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Beecham's Jupiter Symphony.
This is an excellent and life-enhancing performance of its type (that type is big) and while I haven't been able to to do an AB comparison, I'm sure it sounds more vivid than the last time EMI got around to it, so this should be a 5 star review. But it isn't because charging full price for 30 minutes of music is just a bit greedy. On the one hand, it would be delightful for HDTT to give us Beecham's Haydn symphonies, on the other, purchasing this download might only encourage them to sell them to us one symphony at a time. Thus . . . four stars.
Old fashioned but just lovely
This is old-fashioned 'big band' Mozart, uninformed by any vestige of HiP, but I still love it. Ths playing by Beecham and his beloved orchestra is just so natural and joyous. Sound is good, but the strings are a tad on the scrawny-sounding side. In real life, Beecham would have made them sing seductively, of course. A star dropped for that, otherwise treasurable.
Title: Mozart Symphony No. 41 In C Major K.551 ("Jupiter")
Artist(s): Sir Thomas Beecham conducts The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape
Released by EMI Records 1961
1 Allegro Vivace 8:42
2 Andante Cantabile 9:09
3 Minuet (Allegretto) 5:56
4 Molto Allegro 6:25
Total Time: 30:12