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Mahler: Symphony no 1 / Klaus Tennstedt, et al
Mahler: Symphony no 1 / Klaus Tennstedt, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-11-23

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"; Mikhail Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila; Spoken Word: Klaus Tennstedt interviewed by John Amis
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus

The Mahler 1st broadcast from 1990 has never appeared before and represents Tennstedt's mature interpretation caught in brilliant stereo. Glinka's 'Ruslan & Ludmilla' Overture is...continue...
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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben;  Schubert: Symphony no 8 in B minor 'Unfinished' / Kurt Sanderling
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Schubert: Symphony no 8 in B minor 'Unfinished' / Kurt Sanderling

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-10-13

Works: Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
Performers: Griffiths, Barry
Conductors: Sanderling, Kurt
Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony

This Manchester live recording of Strauss' 'Ein Heldenleben' with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra preserves his wonderful 1975 performance in Manchester's Free Trade Hall in...continue...
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Boult Conducts Vaughan Williams, Hadley, Bax & Berg / Sir Adrian Boult
Boult Conducts Vaughan Williams, Hadley, Bax & Berg / Sir Adrian Boult

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-06-02

Works: Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis; Symphony no 6 in E minor; Patrick Hadley: One Morning in Spring, for orchestra; Arnold Bax: Mediterranean, for orchestra (arr. of piano p...
Conductors: Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Adrian Boult was Vaughan Williams' close and personal friend as well as one of his greatest advocates. This broadcast in excellent stereo from the...continue...
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BBC 42562
Nielsen: Symphony no 3;  Sibelius: Symphony no 5, etc / Horenstein, Browning, Wheatley, et al
Nielsen: Symphony no 3; Sibelius: Symphony no 5, etc / Horenstein, Browning, Wheatley, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-10

Works: Carl Nielsen: Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva"; Jean Sibelius: Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82; Recorded Sound: Robert Simpson talks about Jascha Horenstein, who died on 2 April 1972 ...
Conductors: Horenstein, Jascha
Ensemble: ; BBC Northern Symphony

Horenstein never recorded these two Scandinavian symphonies so these rare broadcasts are new to his discography. As a bonus, Robert Simpson, the composer, gives a...continue...

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BBC 42492
Stravinsky: Symphony in 3 Movements, Agon, Apollon Musagete, etc / Igor Stravinsky, BBC SO
Stravinsky: Symphony in 3 Movements, Agon, Apollon Musagete, etc / Igor Stravinsky, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-10

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; Igor Stravinsky: Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra; Symphony in Three Movements; Apollon musagète, ballet in 2 scenes for string orchestra; Firebird
Conductors: Stravinsky, Igor
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The iconic Igor Stravinsky conducting his own works live was a major event and the 1958 gala event was no exception. 'Agon' and 'Apollon Musagete'...continue...
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BBC 42532
Mahler: Symphony no 9 / Sanderling, BBC PO
Mahler: Symphony no 9 / Sanderling, BBC PO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-01

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 9 in D major
Conductors: Sanderling, Kurt
Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

There appears to be no current recordings available by Rohzdestvensky of the works represented on this CD, recorded in stereo by the BBC in the...continue...
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Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, etc / Rozhdestvensky, BBC SO
Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, etc / Rozhdestvensky, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-01

Works: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36; Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13; Sergey Prokofiev: Ode to the End of the War, for winds, 8 harps, 4 pianos, bra...
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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BBC 42332
Locke, Schumann, Brahms / Kertesz, London SO
Locke, Schumann, Brahms / Kertesz, London SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-01

Works: Matthew Locke: Music for His Majesty's sackbutts and cornetts, suites (2) for 2 cornetts & 3 sackbuts; Robert Schumann: Symphony no 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no ...
Conductors: Kertész, István

Istvan Kertesz was another conductor with an outstanding future who died prematurely while on holiday. The short Locke opened the Royal Festival Hall program, which...continue...
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BBC 42292
Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture;  Mahler: Symphony no 4 / Kurt Sanderling, Felicity Lott, BBC Northern SO
Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture; Mahler: Symphony no 4 / Kurt Sanderling, Felicity Lott, BBC Northern SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-28

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni; Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 4 in G major
Performers: Lott, Felicity [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Sanderling, Kurt
Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony

