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Manhattan Center, Thomas Beecham


Thomas Beecham—An Obsession with Music by John Lucas (Boydell Press, 2011) has been a recent self-obsession. Since Beecham died in my teenage years, I’ve always admired his Mozart and Haydn, but in particular his last Messiah (Goosens orchestration), Scheherazade, and of course, La bohème. But in today’s world Sir Thomas is probably better known for his definition of the harpsichord than for his contribution to music in the 20th century.

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