C0004. CHARLES MUNCH Cond. Paris Conservatoire Orch.: Nuit (Samazeuilh); w.Jean Doyen: Concerto #20 in d, K.466 (Mozart); w.Henri Merkel: Grand Suite de la Pantoufle de Vair; Sérénade Concertante (both Delannoy); w.Marguerite Long: Rapsodia Portuguesa (Halffter); Emperor Concerto #5 in E-flat (Beethoven); w.Charnay, Navarra, Morel & Oubradous: Sinfonia Concertante, Op.84 (Haydn); Charles Munch Cond. Pierre Bernac: Cantata #189 - Meine Seele rühmt und preist (in French) (Bach). (Canada) 2-A Classical Record ACR 43/44, recorded 1938-44. Transfers by Seth B. Winner. Very Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 603167004227
"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