Sir Thomas Beecham. LPO Recordings

Sorry for the lack of new posts lately. Hopefully I’ll be able to have more time to work on new projects soon. Meanwhile, these are not my own 78rpm transfers, but are taken from the lp transfers which introduced me to these recordings while I was a student in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Most of these are transfers by A.C. Griffith, who did such wonderful work for so many years for various HMV Treasury and World Records Lp issues. The Haydn and Beethoven Symphonies are transferred by Keith Hardwick. Certainly transfer techniques have changed in the meantime, but the advantage of working from master materials for most (but not all, as you may be able to hear) of these recordings is a definite plus. I have only done minor de-clicking of the rather clicky pressings, and a smidgen of de-crackling. It’s a shame that so few of these recordings have been kept in circulation by EMI, but since Beecham re-recorded these works in the LP era, those are the versions which tend to get re-issued. There was a cd issue of this Tchaikovsky 5th, which may have used this transfer, but I don’t have it on hand. Other than that, I don’t believe there are “official” transfers in the digital era. Michael Dutton did issue most of these recordings, but even those cds are now out of print. In any case, those issues represent a more interventionist transfer technique, which, to my ears, alter the sound of the originals to a great extent.

CD 1:

Haydn: Symphony No. 93 in D Major
LX 721/3 (matr. CAX 7899/7904)
Recorded December 18, 1936

Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in E Flat Major
LX 505/7 (matr. CAX 7602/7)
Recorded October 4, 1935 & February 28, 1936

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
LX 586/9 (matr. CAX 7852/9)
Recorded October 3, November 27 & December 18, 1936

CD 2:

Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D Major
LX 856/8 (matr. 8427/30, 8602/3)
Recorded January 18, February 13 & July 4, 1939

Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B Flat Major, D. 485
LX 785/8 (matr. CAX 8409/15)
Recorded December 15, 1938 & January 11, 1939

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759, “Unfinished”
LX 666/8 (matr. CAX 8073/7, 8079)
Recorded October 12 & November 1, 1937

CD 3:

Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
LX 515/9 (matr. CAX 7757/66)
Recorded March 14 & 24, 1936

Franck: Symphony in D Minor
LX 904/8 (matr. CAX 8692/8701)
January 3 & 4, 1940

CD 4:

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64
LX 869/73 (matr. CAX 8682/91)
Recorded December 18, 1939 & January 4, 1940

Respighi: Rossiniana – Suite after Rossini
LX 391/2 (matr. CAX 7317/8, 7321/2)
Recorded March 2 & 3, April 17, 1935

Debussy: Printemps
DB 6549/50 (matr. 2EA 11439/42)
Recorded November 25, 1946; April 14 & 22, 1947
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

CD 5:

Rossini Overtures:
La Scala di Seta
LX 255 (matr. CAX 6836/7)
Recorded May 6, 1933

William Tell
LX 339/40 (matr. CAX 7219/21)
Recorded October 20, 1934

La Gazza Ladra
LX 353 (matr. CAX 7273/4)
Recorded October 20, 1934

Semiramide
LX 884/5 (matr. CAX 8669/8701)
Recorded November 30, 1939

Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81
LX 638/9 (matr. CAX 7963/5)
Recorded March 22, 1937

Dvořák: The Golden Spinning Wheel, Op. 109
DB 6656/8 (matr. 2EA 11646/7, 12275/78)
Recorded September 15, November 6 & 29, 1947
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Thomas Beecham, Conductor
London Philharmonic (unless noted)

Note: Somehow I didn’t catch the fact that the Rossini William Tell & Gazza Ladra got flipped when I numbered the files, but before I titled them. Rather than redo everything, please note the change when burning cds or saving the files. My apologies!

Note: Due to some spam in the “comments” area, I’ve had to change my settings so that I need to approve a comment before it appears for visitors to see. Sorry about this. One advantage of this, is that if anyone wants to send me a private message, just post it as a comment, and then include a note instructing me not to post the comment publicly.

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4 Responses to Sir Thomas Beecham. LPO Recordings

  1. maready says:

    Wow! This is a very generous treasure trove you have provided! I look forward to expanding my experience with Beecham in this repertoire and this orchestra; his EMI Schubert and Haydn sets with the RPO are long-time favorites, but the older stuff will all be ‘new’ to me.

    And thanks again for ALL your transfer work, many of which remain in high rotation on my IPOD playlists.

  2. Doug Tabony says:

    I’ve only made it through a part of this collection. Thank you 5 times over. The William Tell is the fulfillment of a long-held wish for an early, very high quality, and most especially, complete version. I’m truly looking forward to the Haydn symphonies.

  3. Elliot Rothenberg says:

    Thank you for posting these. Unfortunately, some or all of the Mp3 files have been deleted.

  4. tatifan says:

    Sorry, I’ve had to cancel my Rapidshare account….their rates were just too high. I’ve tried to save copies of my original files, which I will try to re-upload, but I’m really at a loss as to what service to use now. Mediafire or Megaupload seem to have a longer life that some but I’ve had difficulties with both. I also fear that some of the upcoming anti-piracy policies (if this thing called “SOBA” passes, for instance) will create a climate in which those of us doing original transfer work, and not intending to circumvent sales of “official” releases will be lumped together and harassed (as I have already been once regarding one of my Van Kempen posts, which received a DMCA complaint). This is part of the reason that I have not been active lately with new posts. I’m also not supporting mp3 versions in newer posts, as I feel most of my readers/listeners are interested in the higher quality versions. If the Flac links work, would you be able to convert them to mp3, anyhow? If this is a problem I will try and locate and re-up those files, of course.

    Thanks for understanding,

    Neal

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