Charles Munch;  Florence Kopleff, John McCollum, Donald Gramm  -  Romeo et Juliette  (Berlioz)    (2-Memories 2185/86)
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Charles Munch;  Florence Kopleff, John McCollum, Donald Gramm  -  Romeo et Juliette  (Berlioz)    (2-Memories 2185/86)
C1474. CHARLES MÜNCH Cond. Boston S.O., w.Florence Kopleff, John McCollum & Donald Gramm: ROMÉO ET JULIETTE (Berlioz). (Italy) 2-Memories 2185/86, Live Performance, 20 Aug., 1961, Tanglewood. Out-of-Print, Final Sealed Copies! - 8249194021855

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“It’s difficult to articulate what makes Münch’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 Münch 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 Münch 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 Münch performance of the same piece might be very different, depending on his mood of the moment – yet it would always sound like Münch.”

- Lawrence Hansen, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2012



“Charles Münch served in the German Army in WWI, but was a staunch defender of the French Resistance in WWII. Münch was a violinist by training (concertmaster under Walter and Furtwängler) 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, Münch was particularly admired for his French music, especially Berlioz, Debussy, and Ravel.”

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



“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