Sir Thomas Beecham

Music Review
12:00 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Music Review: Beecham Conducting Delius Makes me Doze

Sir Thomas Beecham (1879-1961), is a well known British conductor, founding four prevalent orchestras and becoming the first British-international conductor by working in America.
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  • Delius's A Song Before Sunrise, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham on English Music, EMI Classics.

Sir Thomas Beecham, a great British conductor who celebrated unknown composers, preforms in this re-mastered album fifty years after his death.  Beecham is known for founding four symphony orchestras, and this six-disc collection is recorded with his last orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic. 

Five out of the six discs feature music composed by Delius, whose style is unique and recognizable.  Most of his orchestral works are slow, flowing string pieces with little dynamic contrast.

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