Sir Thomas Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)


# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
# Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
# Vinyl (1958 / 1978)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 8 of 100
# Size: 857MB (24/96) + 220MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

This recording with Sir Thomas Beecham and the magnificent Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was one of the most successful early stereo productions. While Beecham conducted all nine of the Beethoven symphonies, he did not record them all. However, the Second is the one with which he was most closely associated. He recorded it on three different occasions, each regarded as the outstanding version of its time.

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly.


Do you really want to know how good Beethoven’s Symphony #2 is? In most performances it comes off as either a poor-cousin precursor to the Eroica or as a slightly heavier version of #1. There are very, very few performances which capture the brilliance of this piece, and of those few (Monteux and Maag are the others), Beecham is the best. The symphony is full of verve, fire, humor, lyricism. Where else will you find an andante that actually sings and soars coupled with a finale that will have you dancing in your living room? Beecham’s impeccable attention to detail, his exquisite and unfussy phrasing, his vitality and open-heartedness, all lead to a very natural, brilliant (there’s that word again) performance. – “A Customer”,

Track listing

01 – I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
02 – II. Larghetto
03 – III. Scherzo (Allegro) and Trio
04 – IV. Allegro molto

You can see a listing of the entire Franklin Mint set here.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
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Shure V15VxMR (with Jico stylus)
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
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7 thoughts on “Sir Thomas Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

  1. Thanks Steve,
    Does Franlin have equivalent of all nine Beethoven Syms?
    This is another gem, and you’ve done yourself proud for such work.

    • Yes, all nine Beethoven Syms are a part of the FM set. All 9 will (eventually) be appearing here and on black-circles..

      I have all of them ripped already, it’s just a matter of getting to them.

      btw – there is a link to a complete list of the FM set in each of my FM posts.


    • Sym 3 is up a over at black-circles. Didn’t get a chance to post it here before vacation. Should be here in a couple days along with Sym 4..

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