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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-Ouvertüre for orchestra in E major, J. 245 (Op. 59); Maurice Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin; Willem Pijper: Symphony no 3, K. 71; Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations; Emma...
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, Brahms, Schubert / Firkusny
Haydn, Brahms, Schubert / Firkusny

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-06-27

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Sonata for Piano no 59 in E flat major; Sonata for Keyboard no 33 in C minor, H 16 no 20; Johannes Brahms: Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 119; Franz Schubert: Sonata for Piano in B fla...
Performers: Firkusny, Rudolf

Rudolf Firkusny was one of the great concert pianists of this century, but also one of the last links to the most important figures in...continue...
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BBC 41732
Bruckner: Symphony no 9 / Goodall, et al
Bruckner: Symphony no 9 / Goodall, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-06-27

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109
Conductors: Goodall, Reginald
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

"... Movements start or progress in unassuming fashions, but actually a carefully paced drama is being unfolded and suddenly you find yourself riveted." -Chakwin, ARG...continue...
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Verdi: La Traviata / Norah Amsellem, Jose Bros, Renato Bruson, Maria Espada, Madrid Opera - Jesus Lopez Cobos [2 DVD]
Verdi: La Traviata / Norah Amsellem, Jose Bros, Renato Bruson, Maria Espada, Madrid Opera - Jesus Lopez Cobos [2 DVD]

2 DVD Video / BBC Legends / 2006-06-20

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata
Performers: Amsellem, Norah; Bros, Jose; Bruson, Renato; Espada, Maria; Mentxaka, Itxaro; Moncloa, Marco; Muzzi, Lorenzo; Rubiera, David; Sanchez, Emilio

Norah Amseliem as Violetta leads a cast of outstanding talent in Pier Luigi Pizzi's beautiful production filmed with High Definition cameras and recorded in multi-track...continue...
Run Time: 175 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC Widescreen, 1.78:1, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German...continue...
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Dvorák, Janácek: String Quartets / Smetana Quartet
Dvorák, Janácek: String Quartets / Smetana Quartet

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-05-23

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Terzetto for 2 violins & viola in C major, B. 148 (Op. 74); Quartet for Strings no 14 in A flat major, B. 193 (Op. 105); Leos Janácek: Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Kreutze...
Performers: Kostecky, Lubomir; Novak, Jiri [Violin]; Skampa, Milan

The Smetana Quartet was the greatest of a legendary line of Czech string ensembles. The quartet was formed on the 6th of November 1945 and...continue...
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BBC 41802
Delius, Mozart, Beethoven: Piano Concertos / Curzon
Delius, Mozart, Beethoven: Piano Concertos / Curzon

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-05-02

Works: Frederick Delius: Concerto for Piano in C minor, RT vii/4; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491; Ludwig van Beethoven: Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy"
Performers: Curzon, Clifford [Piano]
Conductors: Pritchard, John; Haitink, Bernard
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra

"The piece de resistance here is the Delius Concerto. Nowadays, Curzon is primarily associated with the core repertoire - Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms -...continue...
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Schumann, Beethoven, Bach: Piano Concertos / Hess
Schumann, Beethoven, Bach: Piano Concertos / Hess

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-05-02

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19; Robert Schumann: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54; Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in G major, BWV 916
Performers: Hess, Myra
Conductors: Gibson, Alexander, Sir; Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Dame Myra Hess was a pianist with a commanding yet unobtrusive technique who specialized in Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms. She made her debut...continue...
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BBC 41782
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
Elgar: Violin Concerto, etc / Menuhin, Boult, et al
Elgar: Violin Concerto, etc / Menuhin, Boult, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-03-07


Menuhin's performance of the Elgar Violin Concerto conducted by the composer in 1932, when the young violinist was only 16, became a landmark recording and...continue...
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BBC 41702
Mozart: Symphony no 36;  Brahms: Symphony no 1 / Giulini
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BBC 41752
Bach: Arias from St. Matthew Passion / Ameling, et al
Bach: Arias from St. Matthew Passion / Ameling, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-01-24

