Eric Fenby, Delius’s aide and amanuensis, on Sir Thomas Beecham, a tireless and eloquent champion of the composer’s music. This wide-reaching collection extends from much-loved works closely identified with Beecham to more rarely-heard pieces that he only recorded once.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Over the Hills and Far Away (ed. Beecham)  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
02 Sleigh ride (Winter night)  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
03 Brigg Fair: Introduction (Slow. Pastoral)  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
04 Brigg Fair: I. Theme (with easy movement)  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
05 Brigg Fair: Variation 1  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
06 Brigg Fair: Variation 2  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
07 Brigg Fair: Variation 3  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
08 Brigg Fair: Variation 4  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
09 Brigg Fair: Variation 5  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
10 Brigg Fair: Variation 6  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
11 Brigg Fair: II. Interlude (Slow and very quietly)  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
12 Brigg Fair: III. Variation 7 (Rather quicker but not hurried)  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
13 Brigg Fair: Variation 8  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
14 Brigg Fair: Variation 9 (With easy movement)  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
15 Brigg Fair: Variation 10  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
16 Brigg Fair: Variation 11 (Slow. With solemnity)  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
17 Brigg Fair: Variation 12 (Maestoso)  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
18 Brigg Fair: Transition  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
19 Brigg Fair: IV. Variation 13 (Gaily)  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
20 Brigg Fair: Variation 14  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
21 Brigg Fair: Variation 15  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
22 Brigg Fair: Variation 16  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
23 Brigg Fair: Transition (Rather quicker)  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
24 Brigg Fair: Variation 17 (Rather slower. Very broadly)  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
25 Brigg Fair: Coda (Very quietly)  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
26 I. Daybreak - Dance from Florida Suite RTVI/1  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
27 Florida Suite (rev. & ed. Beecham) (1960 Digital Remaster): II. By the River (Andantino)  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
28 Florida Suite (rev. & ed. Beecham) (1960 Digital Remaster): III. Sunset (Moderato) - Danza (Allegretto)  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
29 Florida Suite (rev. & ed. Beecham) (1960 Digital Remaster): IV. At Night (Andante moderato)  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
30 Marche-caprice  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
Disc 2 
01 A Dance Rhapsody No. 2  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
02 Summer Evening  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
03 On hearing the first cuckoo in Spring  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
04 Summer Night on the River  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
05 A Song before sunrise  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
06 Intermezzo from Fennimore and Gerda  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
07 Irmelin Prelude  - Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
08 Songs of Sunset: A song of the setting sun! (Quietly)  - Maureen Forrester/John Cameron/Beecham Choral Society/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham/Denis Vaughan 
09 Songs of Sunset: Cease smiling, dear! (With easy movement).  - Maureen Forrester/John Cameron/Beecham Choral Society/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham/Denis Vaughan 
10 Songs of Sunset: Pale amber sunlight falls (Slow).  - Maureen Forrester/John Cameron/Beecham Choral Society/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham/Denis Vaughan 
11 Songs of Sunset: Exceeding sorrow consumeth my sad heart! (Con tristezza. Not too slow).  - Maureen Forrester/John Cameron/Beecham Choral Society/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham/Denis Vaughan 
12 Songs of Sunset: By the sad waters of separation (With quiet movement).  - Maureen Forrester/John Cameron/Beecham Choral Society/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham/Denis Vaughan 
13 Songs of Sunset: See how the trees and the osiers lithe (Freshly).  - Maureen Forrester/John Cameron/Beecham Choral Society/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham/Denis Vaughan 
14 Songs of Sunset: I was not sorrowful (Very quietly but not too slow)  - Maureen Forrester/John Cameron/Beecham Choral Society/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham/Denis Vaughan 
15 Songs of Sunset: They are not long, the weeping and the laughter (Quietly).  - Maureen Forrester/John Cameron/Beecham Choral Society/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham/Denis Vaughan 
Disc 3 
01 A Dance Rhapsody No. 1 (1992 Digital Remaster): Lento -  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
02 A Dance Rhapsody No. 1 (1992 Digital Remaster): Comodo -  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
03 A Dance Rhapsody No. 1 (1992 Digital Remaster): Vivo -  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
04 A Dance Rhapsody No. 1 (1992 Digital Remaster): Più lento tranquillo -  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
05 A Dance Rhapsody No. 1 (1992 Digital Remaster): Molto adagio  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
06 Violin Concerto (1992 Digital Remaster): With moderate tempo -  - Jean Pougnet/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
07 Violin Concerto (1992 Digital Remaster): Slower -  - Jean Pougnet/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
08 Violin Concerto (1992 Digital Remaster): Tempo I - Allegretto - Più moderato  - Jean Pougnet/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
