The Legacy of Charles Munch

 
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BERLIOZ / RAVEL / DEBUSSY / ROUSSEL / BIZET / TCHAIKOVSKY / etc
The Legacy of Charles Munch
Orchestre de la Société Philharmonique de Paris, L'Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris, London Philharmonic, Charles Munch

[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 14 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Sunday 10 May 2020

The inspirational French maestro Charles Munch on disc: an unrivalled retrospective, covering three decades of incandescent music-making, including recordings new to CD and long unavailable, newly remastered and comprehensively documented. This box set includes Munch's complete Decca recordings, as well as those for L'Oiseau-Lyre, Polydor, Philips, Deutsche Grammophon and Véga. From the beginning of his post-war contract with Decca come London-made recordings of French repertoire (Berlioz, Bizet, Debussy, Fauré, Franck, Ravel, Roussel, Saint-Saëns) and Austro-German symphonies (Beethoven 8, Mendelssohn 5, Schumann 4). Earlier, he recorded Widor and Ravel (the first-ever recording of the Piano Concerto for the Left Hand) for Polydor, and Haydn and Mozart for L'Oiseau-Lyre. Later, came Phase 4 recordings for Decca (Offenbach, Respighi, Bizet), his final reading of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique (Philips) and the Berlioz Requiem for Deutsche Grammophon.

Original jackets, insightful liner notes, rare photographs.

"Munch's second recording of Berlioz's setting of the Requiem Mass resonates to a vision recognising that the devil is in the quiet detail, and that (paradoxically) intimacy triumphs." BBC Music [Berlioz Requiem]

"He introduces elements of rubato into the music, so necessary to preserving its French spirit..the Munch version, recorded with the New Philharmonia Orchestra in December 1965 for Decca-London's "Phase 4 Stereo" series (high-definition audio quality of its time), has extra zing...so it's just frou-frou music. So what? The way Munch tears into it, it may as well be the Beethoven "Eroica." So just relax, put your musical acumen on hold for a while, and enjoy." ArtMusicLounge [Gaite Parisienne]

Tracks:

Ravel: Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Widor: Fantaisie in A flat major Op. 62

Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major, Op. 84, Hob. I / 105

Mozart: Adagio & Fugue in C minor for Strings, K546

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation'

Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini Overture

Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17 (excerpts)

Berlioz: Chasse royale et Orage (from Les Troyens)

Berlioz: Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21

Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Franck, C: Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Franck, C: Symphony in D minor

Saint-Saëns: Le Rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31

Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre, Op. 40

Bizet: Symphony in C

Bizet: La jolie fille de Perth: Danse Bohémienne

Indy: Fervaal, Op. 40: Prelude to Act 1

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Debussy: Images for orchestra: II. Ibéria

Debussy: Berceuse héroïque

Roussel: Petite Suite Op. 39

Roussel: Le Festin de l'Araignée, Op. 17 - fragments symphonique

Roussel: Suite in F major, Op. 33

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 1

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

Ravel: Boléro

Offenbach: Gaîté Parisienne

Bizet: Carmen Suite

Respighi: Pines of Rome

Respighi: Fountains of Rome

Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite

Barraud: Symphony No. 3

Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43 - Suite No. 2

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Berlioz: Grande Messe des Morts, Op. 5 (Requiem)

Eloquence Classics Release Batch 3, 2020 - Charles Munch