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Schumann, Schubert: Piano Sonatas;  Brahms / Wilhelm Kempff
Schumann, Schubert: Piano Sonatas; Brahms / Wilhelm Kempff

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-05-20

Works: Franz Schubert: Sonata for Piano no 6 in E minor, D. 566; Impromptu in A flat major, Op. 142, no 2; Johannes Brahms: Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10; Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118; Pieces (8) for Pian...
Performers: Kempff, Wilhelm

"With his essentially classical disposition Kempff is not the pianist who will find new approaches to the repertory. What he does bring is a sense...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
Beethoven: Violin Concerto;  Mozart / Menuhin, et al
Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Mozart / Menuhin, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio for Piano in B minor, K 540
Performers: Menuhin, Yehudi [Violin]; Oistrakh, David [Conductor]; Oistrakh, Igor [Violin]
Conductors: Oistrakh, David; Menuhin, Yehudi [Violin]
Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

These are world premiere commercial releases that have never been available to the public since the initial radio broadcast. This terrific release presents three legends...continue...
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BBC 40192
Beethoven, Mozart: Piano Concertos / Curzon, Boulez, et al
Beethoven, Mozart: Piano Concertos / Curzon, Boulez, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 26 in D major, K 537 "Coronation"
Performers: Curzon, Clifford [Piano]
Conductors: Boulez, Pierre
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

A pupil of Artur Schnabel and Wanda Landowska, Clifford Curzon was deeply in touch with the musical legacy of the works he performed. In these...continue...
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BBC 40202
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 (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90; Robert Schumann: Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120; Pierre Monteux / ...
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
Khachaturian, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky /Rostropovich, et al
Khachaturian, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky /Rostropovich, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Aram Khachaturian: Concert-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra; Dmitry Shostakovich: Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococ...
Performers: Rostropovich, Mstislav
Conductors: Hurst, George; Davis, Colin
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra
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BBC 40732
Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos / Cherkassky, et al
Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos / Cherkassky, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30; Sergey Prokofiev: Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]
Conductors: Schwarz, Rudolf; Nagano, Kent
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra

"These recordings of concerts with Russian pianist Shura Cherkassky are a real treat for lovers of temperament and spontaneity. A native of Odessa, the legendary...continue...
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Walton: Cello Concerto, Te Deum, etc / Walton, Fournier
Walton: Cello Concerto, Te Deum, etc / Walton, Fournier

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: William Walton: Concerto for Cello; The Twelve, anthem for chorus & organ; Coronation Te Deum, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra; Variations on A Theme by Hindemith, for orchestra; Façade,...
Performers: Dowdall, Ann; Fournier, Pierre [Cello]; Tear, Robert; Wakeham, Michael
Conductors: Walton, William
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Philharmonic Choir; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

This CD features premieres of Walton conducting his own music on record for the first time. Walton's lyrical Cello Concerto features the legendary French cellist,...continue...
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BBC 40982
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
De Los Angeles - Scarlatti, Handel, Berlioz, et al / Moore
De Los Angeles - Scarlatti, Handel, Berlioz, et al / Moore

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Alessandro Scarlatti: Il Pirro e Demetrio; George Frederick Handel: Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63; Franz Schubert: Mein! ("Bächlein, lass dein Rauschen sein"), song for voice & piano (Die schöne...
Performers: de los Angeles, Victoria; Moore, Gerald [Piano]
Conductors: Schwarz, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

De los Angeles makes her debut on BBC Legends with a recital from the 1957 Edinburgh Festival. The French chansons, German Lieder and Spanish Folk...continue...
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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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