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    Did Thomas Beecham ever record Beethoven's 5th Symphony?

    I'm asking because I saw a German film called The Dead Eyes of London made in 1961. One of the characters, a villain posing as a minister who operates a home for blind men, tells the men they are going to listen to Beethoven's 5th Symphony conducted by by Sir Thomas Beecham. At least that is what the english subtitles say. They don't say which orchestra.

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    To my knowledge he never recorded the 5th or the 1st (someone correct me if I'm wrong). All the other symphonies have been, or are still, available. Beecham was never a lover of some of Beethoven's symphonies, commenting, memorably, that the 7th sounded like "a lot of yaks jumping around".
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    He certainly conducted it but never recorded it to my knowledge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    To my knowledge he never recorded the 5th or the 1st (someone correct me if I'm wrong). All the other symphonies have been, or are still, available. Beecham was never a lover of some of Beethoven's symphonies, commenting, memorably, that the 7th sounded like "a lot of yaks jumping around".
    A lot of Beecham's quotes have to be taken with a pinch of salt. Like Glenn Gould he was often just out to provoke.

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    If you haven't got his other Beethoven, Jan9Pot7ck1, the best for me are lovely accounts of the 2nd and 6th. The 7th and 8th are good, but unspectacular. I find his Eroica stiff and unyielding and the BBC Legends 9th rather dull and a bit broad for my tastes. The only one I've not heard is his 4th.

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    Of Beethoven, Beecham apparently only recorded 2,3,6,7,8, and 9, plus Fidelio, the Mass in C, Missa Solemnis and the piano concertos — not too shabby for a conductor who was also known to be critical of the composer. But I think his temperament was more suited to Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert, plus opera in general.

    "The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought." —Sir Thomas Beecham
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larkenfield View Post
    Of Beethoven, Beecham apparently only recorded 2,3,6,7,8, and 9
    He definitely recorded a 4th with the LPO, Larkenfield. It may be well out of print now but it did exist. Mono recording, apparently.

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    Last edited by Merl; Aug-10-2018 at 11:10.

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