C1549. DIMITRI MITROPOULOS Cond. Boston Symphony Orch.: Zauberflote - Overture (Mozart); Variations on 'I wonder as I wander' (Krenek); Symphony #2 in B-flat (Schubert). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-480, Live Performance, 23 Dec., 1944, Symphony Hall, Boston. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"I realized that there was actually a lot of thought insight in what [Krenek] had written....In those days, we called it very modern music, it was 'far out', and people used to tell me they couldn't understand this music; well, I couldn't understand it, actually [when we played it in Minneapolis, 11 Dec., 1942], but when I heard it on that broadcast from Boston [above], I honestly did like it....I could see there were things in there [Variations on 'I wonder as I wander'], that notes were popping out from different parts of the orchestra that I hadn't known existed."
- Rhadames Angelucci, Richard O. Boyer's Profile 'Maestro on a Mountaintop', THE NEW YORKER, 15 April, 1950
"[Mitropoulos]...This wonderful, saintly man had such tremendous energy and fire. He used to ask us for a huge dynamic range, and you can hear that so especially effectively in the performances of Mahler we gave with him. But then he was passionate about everything he conducted, and that included the newest and toughest music, which he tackled with the greatest enthusiasm.”
- Stanley Drucker, CLASSICAL RECORDINGS QUARTERLY, Winter, 2010
“Each of these disks, from Canadian engineer Yves St Laurent… [feature] St Laurent's natural transfer – made without filtering, like all his dubbings – it is easy to listen to, despite the surface noise.”
- Tully Potter, CLASSICAL RECORD QUARTERLY, Summer, 2011