C0021. CHARLES MUNCH Cond. Paris Conservatoire & O.R.T.F. National Orch.: La nuit ensorcelée (Chopin-Aubert); La mer (Debussy); Habanera (Aubert); S ymphonie fantastique (Berlioz); Pavane pour une infante défunte; La valse (both Ravel); Symphony #2 (Honegger) ; w.Pierre Bernac: Les trois complaintes du soldat vaincu (Jolivet). (Canada) 2-A Classical Record ACR 40/41, recorded 1942-46. Transfers by Seth B. Winner. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 603187004023
"It's difficult to articulate what makes Munch's conducting special - or indeed if there even is anything identifiably unique about it. A lesser talent would simply turn out generic, cookie-cutter performances; but Munch was anything but generic. He was one of the most musical of conductors; in so many of his performances, everything simply sounds 'right'. Certainly, his experience as an orchestral musician gave him a lot of practical insight into the mechanics of directing orchestra traffic. But a classic Munch interpretation never sounds calculated. Spontaneity was one of his hallmarks, sometimes to the surprise and discomfort of the musicians playing under him. From one night to the next, a Munch performance of the same piece might be very different, depending on his mood of the moment - yet it would always sound like Munch."
- Lawrence Hansen, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov. /Dec., 2012