C1344. CHARLES MUNCH Cond.Boston Symphony Orch.: DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ (Ravel). RCA 'Living Stereo' 61846, recorded 1955. - 090266184620
"Since its release in the 1950s (first as a mono LP and then in its true stereo incarnation), Charles Munch 's account of Ravel's DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ has been the standard bearer. For years classical fans loved to say that the Boston Symphony under Munch was the world's greatest French orchestra, and whether you believe that or not, it is impossible to argue against him being one of the great interpreters of French music. This disc is one of the jewels in RCA's 'Living Stereo' series, and it is guaranteed not to disappoint."
- Michael Brad Richman
"Munch recorded this gem with the BSO twice for RCA. Two different producers, and two different engineers. Lewis Layton who, along with Bob Fine at Mercury, set the standards for early analog stereo. They were very much the Toscanini and Stokowski of the mixing boards. This disc is a re-release of the stereo 1955 version which in LP was only released in mono, but in a very deluxe fold-open jacket with book and illustrations by a then unknown Andy Warhol. Munch's performance is astounding in every sense, and the BSO responds brilliantly."
- R. V. Wendel
"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