C1473. CHARLES MUNCH Cond. Boston Symphony Orch.: Symphony #7 in E (Bruckner), Live Performance, 8 Feb., 1958; 'Paris' Symphony #31 in D, K.297 - Live Performance, 2 April, 1954; 'Jupiter' Symphony #41 in C, K.551 - Live Performance, 26 Dec., 1952 (both Mozart). (Italy) 2-Memories 2069/70, brilliant Live Performances, Symphony Hall. [Most extraordinary to hear Munch conducting Mozart and, especially, Bruckner!] Long Out-of-Print, Final Sealed Copy! - 8249194020698
"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
"When you played a concert with Charles Munch or attended one of his performances as a listener, it was not just a concert - It was an event. He never used the same palette twice. As a player, you had to give 110% of yourself, or be left out of the music."
-Vic Firth, percussionist, Boston Symphony Orchestra