Sir Thomas Beecham - Tschaikowsky   (Beecham 1)
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Sir Thomas Beecham - Tschaikowsky   (Beecham 1)
C0003. THOMAS BEECHAM Cond. Royal Phil.: Romeo and Juliet - Overture-Fantasia; 'Polish' Symphony #3 in D (both Tschaikowsky). [Special mention must be made, in view of their relative scarcity, of CDs issued by the Beecham Archive, a private museum open by special appointment only. At one time they were available through English dealers.] (England) Beecham 1, recorded 1947. Long out-of-print, Final Copy!


"Early in 1949, to honor the upcoming 70th birthday of Sir Thomas Beecham, RCA Victor put on the American market some half-dozen albums of the conductor's latest HMV recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Of the six Tchaikovsky symphonies, the Third seems to me the most ideal vehicle for Sir Thomas' talents. This is particularly true of the three middle movements, and how fortunate are we that these are played without cuts! The outer movements do have a few judicious cuts, but to be fair, I've never heard a 78-rpm version of this work that didn't have them. Unmistakable confirms the entire final movement 'Allegro con fuoco' with - for example - 'appoggiature' and 'pizzicati' of contrabbassi that physically make the entire roundness of the original sound reproduction."

- The Shellackophile, 25 Sept., 2017