Mahler's Symphony No. 4 has never been recorded by Kurt Sanderling and this release represents a new addition to his discography. Sanderling, who still lives...continue...
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BBC 42482
Shostakovich: Symphonies no 12 & 6;  Strauss Jr. / Rozhdestvensky, BBC SO, et al
Shostakovich: Symphonies no 12 & 6; Strauss Jr. / Rozhdestvensky, BBC SO, et al

25 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-14

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony no 12 in D minor, Op. 112 "To the Memory of Lenin - 1917"; Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54; Johann Strauss II: Work(s); Vergnügungszug (Excursion Train), polka sch...
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra

This CD contains the first Western performance of Shostakovich's vast Symphony No.12 'The Year 1917' given in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh in 1962 with the...continue...
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BBC 42422
Beethoven: Symphony no 3;  Wagner: Preludes / Solti, Nilsson, et al
Beethoven: Symphony no 3; Wagner: Preludes / Solti, Nilsson, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-14

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"; Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung; Tristan und Isolde
Performers: Nilsson, Birgit [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Solti, Sir Georg
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra; Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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BBC 42392
Weber, Tippett, Brahms / Schmidt-Isserstedt, BBC SO
Weber, Tippett, Brahms / Schmidt-Isserstedt, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-05-27

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Euryanthe, J 291/Op. 81; Michael Tippett: Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Performers: Dekany, Bela; Goren, Eli; Vigay, Denis
Conductors: Schmidt-Isserstedt, Hans
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Berlin born Hans Schmidt-Issserstedt was steeped in the German tradition. He formed the NDR Orchestra (Northern German Radio) in Hamburg which he conducted for 26...continue...
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BBC 42352
Portrait of A Legend - Tennstedt
Portrait of A Legend - Tennstedt

4 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-12-04

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"; Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92; Bedrich Smetana: Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/...
Performers: Haggander, Marianne; Howell, Gwynne; Tear, Robert
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus

This 4 CD set featuring legendary German conductor Klaus Tennstedt combines four of his best-selling BBC Legends catalogue releases in a newly designed Limited Edition...continue...
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Nielsen, Sibelius: Symphonies / Barbirolli, et al
Nielsen, Sibelius: Symphonies / Barbirolli, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-11-20

Works: Carl Nielsen: Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"; Jean Sibelius: Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

Sir John Barbirolli has a prolific representation on BBC legends but this is the first time that two Scandinavian composers - Nielsen and Sibelius -...continue...
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BBC 42232
Brahms, Reger, Beethoven / Boult, Schuricht, et al
Brahms, Reger, Beethoven / Boult, Schuricht, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-09-25

Works: Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81; Max Reger: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller for orchestra in E major, Op. 100; Ludwig van Beethoven: Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat m...
Conductors: Schuricht, Carl; Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

This release, with bonus rare recording by Sir Adrian Boult, is one of Reger's greatest works. Full of wit, resource and above all, delicacy....continue...
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BBC 42132
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century / Kempe, et al
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century / Kempe, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-09-11

Works: Michael Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra; Alban Berg: Concerto for Violin; Leos Janácek: Sinfonietta
Performers: Peinemann, Edith
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The exceptionally fine and dramatic recording of Tippett's Concerto for Double String Orchestra was never recorded by Kempe and is a new addition to Kempe's...continue...
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BBC 42152
Beethoven: Symphony no 9 / Beecham, Fisher, et al
Beethoven: Symphony no 9 / Beecham, Fisher, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-07-31

Works: Anonymous: God Save the Queen (National Anthem, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland); Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
Performers: Borg, Kim; Fisher, Sylvia; Lewis, Richard [Tenor Vocals]; Merriman, Nan
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas
Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Thomas Beecham has been exceptionally well served by BBC Legends (this is the twelfth Beecham release on the label) though in almost all cases...continue...
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BBC 42092
Klemperer, Ravel, Brahms, etc / Stokowski
Klemperer, Ravel, Brahms, etc / Stokowski

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-04-24

Works: Otto Klemperer: Merry Waltz for orchestra; Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis; Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98; Ottokar ...
Conductors: Stokowski, Leopold
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

This stereo broadcast of a Royal Albert Hall concert given in May 1974 represents the last public appearance of Leopold Stokowski in England. The 1974...continue...
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BBC 42052
Walton, Debussy, Handel, Delius, etc / Silvestri, et al
Walton, Debussy, Handel, Delius, etc / Silvestri, et al

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-04-24

Works: William Walton: Partita for Orchestra; Claude Debussy: La mer; Le gladiateur ("Mort aux Romains, tuez jusqu'au dernier"), cantata for 3 soloists & orchestra, L. 41; Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony no 3 ...
Conductors: Silvestri, Constantin
Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

