Georges Pretre;  Charles Munch  (Berlioz)   (BMG 40438)
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Georges Pretre;  Charles Munch  (Berlioz)   (BMG 40438)
C0113. GEORGES PRETRE Cond. Boston S. O.: Symphonie fantastique - recorded 1969 [A stunning, brilliant recording displaying the glorious Symphony Hall acoustic.]; CHARLES MUNCH Cond. Boston S. O.: Overtures - recorded 1958 (all Berlioz). (England) BMG 40438. Most elusive; Final Copy. - 743214043820


“Georges Pretre left his mark on the history of the Paris Opera, namely by conducting great works of the French and Italian repertoires at the Palais Garnier up until the end of the 1980s.”

- Stéphane Lissner, (Director of the Paris Opera), THE NEW YORK TIMES, 5 Jan., 2017

"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