New Expanded edition of the best selling classic -
Anecdotes, sayings and impressions of Sir Thomas Beecham
compiled by Harold Atkins and Archie Newman with a Foreword by Yehudi
Robson Books hardback 90 pages £10:95 ISBN 1-86105-393-2
This is a welcome return of an old favourite that
must have been dipped into and thumbed through by thousands of music
lovers, with a sense of humour, the world over.
Beechamís colourful personality, his keen musicianship
and his pithy witticisms have become legendary.
Just a few of his quick-witted razor sharp comments:-
Von Karajan Ė a sort of musical Malcolm Sargent
Toscanini Ė A glorified Italian bandmaster
Sargent (on Beecham hearing he was conducting in Japan)
"Ah! Flash in Japan"
On opera singers:-
A soprano was rehearsing the dying Mimi in the last
act of La Bohème with Beecham conducting. He called out: "I
want more tone Ė I canít hear you .
"Donít you realise," she protested, "that
one canít give of oneís best when one is in a prone position?"
"I seem to recollect", he replied "that
I have given some of my best performances in that position."
"There are two golden rules for an orchestra:
start together and finish together. The public doesnít give a damn what
goes on in between."
"The English may not like music, but they absolutely
love the noise it makes."
Always guaranteed to raise a smile.