SIR THOMAS BEECHAM – DIRECTOR
Beethoven, Händel, Delius, Sibelius
Sir Thomas Beecham (St.Helens, Lancashire, 29.04.1879 – London, 8.03.1961). He studied at Rossall School and Wadham College, Oxford, but did not attend any music school. He made his debut in 1905 in London with the Queen’s Hall Orchestra and the following year founded the New Symphony Orchestra, which he conducted until 1909, when he formed his own ensemble, the Beecham Symphony Orchestra. In 1910 he also became an impresario, organising a season of high quality opera in London. From 1911 he introduced the ‘Ballets Russes’ and, at Diaghilew’s invitation, conducted some of them in Berlin. In 1915 he founded the Beecham Opera Company. During the First World War he financed and directed opera performances and concerts in London. After the war he resumed concert activity in England, Germany and Austria, and in 1928 for the first time in the United States. In 1929 he organised and conducted the ‘Delius Festilval’ in London and in 1932 founded the London Philharmonic Orchestra. After successes in Paris (where he was awarded the ‘Légion d’ Honneur’ in 1938), Australia, Canada, the United States and Mexico, he formed the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1946, with which he continued to tour tirelessly. From 1947 he conducted the Edinburgh Festival and in 1948-49 the Mozart Festival at Glyndebourne. He made his last appearance on the podium as a guest conductor on 7.5.1960 in Portsmouth. In 1916 he was made a baronet. Two musical societies are named after him, one in Redondo Beach (USA) and the other in Essex (Great Britain). His writings include ‘A Mingled Chime: Leaves from an Autobiography’, published in London in 1943 (reprinted in 1976 as ‘Lyric Stage’) and ‘Delius’, London 1959.
1 - Sinfonia No.7 In La Maggiore Op.92
Suite Dal Balletto "Love In Bath"
5 - Suite Dal Balletto "Love In Bath"
12 - Walk To Paradise Garden
Alla Marcia Da: Karelia Suite
13 - Jean Sibelius
other interpreters: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
style: Romantic, Baroque
running time: 71:54
format: CD - COMPILATION - ALBUM
label music: ERMITAGE
catalog: ERM - 132 ADD