C1616. GEORGES PRETRE Cond. Cleveland Orch.: Le Roi d'Ys - Overture (Lalo); La Valse (Ravel); w.David Gooding (Organ): Symphony #3 in c (Saint-Saens). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-491, Live Performance, 30 March, 1967. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“Georges Pretre left his mark on the history of the Paris Opera, namely by conducting great works of the French and Italian repertoires at the Palais Garnier up until the end of the 1980s.”
- Stéphane Lissner, (Director of the Paris Opera), THE NEW YORK TIMES, 5 Jan., 2017
“David Gooding was born in 1935 in Lockhart, New York, near Buffalo, he moved to Cleveland in 1958, after earning his B.F.A. at the University of Buffalo, where he studied with Copland and Chavez, to pursue a master’s at Western Reserve University. There Gooding, a virtuoso pianist and organist, was spotted by George Szell. By the time he completed his M.F.A. in 1963, the 28-year-old had already been serving for two years as the Cleveland Orchestra’s regular organist at Severance Hall, where he would continue in that capacity through 1974, appearing on several of the recordings the legendary maestro made with the orchestra.”
- Dennis Dooley