C1355. DIMITRI MITROPOULOS Cond. NYPO: ROB ROY – Overture, 1 Apr., 1951; BENVENUTO CELLINI – Overture, 26 Apr., 1953; MITROPOULOS Cond. NBC S.O.: LE ROI LEAR – Overture, 30 Dec., 1945; MITROPOLOUS Cond. NYPO, w.ELEANOR STEBER: LES NUITS D'ÉTÉ, 5 April, 1953 (the 2nd performance of this Cycle in New York!); (all Live Performances, all Berlioz). (Italy) ASdisc 619, Live Performances, 1945-53, Carnegie Hall. Very long out-of-print, final ever-so-slightly used copy.
“…Dimitri Mitropoulos again urged me to sing with him and the New York Philharmonic….Once again, we began to hunt for something special we could do together. We settled on a [then] little-known cycle of songs, 'Les Nuits d’Été' by Hector Berlioz…. 'Les Nuits d’Été' proved a miraculous welding of music and artists, music and text…I cherish the memory of this and all the music we made together. Within the year we recorded the six songs which comprise the cycle, plus three additional Berlioz songs, and it’s comforting to know that after all these years, ours remains the definitive performance of this luscious music….Is it any wonder that my memories of this fantastic man and the music we made together are still so vivid?”
- Eleanor Steber, ELEANOR STEBER, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, pp.128-129
"Steber definitely possessed the most glorious instrument of all, with its classically organized technique, impeccable management of breath support, easy agility and, above all, that phosphorescent top register….She was a singer who possessed a rare combination of vocal radiance, technical mastery and personal charisma, and during her best years, the distinctive purity, spinning tone and easy sweetness of her soprano [which] made her the Mozart-Strauss soprano of one’s dreams."
- Peter G. Davis, OPERA NEWS, Nov., 2003