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Performers: Ameling, Elly [Soprano Vocals]; Barrow, John; Jenkins, Neil
Conductors: Steinitz, Paul

This recording showcases two great Bach singers, contralto Janet Baker and the Dutch soprano, Elly Ameling in arias from Bach's St. Matthew Passion. This BBC...continue...
Recording information: The Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great, West Sm (03/18/1972)....continue...
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BBC 41682
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
Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Cherkassky, etc / Cherkassky, et al
Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Cherkassky, etc / Cherkassky, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-11-23

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23; Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for piano; Shura Cherkassky: Prelude Pathetique, ...
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]
Conductors: Solti, Georg
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

Shura Cherkassky, was one of the 20th Century's greatest romantic virtuosos, a pupil of the legendary pianist Josef Hofmann at the Curtis institute in Philadelphia....continue...
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BBC 41602
Beethoven, Schumann, Schoenberg / Arrau
Beethoven, Schumann, Schoenberg / Arrau

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-11-23

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia"; Robert Schumann: Fantasia in C major, Op. 17; Arnold Schoenberg: Pieces (3) for piano, Op. 11
Performers: Arrau, Claudio [Piano]

Claudio Arrau was in intellectual, with a profound analytical bent, a deeply relective interpreter, commanding a tonal range of extraordinary breath, variety and depth. The...continue...
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BBC 41622
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, opera
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
Serkin - Mozart: Piano Concertos, German Dances, etc
Serkin - Mozart: Piano Concertos, German Dances, etc

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-10-19

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 12 in A major, K 414 (385p); Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466; German dances (6) for orchestra, K. 571; Prelude and Fugue for Piano in C major...
Performers: Serkin, Rudolf [Piano]
Conductors: Schneider, Alexander

This wonderfully relaxed recording of popular Mozart concertos given in 1966 at the City of London Festival in the Guildhall allows us to hear Rudolf...continue...
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BBC 41572
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
Dvorák, Brahms: Concertos / Fournier, et al
Dvorák, Brahms: Concertos / Fournier, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-09-21

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191; Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double"
Performers: Fournier, Pierre [Cello]; Francescatti, Zino
Conductors: Davis, Colin; Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Fournier and Zino Francescatti were born in Paris and Marseille respectively. Fournier was the leading French cellist of his generation and performed with all...continue...
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BBC 41492
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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BBC 41502
Tchaikovsky, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Rubinstein, et al
Tchaikovsky, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Rubinstein, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-09-21

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23; Robert Schumann: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54; Spoken Word: Artur Rubinstein in Conversation with Michael Oliver
Performers: Rubinstein, Artur [Piano]
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria; Schwarz, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra

Artur Rubinstein, one of the most celebrated pianists of the 20th Century, has been featured in Chopin and Beethoven concertos on BBC Legends over the...continue...
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BBC 41522
Strauss, Ravel, Mozart / Elisabeth Söderström, et al
Strauss, Ravel, Mozart / Elisabeth Söderström, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-09-21

Works: Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, AV 150; Capriccio, Op.85; Maurice Ravel: Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Fig...
Performers: Söderström, Elisabeth
Conductors: Dorati, Antal; Boulez, Pierre; Pritchard, John
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Elisabeth Soderstrom has remaimed a member of the Swedish Royal opera for life. Her repertoire includes a wide range of roles - from Monteverdi's Poppea,...continue...
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BBC 41532
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- Verdi: Requiem, etc / Giulini, Bumbry, Kónya, et al
Giulini- Verdi: Requiem, etc / Giulini, Bumbry, Kónya, et al

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-06-29

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino; Requiem Mass; Spoken Word: Carlo Maria Giulini in conversation with Michael Oliver
Performers: Arie, Raffaele; Bumbry, Grace; Kónya, Sándor; Ligabue, Ilva
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: Philharmonia Chorus; Philharmonia Orchestra

This performance which took place in April, 1964 is held by many of Guilini's admirers as being the greatest performance he ever gave of this...continue...
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BBC 41442
Schubert, Schoenberg, et al / Lucia Popp
Schubert, Schoenberg, et al / Lucia Popp

