CD: 75th Anniversary Box Set Volume 1: 1932–1957

LPO conducted by Beecham, van Beinum, Boult & Fistoulari

CD1: Sir Thomas Beecham(Also available separately as LPO–0006)
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 & David McCallum 

CD2: Eduard van Beinum (Also available separately as LPO–0011)
Arnold Beckus the Dandipratt (Overture for orchestra), Op. 5 (world premiere recording)
Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)
Beethoven Overture, Leonore No. 1, Op. 138
Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a (St Anthony Chorale)
Elgar The Wand of Youth, Suite No. 2, Op. 1b

Eduard van Beinum conductor
Eugenia Zareska mezzo-soprano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Cooper & David Wise leaders

CD3: Sir Adrian Boult
Nicolai Overture, The Merry Wives of Windsor
Haydn German Dances, Hob IX/12
Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks (transcribed by Sir Hamilton Harty)
Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
J S Bach Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV537 (transcribed by Sir Edward Elgar)
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending, Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra
Sibelius En Saga, Symphonic Poem, Op. 9

Sir Adrian Boult conductor
Jean Pougnet violin
London Philharmonic Orchestra

CD4: Anatole Fistoulari
Khachaturian Violin Concerto in D minor
Khachaturian Piano Concerto in D-flat major

Ruggiero Ricci violin
Moura Lympany piano
Anatole Fistoulari conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra made its first recordings on 10 October 1932, just three days after its first public performance following its founding by Sir Thomas Beecham. Recognised and renowned as one of the world's great orchestras, it has recorded and broadcast regularly ever since. This set of four discs presents a vivid chronicle in music of the Orchestra's first 25 years, its first four Principal Conductors, and its valuable contribution to the early days of the record industry.
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4 Audio CD boxed set

Listen First: CD1


'This four-disc set is a worthy salute to its first quarter of a century.'
Jeremy Nicholas, Classic FM Magazine, September 2007

'The LPO’s early polish gleams through and sets the gold standard for the calibre of playing with which they are still associated.'
Michael Tumelty, Glasgow Herald, 13 October 2007

'Best are Sibelius’s incidental music for The Tempest, its first (and previously unreleased) recording, and a stunning Chabrier España.'
Andrew McGregor, BBC Music Magazine, January 2008

‘The 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

‘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

‘The immediacy of the performances is electrifying. You’ll search hard to find a fresher approach to Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, or the precision Beinum gets from Beethoven’s Leonore No. 1 and Brahms’s Haydn Variations.’
Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman, 16 January 2006

‘The Elgar has never been bettered, not even by Boult ... There’s real excitement generated here.’
Hi-Fi News, August 2006

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