Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 in b minor, op 61 (rec. 27 June, 1935); Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole, op 21 (rec. 15/16 February,1932); Lalo: Concerto Russe: Intermezzo (rec. 27 June,1935; Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre, op 49 (rec. 4 April,1930). All with l’Orchestre des Concert Pasdeloup, Piero Coppola, conductor. 2005 digital restorations by Phillippe Deveraux. Liner notes in French and English by Jean-Michel Molkhou of Diapason. AAD, 71:20 UPC# 017685-11782-4
Buzz: “Merckel [1897-1969] is one of those French violinists…whose sterling musicianship remained broadly for home consumption. Of course he is closely associated with the native repertoire of which he was such a splendid exponent…” wrote Jonathan Woolf on Musicweb. Here are Merckel’s best Saint-Saens and Lalo recordings in new digital transfers.