C1639. CHARLES MUNCH Cond. Boston S.O.: Symphony #10 - Adagio (Mahler-Krenek), Live Performance, 4 Dec, 1959; Symphony #7 in C (Sibelius), Live Performance, 4 Oct., 1957; Symphony #7 in c-sharp (Prokofiev), Live Performance, 27 Nov., 1953. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-610, Live Performances, Symphony Hall, Boston. [Live performances brilliantly displaying the splendor of the Symphony Hall acoustic.] Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"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