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Sir Thomas Beecham conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in orchestral suites and choruses drawn from Handel's oratorios and concertos. In his 1940 recording of the Faithful Shepherd suite, we have some of the finest playing that he ever drew from an orchestra. Recordings 1927-1940. Transfers by David Lennick.
[1993, Mono, 69 minutes]
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Sinfonia from Solomon)
The Gods Go A-Begging (Suite, arr. Beecham; movements from Alcina, Il Pastor Fido, Terpsichore, Concerto Grosso Op. 6)
The Origin of Design (Suite, arr. Beecham; movements from Ariodante, Terpsichore, Il Pastor Fido, Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo)
Moses and the Children of Israel (Israel in Egypt)
Concerto Grosso No. 3. Op. 6: Larghetto and Polonaise
Pastoral Symphony (Messiah)
The Lord Is a Man of War (Israel in Egypt)
The Faithful Shepherd (Suite, arr. Beecham; movements from Il Pastor Fido, The Triumph of Time)
"Magically poised performances that are at turns grandiose, delicate, witty and affectionate." Classic CD
"Essential discs for Sir Thomas's many admirers, and recommended to anyone with an interest in orchestral recordings from the 30s." Fanfare
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