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Sir Thomas Beecham Conducts Berlioz, Grétry, Méhul, Massenet - William Primrose (viola); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Thomas Beecham (conductor)
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  1. Harold en Italie (Harold in Italy), symphony for viola & orchestra, H. 68 (Op. 16)
  2. Zémire et Azor, opera in 4 acts: Pantomime (Air de Ballet)
  3. Timoléon, incidental music in 3 acts: Overture
  4. Le trésor supposé, opera: Overture
  5. Le Jeune Henri, opera: Overture
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  1. Harold en Italie (Harold in Italy), symphony for viola & orchestra, H. 68 (Op. 16)
  2. Zémire et Azor, opera in 4 acts: Pantomime (Air de Ballet)
  3. Timoléon, incidental music in 3 acts: Overture
  4. Le trésor supposé, opera: Overture
  5. Le Jeune Henri, opera: Overture
  6. La Vierge, sacred legend in 4 acts: The Last Sleep of the Virgin
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Both at the time and since there have been critics of Thomas Beecham's 1951 recording of Berlioz's Harold in Italy with violist William Primrose. They have accused Beecham of being too dreamy, too sensual, and too much in love with beauty to ever get the music moving. These critics are not completely wrong: while the first three movements of Harold are dreamy, sensual, and beautiful, thanks to the well-timed cymbal clash that opens the closing "Orgy of the Brigands," Beecham prevents the listener from falling too fast ...

Sir Thomas Beecham Conducts Berlioz, Grétry, Méhul, Massenet 2003, Sony Music

UPC: 5099709116728

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