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Far and away the most stylish music-making on the disc is Beecham's 'The arrival of the Queen of Sheba', which may make the Yemeni sovereign less regal than in real life or perhaps in Handel's conception of her. But woe betide any Solomon having to cope with the lightning wit of such a monarch. Beecham's two LPO oboes have a tongue-twisting precision in their hair-splitting dialogues, and the imperious Sir Thomas directs his forces to such an assault on Jerusalem as any crusader or indeed Palestinian might envy [listen -- track 1, 1:38-2:51].

Copyright © 24 November 2004 Robert Anderson, London UK


Golden Years of the Gramophone

5 85911 2 ADD Mono REISSUE 78'25" 2004 EMI Records Ltd

London Philharmonic Orchestra; Thomas Beecham, conductor; Ernest Lough, treble; Temple Church Choir; George Thalben-Ball, organ, director; Alex Harris, trumpet; Harold Dawber, organ; Hallé Orchestra; Hamilton Harty, conductor; G Pavlenko, alto; Choir of the Russian Church of the Metropolitan of Paris; Nicolai Afonsky, director; Myra Hess, piano; Alessandro Moreschi, castrato; Peter Dawson, bass-baritone; Herbert Dawson, organ; Anni Frind, soprano; Chorus and Orchestra of the Grosse Schauspielhaus Berlin; Ernst Hauke, conductor; Richard Tauber, tenor; Arthur Dulay, piano; Charles Williams Concert Orchestra; Charles Williams, conductor; Manchester School Children's Choir; Gertrude Riall, choir mistress; Luton Girls' Choir; George Melachrino, conductor; Clyde Twelvetrees, cello; Elisabeth Schumann, soprano; George Reeves, piano; Feodor Chaliapin, bass; George de Godzinsky, piano; Charles-Marie Widor, organ; Richard Crooks, tenor; Herbert Dawson, organ; John Barbirolli, conductor; Florence Foster Jenkins, soprano; Cosme McMoon, piano; Joan Hammond, soprano; Leslie Heward, conductor; Paul Robeson, bass; Clifford Greenwood, conductor; Harold Williams, baritone; Malcolm McEachern, bass; Victoria de los Angeles, soprano; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano; Gerald Moore, piano

Handel: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Solomon); Mendelssohn: O, for the wings of a dove (Hear my Prayer); Jeremiah Clarke (attrib Purcell, arr Wood): Trumpet Voluntary (The Prince of Denmark's March); Grechaninov: The Creed (Second Liturgy of St John Chrysostom); Bach (arr Hess): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Cantata 147); Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria; Sullivan: The Lost Chord; Johann Strauss II arr Ralph Benatzky: Nun's Chorus (Casanova); Franz Lehár: You are my heart's delight (The Land of Smiles); Charles Williams: The Dream of Olwen (Edward Dryhurst 1947 film 'While I Live'); Purcell: Nymphs and Shepherds (The Libertine); arr Katie Moss: The Floral Dance; Reginald Morgan: Count Your Blessings; Walford Davies: Solemn Melody; Brahms: Wiegenlied Op 49 No 4; Musorgsky: Song of the Flea; Widor: Toccata (Allegro) (Organ Symphony No 5 in F minor Op 42 No 1); Stephen Adams: The Holy City; Mozart: Der Hölle Rache (Die Zauberflöte); Puccini: O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi); Jerome Kern: Ol' Man River (Show Boat); Offenbach: Gendarmes' Duet (Geneviève de Brabant); G Berthold: Duetto buffo di due gatti


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