Charles Munch;  Burgin, Seefried, Serkin, Fournier, Samuel Mayes     (5-WHRA 6017)
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Charles Munch;  Burgin, Seefried, Serkin, Fournier, Samuel Mayes     (5-WHRA 6017)
C0746. CHARLES M�NCH Cond. Boston S.O.:� New World Symphony #9 in e (Dvor�k), Live Performance, 8 Oct., 1954;� Tod und Verkl�rung - Live Performance, 6 Oct., 1951;� Don Juan � Live Performance, 30 Sept., 1955;� Divertimento (after Couperin), Live Performance, 26 July, 1953, Tanglewood (brief bits missing on original transcription discs);� w.Richard Burgin (Vln):� Ein Heldenleben � Live Performance, 15 Feb., 1957;� w.Irmgard Seefried (S):� Allerseelen, Wiegenlied, Morgen & St�ndchen � Live Performance, 12 Nov., 1954 (all Strauss);� Symphony #4 in d, Live Performance, 26 Oct., 1956;� w.Pierre Fournier:� Cello Concerto in a, Live Performance, 6 Dec., 1957 (both Schumann);� Symphony #2 in D, Live Performance, 30 Sept., 1955;� Academic Festival Overture � Live Performance, 6 Dec., 1957;� w.Rudolf Serkin:� Piano Concerto #1 in d, Live Performance, 20 Jan., 1956;� w.Zino Francescatti & Samuel Mayes:� Double Concerto in a, Live Performance, 13 April, 1956 (all Brahms).� (E.U.) 5-West Hill Radio Archives WHRA 6017, all Live Performances from Symphony Hall (except Strauss-Couperin).� Transfers by Andrew Rose.� - 4015023160170


"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

�Charles M�nch served in the German Army in WWI, but was a staunch defender of the French Resistance in WWII. M�nch was a violinist by training (concertmaster under Walter and Furtw�ngler) and did not take up conducting until his 40s. He conducted in Europe at the beginning and end of his career, but made his biggest mark as Director of the Boston Symphony from 1949 to 1962. Perhaps owing to his many years as an orchestral player, he was a relaxed conductor, contrasting sharply with the dictatorial tendencies of both his predecessor Koussevitzky and his successor Leinsdorf�.In Boston, M�nch was particularly admired for his French music, especially Berlioz, Debussy, and Ravel.�

- Paul L. Althouse, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2012

�M�nch was a persuasive and at times profoundly original interpreter, and this set focuses his skills like no other that I know.�

- Rob Cowan, GRAMOPHONE, Sept., 2008