© 2005 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2005 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Tracks 17-21 courtesy of Dutton Laboratories
Sibelius: Recorded 4 October 1934 at Leeds Town Hall. Producer: Walter Legge. From previously unissued test-pressings. Mozart: Mass in C minor recorded 3 October 1934 at Leeds Town Hall. Handel: Recorded 3 October 1934 at Leeds Town Hall. Mozart: Symphony No.35 recorded 30 November 1938 & 4 July 1939 at Abbey Road Studios & Kingsway Hall, London. Chabrier: recorded 30 November & 19 December 1939
Publisher (Sibelius): Edition Wilhelm Hansen
The London Philharmonic Orchestra wishes to thank Mike Dutton, Raymond Glaspole and Lyndon Jenkins for facilitating the release of this recording.
Total playing time: 71:18
Released September 2005

CD: Beecham – The Founding Years

LPO conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham

Sibelius The Tempest: Incidental Music, Op.109 excerpts (world premiere recording)
Mozart Mass in C minor, K427 (excerpts)
Handel Israel in Egypt (excerpts)
Mozart Symphony No. 35 in D, K385 (Haffner)
Chabrier Rhapsody, España

Sir Thomas Beecham conductor
Dora Labbette
Leeds Festival Chorus 
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Paul Beard leader (tracks 1–16)
David McCallum leader (tracks 17–21)

These remarkable, recently discovered recordings by the London Philharmonic Orchestra of music by Sibelius, Mozart and Handel from the 1934 Leeds Festival are conducted by the legendary Sir Thomas Beecham, who had founded the Orchestra just two years earlier. Included in a varied collection of works typical of Beecham are the first ever recording of Sibelius's The Tempest, and the splendid sounds of Mozart's C minor Mass and Handel's Israel in Egypt – excerpts of extraordinary power performed by the Orchestra and the Leeds Festival Chorus.

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‘The disc’s highlight – which makes it quite indispensable – is Espaňa, a wonderful performance and a superb recording that might have been made yesterday. The infectiously happy ebullience of the playing, lit up with the glitter of castanets, bowls one over.’
Ivan March, Gramophone, February 2006

‘Tremendous performances, highly charged singing from the huge Leeds Festival Chorus, and all in astonishingly good sound.’
Jeremy Nicholas, Classic FM Magazine, January 2005

‘The excerpts from Sibelius’s Tempest music, never issued before, are a fascinating rarity … The studio versions of Mozart’s 'Haffner' Symphony and Chabriel’s Espaňa are scintillating examples of the playing that transformed the British orchestral scene.’
The Sunday Times, 9 October 2005

‘A real find’
BBC Music Magazine, December 2005

‘Full of vitality and elegance … irresistible’
The Sunday Telegraph, October 2005

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