Charles Munch conducts a Treasury of French Music | Music and Arts WHRA6027

Charles Munch conducts a Treasury of French Music


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Label: Music and Arts

Cat No: WHRA6027

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 6

Release Date: 9th November 2009



Previously unreleased live performances from Boston, 1954-58.

Charles Munch, who conducted the BSO from 1949 to 1962, disliked thorough rehearsals, preferring to “save” something for the concert. This could lead to considerable nervousness on the part of the players. Doriot Anthony Dwyer, whom Munch appointed first flute of the BSO in 1952 said “his rehearsals could be incredibly intense, even hair-raising, since we knew that what happened at the concert could be entirely different.

Thus we have welcomed alternative versions here to the studio recordings, in addition to getting Munch’s interpretations of works he never recorded commercially: Debussy’s Jeux, Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and Strings, Milhaud’s Sixth Symphony and Faure’s Requiem.

- Le Corsaire Overture (29 November 1958)
- Beatrice and Benedict Overture (25 July 1954)
- Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and Strings (8 October 1955)
- Harold in Italy, Op.16 (2 April 1954)
Joseph de Pasquale – Viola

CD 2
Berlioz: Les nuits d’été, Op.7
Victoria de los Angeles – Soprano
Debussy: La damoiselle élue
Victoria de los Angeles – Soprano / Radcliffe Choral Society
Roussel: Suite in F, Op.33
(9 April 1955)

CD 3
- Jeux (12 April 1958)
- La Mer (4 October 1958)
- Images pour orchestre (22 November 1957)

CD 4
- Valses nobles et sentimentales (29 Nov 1958)
- La Valse (29 Nov 1958)
Milhaud: Symphony No.6, Op.343 (world premiere) (8 October 1955)
Ravel: Rhapsodie espagnole (8 October 1955)

CD 5
Franck: Symphony in D minor (9 March 1957)
D’Indy: Symphony on a French Mountain Air, Op.25 (5 March 1958)

CD 6
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major (15 March 1958)
Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer – Piano
Fauré: Requiem (13 February 1956)
Adele Addison – Soprano / Donald Graham – Bass-Baritone
Radcliffe Choral Society & Harvard Glee Club

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