ComposerGeorge Frideric Handel
ArtistSir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Beecham Choral Society/John Cameron/Lois Marshall/Elsie Morison/Alexander Young
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Picture of Double CD of Sir Thomas Beecham conducting Handel's Solomon with the Beecham Choral Society and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Artist: Sir Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Beecham Choral Society, John Cameron, Lois Marshall, Elsie Morison and Alexander Young

Beecham first conducted Handel's Solomon in the concert hall in March 1928 with the old Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London's Queen's Hall. Thereafter, he conducted Solomon in full on six more occasions between April 1928 and November 1955, just prior to commencing this recording.

In several respects, this is very much Sir Thomas' own versionof the score. He restored several of the airs which were seldom heard and wrote additional accompaniments for nearly every number.

Of Handel, he wrote:
Since his time, mankind has heard no music written for voice which can even feebly rival his grandeur of build and tone, nobility and tenderness of melody, scholastic skill and ingenuity, and inexhaustible variety of effort.

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

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Tracks on this CD

Handel Solomon
2.Your harps and cymbals sound
3.Almighty pow'r, who rul'st
4.With pious heart and holy tongue
5.Imperial Solomon, thy pray'rs are heard
6.Sacred raptures cheer my breast
7.Bless'd be the Lord
8.What though I trace each herb and flow'r
9.Bless'd the day when first my eyes
10.Thou fair inhabitant of Nile / Oh Monarch! With each virtue bless'd
11.Welcome as the dawn of day / Myrtle grove
12.When thou art absent from my sight
13.With thee the unshelter'd moor I tread
14.My blooming fair, come, come away
15.May no rash intruder disturb their soft hours
16.The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
17.From Arabia's spicy shores
18.Ev'ry sight these eyes behold
19.Adieu, fair Queen
20.Praise the Lord with harp and tongue

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