Auto boutiques-francophones Simple and secure cloud storage giftguide Kitchen Kindle Black Friday Deals Week in Music SGG Countdown to Black Friday in Lawn & Garden
CDN$ 97.99 + CDN$ 3.49 shipping
In Stock. Sold by thebookcommunity_ca
+ CDN$ 3.49 shipping
Used: Like New | Details
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: CDs, DVDs, video games, vinyl, and more! Fast delivery! All items are guaranteed!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Sym 41/Clar Cto/Bassoon Cto Original recording remastered

1 customer review

Price: CDN$ 97.99
Only 1 left in stock.
Ships from and sold by thebookcommunity_ca.
3 new from CDN$ 97.99 5 used from CDN$ 17.03

Product Details

  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00005NW09
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,307 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

1. Sym No.41 in C, K.551 'Jupiter': I. Allegro Vivace - RPO/Sir Thomas Beecham
2. Sym No.41 in C, K.551 'Jupiter': II. Andante Cantabile - RPO/Sir Thomas Beecham
3. Sym No.41 in C, K.551 'Jupiter': III. Minuet (Allegretto) - RPO/Sir Thomas Beecham
4. Sym No.41 in C, K.551 'Jupiter': IV. Molto Allegro - RPO/Sir Thomas Beecham
5. Cl Con in A, K.622: I. Allegro - Jack Brymer
6. Cl Con in A, K.622: II. Adagio - Jack Brymer
7. Cl Con in A, K.622: III. Rondo (Allegro) - Jack Brymer
8. Bn Con in B flat, K.191: I. Allegro - Gwydion Brooke
9. Bn Con in B flat, K.191: II. Andante Ma Adagio - Gwydion Brooke
10. Bn Con in B flat, K.191: III. Rondo (Tempo Di Minuetto) - Gwydion Brooke

Product Description

Sir Thomas Beecham was always known as a dedicated, even pioneering, exponent of Mozart's music. These recordings were made toward the end of Beecham's life, in 1957, '58, and '59 (he died in 1961), by which time he had become inclined to introduce certain "improvements" into Mozart's scores. For example, in the "Jupiter" Symphony, which he had recorded twice before, he added instruments in salient passages, changed registers, and muted the strings only at the end of the slow movement. More surprising here, however, is the absence of Beecham's famous imaginativeness. The performances are predominantly on the slow side: stately, deliberate, stolid. The symphony is rather cool, prosaic, and foursquare, with a lot of accents. The Minuet is not only slow, but lethargic and a bit coarse; the Finale loud and aggressive, though the counterpoint is clear.

The soloists in the concertos are the orchestra's principal players, whom Beecham always liked to showcase. In the great, late Clarinet Concerto, Jack Brymer's tone is mellow and beautiful, his playing easy and smooth as butter, but also a little stiff and lacking in poetry. The slow movement is extremely slow, but he sustains both breath and tone without strain. The Finale is best: lively, humorous, and varied. The much earlier Bassoon Concerto is less sophisticated, especially in its orchestration, but it is a charming, vibrant work. Gwydion Brooke revels in its sprightliness and virtuosity and uses his own brilliant cadenzas. The slow movement is simple and lovely; the Finale is a set of variations. Beecham accompanies with meticulous care, and there's a sense of spontaneous collaboration between soloists and orchestra. --Edith Eisler

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

Format: Audio CD
Sir Thomas Beecham rarely recorded with big name soloists believing that the players of his own Royal Philharmonic were just as good. So in concert and recording he used them . With Jack Brymer on the clarinet and Gwydion Brooke on the bassoon we can hear how right Beecham was. Under Beecham's hands both concertos are a pure delight balancing Mozartian elegance and clarity of detail. Symphony No. 41 is of course more weightier stuff but once again clarity and drama are nicely balanced. In the last movement Beecham seems to do a bit of Stokowskian tinkering adding what seems to be a trombone to booster the brass in the final pages of the work. It is not obtussive and is clearly in keeping with the spirit of the work. Very fine remastered sound(stereo) by EMI .
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 1 review
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A lovely way to be introduced to Beecham's Mozart Dec 13 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It's quite unfair for the Amazon reviewer to describe these late Mozart recordings from Beecham as "stately, deliberate, stolid." True, he came from an earlier generation of Mozarteans, and his tempos arern't brisk, but the correct adjectives are "easy, natural, and good-humored." Beecham's Mozart always creates a smile. The best example is his delightful Abduction form the Seraglio (EMI). This Sym. 41 plus two wind concertos isn't that ebbulient, but it's full of energy and life.

EMI has done a fine job remastering the late-50s sonics. They are still a trifle thin on top and tubby on the bottom (much like listeners of my age). Have no fear that these performances are dull or that Reginald Kell, the solist in the clarinet concerto, plays stiffly, as the Amazon reviewer claims. He doesn't attack his phrasing with extroverted energy (the current style) but adheres to Beecham's smooth, laid-back approach. In the bassoon concerto Gwydion Brooke's ability to make his instrument sing and chuckle by turns is a pure delight.