This extract comes from a live 1949 performance released on BEULAH (12PD23) compact disc.Available in all good record stores or direct from Beulah at http://www.eavb.co.uk/lp/12pd23.html You can also download tracks from iTunes. Use the link above and select iTunes.
The strong cast reflects the best of British singers of the day. It includes: * Gwen Catley * Lorely Dyer * Richard Lewis * Trefor Jones * Norman Walker * Owen Brannigan John Quinn writes for Classical Music on the Web: There is some surface noise from the acetates but overall the sound quality is good. The notes include a comment made by Philip Hope-Wallace when the broadcast was repeated in 1979 to mark the centenary of Beecham‘s birth. He wrote: “the beguiling melodies are exactly the sort of light music which Beecham could give a delicacy and vitality all its own. It is a lovely recording which does not sound its age of nearly 30 years ago.” Twenty-two years further on those comments remain entirely apt. … …admirers of Bizet should snap up this issue while they can. The same applies to devotees of Beecham, the more so since this is a ‘live’ performance caught on the wing and a splendid example of his art in music to which he was so well suited. Two disc set 134 minutes.