C0020. PIERRE MONTEUX; Cond. San Francisco, Boston, Chicago & RCA Victor Symphony Orchestras, 1941-61. The Pierre Monteux Edition, incl. Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Mahler, Chausson, Chabrier, Debussy, Scriabin, Saint-Saëns, Delibes, Gounod, d'Indy, Ravel, Ibert, Strauss, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tschaikowsky & Stravinsky. (Collaborating Artists incl. Voisin, Kogan, Marian Anderson, Gladys Swarthout, Maxim Schapiro, Boris & Naoum Blinder, etc.) 15-RCA 61893, in Elaborate Boxed Edition with 78pp. Booklet with photos & notes. Final ever-so-slightly used copy, the sole evidence being the neatly detached box top. - 090266169328
"Unlike most other French conductors, Monteux could produce a convincingly German orchestral sound in the music of Beethoven, Brahms and Strauss. He had a special affinity for the symphonies of Brahms throughout his life, but unfortunately left recordings only of the Second....Few German conductors have equaled Monteux in this work....If there is one performance in this entire collection which remains unequaled by any other conductor, it is Monteux's 1961 recording of Franck's Symphony in d with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Here, listeners are treated to the best of all possible worlds Ä the incredible virtuosity of Fritz Reiner's orchestra combined with Monteux's unmatched understanding of this score....
The Pierre Monteux Edition contains one previously unissued recording, Strauss' Ein Heldenleben, recorded on 20 Dec., 1947 with the San Francisco Symphony....The Pierre Monteux Edition is a required purchase for every admirer of this conductor's art."
- Gary A. Galo, ARSC JOURNAL, Spring, 1995