This "live" 2CD set adds important new recordings to the discography of Silvestri and the Bournemouth Symphony and follows on from the recently issued 2CD...continue...
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BBC 42072
Haydn, Debussy, Beethoven, et al / Ansermet
Haydn, Debussy, Beethoven, et al / Ansermet

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-01-30

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 85 in B major, H 1 no 85 "La Reine"; Claude Debussy: Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra; Ibéria, for orchestra, L. 122/2; Spoken Word: Ernest Ansermet discusses Debussy ...
Conductors: Ansermet, Ernest
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra

The anthology represented here gives us a rare snapshot of Ernest Ansermet conducting classical composers - Haydn and Beethoven - as well as composers he...continue...
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BBC 42022
Hindemith, Dvorák, Beethoven / Giulini, London PO
Hindemith, Dvorák, Beethoven / Giulini, London PO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-11-07

Works: Paul Hindemith: Konzertmusik for Brass and Strings, Op. 50; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141; Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

When Carlo Maria Giulini died earlier this year aged 90, the musical world mourned one of the great conductors of the 20th century and one...continue...
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BBC 41942
Weber, Schubert, Brahms / Tennstedt, London PO
Weber, Schubert, Brahms / Tennstedt, London PO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-11-07

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Oberon, J 306; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"; Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Klaus Tennstedt was born in Merseberg, Germany and after periods of conducting the Dresden Staatskapelle and acting as Music Director of the Dresden Opera, he...continue...
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BBC 41952
Beethoven, Shostakovich / Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra
Beethoven, Shostakovich / Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-11-07

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67; Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

Sir John Barbirolli took over from Toscanini as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in 1937 and became Director of the Halle from 1943...continue...
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BBC 41932
Bruckner: Symphony no 7;  Beethoven / Barbirolli
Bruckner: Symphony no 7; Beethoven / Barbirolli

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-09-19

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107; Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84; Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43
Conductors: Barbirolli, John
Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra

The recording of Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 is a rarity for Barbirolli fans, and is an important new addition to the Barbirolli discography following his...continue...
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BBC 41862
Shostakovich, Haydn, Britten / Kempe, BBC SO
Shostakovich, Haydn, Britten / Kempe, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-09-19

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 104 in D major, H 1 no 104 "London"; Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes; Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The exciting live studio performance of Shostakovich Symphony No.1 from 1965 is a new addition to Kempe's discography and is also being released to coincide...continue...
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BBC 41882
Shostakovich: Symphony no 8 / Evgeny Svetlanov, LSO
Shostakovich: Symphony no 8 / Evgeny Svetlanov, LSO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-09-19

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65
Conductors: Svetlanov, Evgeny
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

The live stereo performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No.8 was never recorded commercially by Svetlanov and is therefore an addition to Svetlanov's discography. Shostakovich Symphony No.8...continue...
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BBC 41892
Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Britten, et al / Silvestri
Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Britten, et al / Silvestri

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-07-25

Works: Edward Elgar: Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town"; Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55; Malcolm Arnold: Beckus the Dandipratt Overture, Op. 5; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 2 in C ...
Conductors: Silvestri, Constantin
Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Constantin Silvestri, conductor and composer, was born in Bucharest and became conductor of the Bacharest Philharmonic. He also conducted the Leningrad Philharmonic and Hungarian State...continue...
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BBC 41822
Prokofiev: Symphony no 5, etc;  Britten / Rozhdestvensky
Prokofiev: Symphony no 5, etc; Britten / Rozhdestvensky

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-07-25

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100; Pieces (10) for Piano from "Romeo and Juliet", Op. 75; Benjamin Britten: The Young person's guide to the orchestra; Recorded Sound: Announcem...
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

This release of Prokofiev Symphony No.5 completes the three BBC stereo broadcasts made from the Proms in 971 which featured Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4 (BBC CD...continue...
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BBC 41842
BBC Legends - Weber, Ravel, etc / Monteux
BBC Legends - Weber, Ravel, etc / Monteux

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-06-27

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Jubel Overture, J 245/Op. 59; Maurice Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin; Willem Pijper: Symphony no 3, K. 71; Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations; Emmanuel Chabrier: Work(s)
Conductors: Monteux, Pierre
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra

"The opening of the little known Weber overture may contain the seeds of Wagner's overture to 'Die Meistersinger,' the ending is a stirring take on...continue...
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Haydn: Symphony no 100 & 10; et al / Jochum, et al
Haydn: Symphony no 100 & 10; et al / Jochum, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-05-02