09 Delius: Piano Concerto in C Minor, RT VII/4 (Original version): I. Allegro non troppo  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
10 Delius: Piano Concerto in C Minor, RT VII/4 (Original version): II. Largo  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
11 Delius: Piano Concerto in C Minor, RT VII/4 (Original version): III. Tempo primo  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
12 Paa Vidderne (On the Heights)  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
13 Delius: A Mass of Life, RT II/4: Prelude to part 2  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
Disc 4 
01 A Village Romeo and Juliet (1992 Digital Remaster): SCENE 1 - September. A piece of land on a hill  - Denis Dowling/Frederick Sharp/Margaret Ritchie/René Soames/Dorothy Bond/Lorely Dyer/Gordon Clinton/Donald Munro/Marjorie Avis/Gwladys Garside/Lloyd Strauss-Smith/Marion Davies/Philip Hattey/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
02 A Village Romeo and Juliet (1992 Digital Remaster): SCENE 2 - Six years later. Outside Marti's house  - Denis Dowling/Frederick Sharp/Margaret Ritchie/René Soames/Dorothy Bond/Lorely Dyer/Gordon Clinton/Donald Munro/Marjorie Avis/Gwladys Garside/Lloyd Strauss-Smith/Marion Davies/Philip Hattey/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
03 A Village Romeo and Juliet (1992 Digital Remaster): SCENE 3 - The Wildland  - Denis Dowling/Frederick Sharp/Margaret Ritchie/René Soames/Dorothy Bond/Lorely Dyer/Gordon Clinton/Donald Munro/Marjorie Avis/Gwladys Garside/Lloyd Strauss-Smith/Marion Davies/Philip Hattey/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
04 A Village Romeo and Juliet (1992 Digital Remaster): SCENE 4 - Interior of Mart's house (part 1)  - Denis Dowling/Frederick Sharp/Margaret Ritchie/René Soames/Dorothy Bond/Lorely Dyer/Gordon Clinton/Donald Munro/Marjorie Avis/Gwladys Garside/Lloyd Strauss-Smith/Marion Davies/Philip Hattey/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
05 A Village Romeo and Juliet (1992 Digital Remaster): The dream of Sali and Vrenchen (Wedding Scene)  - Denis Dowling/Frederick Sharp/Margaret Ritchie/René Soames/Dorothy Bond/Lorely Dyer/Gordon Clinton/Donald Munro/Marjorie Avis/Gwladys Garside/Lloyd Strauss-Smith/Marion Davies/Philip Hattey/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
Disc 5 
01 A Village Romeo and Juliet (1992 Digital Remaster): SCENE 5 - The Fair  - Denis Dowling/Frederick Sharp/Margaret Ritchie/René Soames/Dorothy Bond/Lorely Dyer/Gordon Clinton/Donald Munro/Marjorie Avis/Gwladys Garside/Lloyd Strauss-Smith/Marion Davies/Philip Hattey/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
02 A Village Romeo and Juliet (1992 Digital Remaster): The Walk to the Paradise Garden  - Denis Dowling/Frederick Sharp/Margaret Ritchie/René Soames/Dorothy Bond/Lorely Dyer/Gordon Clinton/Donald Munro/Marjorie Avis/Gwladys Garside/Lloyd Strauss-Smith/Marion Davies/Philip Hattey/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
03 A Village Romeo and Juliet (1992 Digital Remaster): SCENE 6 - The Paradise Garden  - Denis Dowling/Frederick Sharp/Margaret Ritchie/René Soames/Dorothy Bond/Lorely Dyer/Gordon Clinton/Donald Munro/Marjorie Avis/Gwladys Garside/Lloyd Strauss-Smith/Marion Davies/Philip Hattey/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
04 Sea Drift: Once Paumanok -  - Gordon Clinton/Sir Thomas Beecham 
05 Sea Drift: Shine! shine! shine! -  - Gordon Clinton/Sir Thomas Beecham 
06 Sea Drift: Till of a sudden -  - Gordon Clinton/Sir Thomas Beecham 
07 Sea Drift: Blow! blow! blow!  - Gordon Clinton/Sir Thomas Beecham 
08 Sea Drift: Yes my brother I know -  - Gordon Clinton/Sir Thomas Beecham 
09 Sea Drift: O rising stars! -  - Gordon Clinton/Sir Thomas Beecham 
10 Sea Drift: O reckless despairing carols -  - Gordon Clinton/Sir Thomas Beecham 
11 Sea Drift: O past! O happy life  - Gordon Clinton/Sir Thomas Beecham 
12 Delius: In a Summer Garden, RT VI/17  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
Disc 6 
01 Delius: Hassan, RT I/9: Intermezzo  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
02 Delius: Hassan, RT I/9: Serenade  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
03 Delius: Hassan, RT I/9: Unaccompanied wordless chorus  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
04 Delius: Hassan, RT I/9: Closing scene  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
05 Delius: Koanga, RT I/4, Act 2: La Calinda  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
06 Delius: Koanga, RT I/4, Act 2: Final Scene  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
07 Delius: Appalachia, RT II/2  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
08 Delius: Eventyr, RT VI/23  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
Disc 7 
01 The Song of the High Hills: With quiet easy movement - Tranquillo -  - Freda Hart/Leslie Jones/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
02 The Song of the High Hills: Very slow (The wide, far distance - The great solitude) - Slow and solemnly -  - Freda Hart/Leslie Jones/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
03 The Song of the High Hills: In tempo -  - Freda Hart/Leslie Jones/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
04 The Song of the High Hills: Very quietly - Tempo I  - Freda Hart/Leslie Jones/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham 
05 Delius: Paris - The Song of a Great City, RT VI/14  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
06 Delius: 5 Songs from the Danish, RT V/21: I. Autumn (Arr. Beecham)  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
07 Delius: 5 Songs from the Danish, RT V/21: II. The Violet (Arr. Beecham)  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
08 Delius: I-Brasil (Arr. Beecham)  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
09 Delius: 7 Songs from the Norwegian, RT V/9: IV. Sweet Venevil (Arr. Beecham)  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
10 Delius: 7 Songs from the Norwegian, RT V/9: I. Cradle Song  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
11 Delius: 5 Songs from the Norwegian, RT V/5: II. The Nightingale  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
12 Delius: 7 Songs from the Norwegian, RT V/9: III. Twilight Fancies  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
13 Delius: 7 Danish Songs, RT III/4: V. Irmelin Rose  - Sir Thomas Beecham 
14 Delius: 2 Melodies, RT V/16: II. Le Ciel est par-dessus le toit  - Sir Thomas Beecham 


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