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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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Arrau - Brahms: Piano Concerto no 2;  Schubert: Three Pieces
Arrau - Brahms: Piano Concerto no 2; Schubert: Three Pieces

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-10-07

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83; Franz Schubert: Pieces (3) for Piano, D 946
Performers: Arrau, Claudio [Piano]
Conductors: Gibson, Alexander, Sir
Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra

"Claudio Arrau was described variously as 'Prince', 'Emperor', and 'King', of the keyboard, such was the awe in which he was held. Even more tellingly,...continue...
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Segovia - Bach, Villa-Lobos, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Granados
Segovia - Bach, Villa-Lobos, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Granados

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-06-24

Works: Vincenzo Galilei: Pieces (6) for guitar (arr. A. Segovia); Robert de Visée: Suite for guitar no 9 in D minor (Livre de Pièces pour la Guittarre, 1686); Livre de guittarre dédié...
Performers: Segovia, Andres

"This recording enshrines the complete programme of a recital the great guitarist gave, at the peak of his career, during the 1955 Edinburgh Festival, when...continue...
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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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Mozart: Double Concerto, etc / Curzon, Barenboim, English CO
Mozart: Double Concerto, etc / Curzon, Barenboim, English CO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat major, K 365 (316a); Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595; Sonata for 2 Pianos in D major, K 448 (375a)
Performers: Barenboim, Daniel [Conductor, Piano]; Britten, Benjamin; Curzon, Clifford [Piano]
Conductors: Barenboim, Daniel
Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra

"It is hard to contain one's praise for Curzon's artistry. In his touch, in his whole approach, he has the full measure of Mozart, treading...continue...
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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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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
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
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, 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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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
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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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
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
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
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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Wagner: Orchestral Music / Leopold Stokowski, London SO, etc
Wagner: Orchestral Music / Leopold Stokowski, London SO, etc

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2002-03-12

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Götterdämmerung; Rienzi
Performers: Lindholm, Berit
Conductors: Stokowski, Leopold
Ensemble: London Symphony Chorus; London Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

Stokowski's arrangements of the music of Wagner were staples of his concert and recorded repertoire. He only conducted a Wagner opera once, Parsifal in 1933....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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