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 100 in G major ("Military") H. 1/100; Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock"; Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis
Conductors: Jochum, Eugen
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra

This CD marks the celebrated German conductor Eugen Jochum's debut on BBC Legends. Apart from his fixed obligations, Jochum has conducted in every musical centre,...continue...
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BBC 41762
Berlioz, Tchaikovsky / Rozhdestvensky, Leningrad PO
Berlioz, Tchaikovsky / Rozhdestvensky, Leningrad PO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2005-02-22

Works: Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

Apart from being a great orchestral teacher and to some an icon for conducting and interpretation, he was a highly respected interpreter of the post-romantic...continue...
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BBC 41632
Beethoven: Symphonies no 8 & 9 / Szell, Harper, Crass, et al
Beethoven: Symphonies no 8 & 9 / Szell, Harper, Crass, et al

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-10-19

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93; Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Crass, Franz; Dowd, Ronald; Harper, Heather
Conductors: Szell, George
Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra

Szell's recordings in 1968 of live performances of Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9 with the New Philharmonia were considered one of the sensations of...continue...
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BBC 41552
Giulini - Bruckner, Dvorák, Rossini / Philharmonia
Giulini - Bruckner, Dvorák, Rossini / Philharmonia

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-10-19

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163; Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

BBC Legends celebration of Carlo Maria Giulini's 90th year concludes with Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 which he came to later on in his career and...continue...
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BBC 41592
Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner / Jascha Hornstein, et al
Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner / Jascha Hornstein, et al

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-09-21

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"; Richard Wagner: Faust Overture
Performers: Borg, Kim; Lewis, Richard [Tenor Vocals]; Stich-Randall, Teresa
Conductors: Horenstein, Jascha
Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jascha Horenstein has been represented on BBC Legends on many occasions particularly in Bruckner and Mahler. His famous pioneering recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 8...continue...
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Great Performers of the Twentieth Century - Goodall
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century - Goodall

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-06-29

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107; Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Conductors: Goodall, Reginald
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; English National Opera Orchestra

"Goodall has a reputation as a slow-motion conductor, a kind of Celibidache without the mystic aura. This release shows that the reputation isn't necessarily the...continue...
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Giulini - Weber, Schubert, Britten / LPO, New Philharmonia
Giulini - Weber, Schubert, Britten / LPO, New Philharmonia

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-06-29

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz, J 277; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"; Benjamin Britten: The Building of the House, overture for chorus & orchestra, Op. 79; Spoken...
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra; New Philharmonia Chorus; New Philharmonia Orchestra

Carlo Maria Giulini, the last of the great and most revered Italian maestros, celebrates his 90th birthday in Milan in May this year. BBC Legends...continue...
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BBC 41402
Smetana, Dvorak, Janacek / Tennstedt, London PO
Smetana, Dvorak, Janacek / Tennstedt, London PO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-03-23

Works: Bedrich Smetana: Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163; Leos Janácek: Sinfonietta
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

"The sound is unexpectedly rich, full, and well balanced for a broadcast tape - as good or better than many of today's studio recordings. While...continue...
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Beethoven: Symphonies no 2 & 7 / Van Beinum, Philharmonia
Beethoven: Symphonies no 2 & 7 / Van Beinum, Philharmonia

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-10-07

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36; Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
Conductors: Beinum, Eduard Van
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

"These performances offer an accurate picture of the concise, sober, undistorted, yet not impassive of inflexible persona of a conductor whose discography is all too...continue...
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Sibelius: Symphony no 2;  Tchaikovsky, Beethoven / Stokowski
Sibelius: Symphony no 2; Tchaikovsky, Beethoven / Stokowski

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-05-20

Works: Jean Sibelius: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a; Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84
Conductors: Stokowski, Leopold
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

"The sheer originality of this performance of the Sibelius 2 takes one's breath away. I suppose a few may want to relegate this to the...continue...
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Tchaikovsky, Respighi / Silvestri, Bournmouth Symphony
Tchaikovsky, Respighi / Silvestri, Bournmouth Symphony

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op. 58; Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome
Conductors: Silvestri, Constantin
Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

"...Silvestri puts the right abandon into this teeming score, and the results are most telling. The other item is a brilliant account of the Pines...continue...
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The 1959 Royal Festival Hall Concert / Beecham, RPO
The 1959 Royal Festival Hall Concert / Beecham, RPO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Thomas Arne: God Save the Queen; Felix Mendelssohn: Overture for orchestra in F major ("Fair Melusina"), Op. 32; John Addison: Carte blanche, ballet suite; Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A ma...
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas

From Sir Thomas's last year of conducting before his death in 1961 comes this live concert recording from November 8, 1959. This disc features Beecham's...continue...
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BBC 40122
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6;  Mussorgsky / Giulini, et al
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6; Mussorgsky / Giulini, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

Carlo Maria Giulini remains the leading living Italian conductor, even counting Abbado and Muti, following in the wake of Toscanini and de Sabata. Giulini's elegance...continue...
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BBC 40232
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century - Thomas Beecham
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century - Thomas Beecham

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Hector Berlioz: Requiem, Op. 5 (Grande Messe des Morts); Thomas Arne: God Save the Queen; Felix Mendelssohn: Overture for orchestra in F major ("Fair Melusina"), Op. 32; John Addison: Carte blanche, ...
Performers: Lewis, Richard [Tenor Vocals]
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas

Beecham's last concert at the Royal Albert Hall was a performance of Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts. He retired permanently from the conducting platform soon...continue...
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BBC 44032
Rossini, Brahms, Schumann / Pierre Monteux, BBC Symphony
Rossini, Brahms, Schumann / Pierre Monteux, BBC Symphony

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Gioachino Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90; Robert Schumann: Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120; Pierre Monteux / Roy Davies: Pierre Monteux in Conversa...
Conductors: Monteux, Pierre
Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony; BBC Symphony Orchestra

All the works represented here on this CD have never been recorded commercially by Monteux, a premiere for BBC Legends. The Schumann is particularly rare...continue...
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BBC 40582
Berlioz: Le Corsaire, King Lear, Harold en Italie / Beecham
Berlioz: Le Corsaire, King Lear, Harold en Italie / Beecham

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Hector Berlioz: Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21; King Lear Overture, Op. 4; Harold in Italy for viola and orchestra, Op. 16; Trojan March (Les Troyens), H. 133b
Performers: Riddle, Frederick
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

"Le Corsaire" was used by Beecham to demonstrate the power of the RPO brass section which Beecham was inordinately proud of. This performance comes from...continue...
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BBC 40652
Otto Klemperer - Memorial Concert - Beethoven: Symphony no 9
Otto Klemperer - Memorial Concert - Beethoven: Symphony no 9

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K 477 (479a); Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
Performers: Bailey, Norman [Bass Baritone]; Hollweg, Werner [Tenor Vocals]; Minton, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]; Price, Margaret [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Kubelik, Rafael
Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
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BBC 40712
Beecham - Brahms, Beethoven: Symphonies no 2
Beecham - Brahms, Beethoven: Symphonies no 2

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73; Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas
Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The key performance here is the live Edingurgh Festival performance of Brahms' Symphony No. 2 from August 20th, 1956, where the audience literally goes wild...continue...
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BBC 40992
Chabrier, Mozart, Berlioz, et al / Thomas Beecham, Royal PO
Chabrier, Mozart, Berlioz, et al / Thomas Beecham, Royal PO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Emmanuel Chabrier: Gwendoline, opera in 2 acts; España, rhapsody for orchestra (also vers. for 2 pianos); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Div for Winds and Strings no 2 in D major, K 131; Frederick D...
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas
Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

This is an excellent collection of Beecham live performances he did with the BBC. These are works Beecham referred to as "lollipops", which he used...continue...
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BBC 41132
Schubert: Symphony no 9;  Cherubini, Cornelius / Boult
Schubert: Symphony no 9; Cherubini, Cornelius / Boult

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2001-10-23

Works: Luigi Cherubini: Anacréon ou L'amour fugitif, opera-ballet in 2 acts; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"; Peter Cornelius: Der Barbier von Bagdad
Conductors: Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

"Schubert's 'Great' C major symphony was a work very close to Sir Adrian Boult's heart, and at a 1969 Prom he gave a vintage performance....continue...
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Great Performers of the Twentieth Century - John Barbirolli
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century - John Barbirolli

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2000-07-25

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 4 in G major; Hector Berlioz: Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21; Edward Elgar: In the South (Alassio), Concert Overture, Op. 50; William Walton: Partita for Orchestra; Benjamin ...
Performers: Harper, Heather
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

"Glorious John" was not known in this country for his Mahler interpretation, but this 1967 concert of the Symphony No. 4, featuring soprano Heather Harper,...continue...
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