ArtistRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra/LPO/Sir Thomas Beecham
Instrumentsvoices, chorus, opera, symphony orchestra and archive
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Picture of CD of Sir Thomas Beecham conducting performances of  A Village Romeo and Juliet and Songs of Sunset by Frederick Delius Artist: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, LPO and Sir Thomas Beecham

SOMM-BEECHAM 12 - SIR THOMAS BEECHAM, Bart., C.H. The first of two studio performances recorded at Maida Vale Studios and broadcast on the BBC Third Programme on 23rd and 25th April 1948, this performance of A Village Romeo and Juliet is sung by Fabian Smith, Frederick Sharp, Sybil Hambleton, Rene Soames, Marion Davies, Vera Terry and Gordon Clinton with the BBC Theatre Chorus, Herbert Dawson, organ, Norman del Mar, repetiteur and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The second disc is a performance of the complete Songs of Sunset assembled from rehearsal takes recorded in Leeds Town Hall at the time of the Leeds Festival in 1934. This was previously issued incomplete on SOMM BEECHAM 8 and now includes the final part which has recently come to light. The soloists are Olga Haley, soprano, and Roy Henderson, baritone with the London Select Choir and London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Released in collaboration with the Sir Thomas Beecham Trust in support of the Scholarship Fund.

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Tracks on this CD

Delius A Village Romeo and Juliet
1.Scene I: September. A piece of land on a hill
2.Scene II: Six years later. Outside Marti's house
3.Scene VI: The Paradise Garden
Delius Songs of Sunset
4.A Song of the setting sun
5.Cease smiling, Dear!
6.Pale amber sunlight
7.Exceeding sorrow
8.By the sad waters of separation
9.See how the trees
10.I was not sorrowful
11.They are not long, the weeping and the laughter

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