Sibelius: Symphony No. 2; Dvorák: Symphony No. 8

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
This is, in fact, the great Thomas Beecham recording of Sibelius' "Symphony No. 2." While some might argue that his first recording from 1946 was the more propulsive performance, surely no one would argue that Beecham's recording of the work from December 8, 1954, with the BBC Symphony was anything less than the most dramatic, the most heroic, and even the most epic performance of the work ever recorded by anyone anywhere, anytime. And this is, in fact, the great Thomas Beecham recording of Dvor?k's "Symphony No. 8." While it is true that Beecham's only recorded the work once, is there any recording by any conductors more invigorating, more lyrical, more monumental, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
This is, in fact, the great Thomas Beecham recording of Sibelius' "Symphony No. 2." While some might argue that his first recording from 1946 was the more propulsive performance, surely no one would argue that Beecham's recording of the work from December 8, 1954, with the BBC Symphony was anything less than the most dramatic, the most heroic, and even the most epic performance of the work ever recorded by anyone anywhere, anytime. And this is, in fact, the great Thomas Beecham recording of Dvorák's "Symphony No. 8." While it is true that Beecham's only recorded the work once, is there any recording by any conductors more invigorating, more lyrical, more monumental, and more joyous than Beecham's recording of the work from October 25, 1959, with the Royal Philharmonic? Not likely: Beecham's "Eighth" has only been surpassed by Czech performances of the work, performances born of the same Bohemian soil as Dvorák. But for a non-Czech, Beecham's performance remains unequalled. BBC Music's transfers of these performances are a little wider in dynamic range, but a lot louder in concert noise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2004
  • Label: Bbc Legends
  • UPC: 684911415421
  • Catalog Number: 4154

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 - Thomas Beecham & Jean Sibelius (40:01)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Conducted byThomas Beecham
    Performed byThomas Beecham, BBC Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1I. Allegretto
    2. 2II. Tempo Andante, ma rubato
    3. 3III. Vivacissimo - attacca:
    4. 4IV. Finale. Allegro moderato
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 8 in G major, B. 163 (Op.88) (first published as No. 4) - Thomas Beecham & Antonin Dvorák (37:03)
    Composed byAntonin Dvorák
    Conducted byThomas Beecham
    Performed byThomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 5I. Allegro con brio
    2. 6II. Adagio
    3. 7III. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
    4. 8IV. Allegro ma non troppo
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thomas Beecham Primary Artist
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