The Founding Years


© 2005 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd

℗ 2005 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd

Tracks 17-21 courtesy of Dutton Laboratories

Sibelius: Recorded 4 October 1934 at Leeds Town Hall. Producer: Walter
Legge. From previously unissued test-pressings. Mozart: Mass in C minor
recorded 3 October 1934 at Leeds Town Hall. Handel: Recorded 3 October 1934
at Leeds Town Hall. Mozart: Symphony No.35 recorded 30 November 1938 & 4
July 1939 at Abbey Road Studios & Kingsway Hall, London. Chabrier: recorded
30 November & 19 December 1939

Publisher (Sibelius): Edition Wilhelm Hansen

The London Philharmonic Orchestra wishes to thank Mike Dutton, Raymond
Glaspole and Lyndon Jenkins for facilitating the release of this recording.

Total playing time: 71:18

Released September 2005

CD: The Founding Years

Sir Thomas Beecham conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Sibelius The Tempest: Incidental Music, Op.109 excerpts (world premiere recording)
Mozart Mass in C minor, K427 (excerpts)
Handel Israel in Egypt (excerpts)
Mozart Symphony No. 35 in D, K385 (Haffner)
Chabrier Rhapsody, España

Sir Thomas Beecham conductor
Dora Labbette
Leeds Festival Chorus 
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Paul Beard leader (tracks 1–16)
David McCallum leader (tracks 17–21)

These remarkable, recently discovered recordings by the London Philharmonic Orchestra of music by Sibelius, Mozart and Handel from the 1934 Leeds Festival are conducted by the legendary Sir Thomas Beecham, who had founded the Orchestra just two years earlier. Included in a varied collection of works typical of Beecham are the first ever recording of Sibelius’s The Tempest, and the splendid sounds of Mozart’s C minor Mass and Handel’s Israel in Egypt – excerpts of extraordinary power performed by the Orchestra and the Leeds Festival Chorus.

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