Charles Munch - 'Daphnis et Chloe'    (RCA Living Stereo 61846)
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Charles Munch - 'Daphnis et Chloe'    (RCA Living Stereo 61846)
C1344. CHARLES MUNCH Cond.Boston Symphony Orch.: DAPHNIS ET CHLOË (Ravel). RCA 'Living Stereo' 61846, recorded 1955. - 090266184620

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“Since its release in the 1950s (first as a mono LP and then in its true stereo incarnation), Charles Münch 's account of Ravel's DAPHNIS ET CHLOË has been the standard bearer. For years classical fans loved to say that the Boston Symphony under Münch was the world's greatest French orchestra, and whether you believe that or not, it is impossible to argue against him being one of the great interpreters of French music. This disc is one of the jewels in RCA's ‘Living Stereo’ series, and it is guaranteed not to disappoint.”

- Michael Brad Richman



“Münch recorded this gem with the BSO twice for RCA. Two different producers, and two different engineers. Lewis Layton who, along with Bob Fine at Mercury, set the standards for early analog stereo. They were very much the Toscanini and Stokowski of the mixing boards. This disc is a re-release of the stereo 1955 version which in LP was only released in mono, but in a very deluxe fold-open jacket with book and illustrations by a then unknown Andy Warhol. Münch's performance is astounding in every sense, and the BSO responds brilliantly.”

- R. V. Wendel



“The great conductor Charles Münch was born and raised in Strasbourg. The son of a musician, the nephew of Albert Schweitzer, originally a violinist, he became a professor of the Strasbourg Conservatory. In 1926 he was appointed concert master under Wilhelm Fürtwangler at Leipzig. After the accession to power of the Nazis, Münch left Germany and moved to Paris. He made his début in Paris as a conductor, where he founded the Orchestre Philharmonique de Paris in 1935. In 1938 he was put in charge of the Societé des Concerts du Conservatorie, which he directed until 1946. He used that position during the war and throughout the German occupation to protect French musicians and turned his salary over to the French underground. After the War he was awarded the Legion of Honor. In 1946 he made his American début with the Boston Symphony. After touring the United States and Canada with the Orchestre National in 1948, he was asked to replace the ailing Serge Koussevitzky as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra which remained one of the greatest orchestras in the world until he resigned in 1962. During his 13 years in Boston he won five new York Music Critics Circle awards, and many other for his outstanding recordings.”

- Zillah Dorset Akron