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-06-29

Works: Franz Schubert: An mein Herz, D 860; Der Jüngling an der Quelle ("Leise, rieseln der Quell"), song for voice & piano, D. 300; Jägers Abendlied ("Im Felde schleich ich"), song for voice & pi...
Performers: Gage, Irwin; Parsons, Geoffrey; Popp, Lucia [Soprano Vocals]

These two recitals taken from the Edinburgh Festivals of 1981 and 1984 offer a wonderful and varied follow-up to her St. John Smith's Square disc...continue...
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BBC 41482
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, overture; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"; Benjamin Britten: The Building of the House, overture for chorus & orchestra, Op. 79; Spo...
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
Ogdon - Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 5, etc; Schubert
Ogdon - Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 5, etc; Schubert

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-04-27

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"; Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original Theme, WoO 80; Franz Schubert: Sonata for Piano in C minor, D 958
Performers: Ogdon, John [Piano]
Conductors: Horenstein, Jascha
Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony

"John Ogdon's career was reaching its peak when, in January of 1969, he performed Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto at the Festhalle in Viersen, Germany. It is...continue...
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Perlemuter - Chopin: Piano Sonata no 3, Preludes, Scherzo
Perlemuter - Chopin: Piano Sonata no 3, Preludes, Scherzo

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-04-27

Works: Frédéric Chopin: Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58; Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54; Prelude for piano no 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190; Preludes (24) for ...
Performers: Perlemuter, Vlado

"It can almost be taken for granted that Perlemuter, born in Lithuania of Polish parentage, would have special sympathies for the works of the Polish...continue...
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Beethoven, Mozart, Smetana / Smetana Quartet
Beethoven, Mozart, Smetana / Smetana Quartet

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-03-09

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18/1; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet for Strings no 20 in D major, K 499 "Hoffmeister"; Bedrich Smetana: Quartet for Strings no 1 in E...

The Smetana Quartet was unique because instead of using music stands, they learned their repertoire by heart and played from memory which allowed them to...continue...
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BBC 41372
Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Bartok / Géza Anda
Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Bartok / Géza Anda

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-11-25

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3; Robert Schumann: Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13; Béla Bartók: Suite for Piano, Op. 14/Sz 62; Johannes Brahms: Variatio...
Performers: Anda, Géza [Piano]

Geza Anda studied at the Budapest Conservatory under Dohnanyi making his debut in the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 under Mengelberg in 1939. From 1947...continue...
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Beethoven, Mozart, Bridge: Trios / Menuhin, Gendron, Britten
Beethoven, Mozart, Bridge: Trios / Menuhin, Gendron, Britten

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-11-25

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in D major, Op. 70 no 1 "Ghost"; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in G major, K 564; Frank Bridge: Trio for Piano and Str...
Performers: Britten, Benjamin; Gendron, Maurice; Menuhin, Yehudi [Violin]

"This is a remarkable performance, not perhaps as red-blooded as some, but intense, subtle and beautifully shaped. Some of Menuhin's intonation is a touch raw,...continue...
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Schumann, Hindemith: Cello Concertos / Tortelier, Dorati
Schumann, Hindemith: Cello Concertos / Tortelier, Dorati

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-11-25

Works: Robert Schumann: Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129; Paul Hindemith: Concerto for Cello; Paul Tortelier: A Tortelier masterclass
Performers: Tortelier, Paul [Cello]
Conductors: Dorati, Antal; Downes, Edward
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

Paul Tortelier played in the Paris Conservatoire under Charles Munch and Andre Cluytens. His first solo engagement was in the Lalo Concerto with the Concerts...continue...
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BBC 41332
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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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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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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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 (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor ("Pathétique"), 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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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, Overture; 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 ...
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
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
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, opera ("La forza della fedeltà"); George Frederick Handel: Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63; Franz Schubert: Mein! ("Bächlein, lass dein Rauschen sein")...
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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BBC 41012
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 arranged for 2 pianos; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Div for Winds and Strings no 2 in D major, K 131; Frederick...
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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