This latest release in the highly regarded SOMM-BEECHAM series features the long-awaited live performance of Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No.3 and is a premiere release on CD. Beecham first conducted this work in the presence of the composer himself.
BERLIOZ Le Corsair Overture
GRIEG Old Norwegian Folksong with Variations
D'INDY La Foret Enchantee
SAINT SAENS Symphony 3 -Adagio
“The Somm label has unearthed some more buried Beecham treasure – and it’s pure gold...the recordings do have their limitations. Tubby-sounding timpani are a frequent feature and the strings sound a bit glassy at times...Overall, however, the recordings have come up remarkably well given that they’re nearly sixty years old. Forget any sonic limitations: what really matters here is that we have four fine and very enjoyable Beecham recordings”
17th June 2012
“The live recording of Saint-Saëns’s no doubt overblown Third Symphony...is simply magnificent. It may not be a major work, but in Beecham’s and the RPO’s skilled hands it is a hugely enjoyable one. The D’Indy performance is magical.”
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