Sunday Evenings with Pierre Monteux: Broadcast performances from California, 1941-1952. All Performances with The Standard Symphony Orchestra (San Francisco). CD No. 1 (78:13) BEETHOVEN: Consecration of the House Overture – Symphony No. 5 Prometheus Adagio – Egmont, Fidelio & Leonore No. 3 Overtures. CD No. 2 (75:51) MOZART: Don Giovanni Overture – Symphony in D, Haffner Piano Concerto in A (exc.) (W. Kapell, soloist) – Die Zauberflöte Overture – Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail Overture GLUCK: Iphigénie en Aulide Ouverture HAYDN: Symphony No. 88. CD No. 3 (70:12) R. STRAUSS: Don Juan – Tod und Verklärung – Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche – Der Rosenkavalier Suite. CD No. 4 (66:33) WAGNER: Parsifal (exc.) – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (exc.) Der Fliegende Holländer (exc.) – Tristan und Isolde (exc.). CD No. 5 (61:54) WAGNER: Die Walküre (exc.) – Siegfried (exc.) – Götterdämmerung (exc.) – Rienzi Overture LISZT: Les Préludes – Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. CD No. 6 (74:02) BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture – The Trojans Prelude – L’enfance du Christ (exc) – La Damnation de Faust (exc.) – Romeo and Juliet (exc.) – The Corsair Overture. CD No. 7 (70:14) MENDELSSOHN: Ouverture Die Fingals-Höhle – Symphony No. 4 – Ouverture zu Ruy Blas – TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy – BRAHMS: Five Waltzes from Op. 39 (arr. Hertz). CD No. 8 (76:27) ROSSINI: L’Italiana in Algeri Overture – BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 (exc.) – THOMAS: Mignon Overture – DUKAS: L’Apprenti Sorcier – MESSIAEN: L’Ascension – SIBELIUS: Valse Triste BRAHMS: Tragic Overture – WEBER: Euryanthe Overture SOUSA: The Stars and Stripes Forever. CD No. 9 (75:51) BORODIN: Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Christmas Eve Suite – Russian Easter Overture – Capriccio Espagnol – GLAZUNOV: Scènes de Ballet RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2 (exc.). CD No. 10 (74:59) FRANCK: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue (arr. Pierné) – Rédemption – Psyche Suite (exc.) – Symphony in d. CD 11 (1:19:12) GRETRY: Cephale et Procris – NICOLAI: Merry Wives of Windsor Overture – MASSENET: Phedre – FALLA: 3-Cornered Hat Suite ROSSINI: William Tell Overture – WAGNER: Tannhäuser Overture – RESPIGHI: Fountains of Rome. CD 12 (1:11:47) BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in c, Op. 37 mvt 1 (Solomon) – SCHUBERT-LISZT: Wanderer Fantasy (Lili Kraus, piano) – TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto in Bb minor, Op. 23 mvt 1 (Cherkassky) – BRAHMS: Concerto for violin and cello in a, Op. 102 mvt 1 (Naoum & Boris Blinder). CD 13 (1:13:59) WALTON: Façade Suite – SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 4 in d, Op. 120 – MOZART: Symphony No. 41 in C, K 551 – ALFANO: Aria from Resurrection – SIBELIUS: Pohjola’s Daughter – CHADWICK: Jubilee Released with the kind cooperation of Nancie Monteux-Barendse and The Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians. Selected and annotated by Arthur Bloomfield. Contents of CDs 1-10 previously issued on Music & Arts set CD-978 in 1997 (deleted). Contents of CDs 11-13 previously unissued Revised and Enlarged New Edition. Contains Nearly 4 Hours of New Material! UPC 017685-119224 Special! 13 CDs priced as 8!
BUZZ: Jonathan Woolf wrote of the first edition on Musicweb (UK): Many of the smaller pieces are new to the Monteux discography, much of the Strauss and Wagner as well; of the remainder– these are no mere ancillaries to his known recordings. Many are tighter and more emotive, more powerful and only a few poor performances intrude on the exceptionally high quality on display here. The sound … is generally good, exceptions noted, and the repertoire broad-ranging … Twelve hours with Pierre Monteux is no time at all, so zestful, so clear, so deft his musicianship and so sympathetic his conducting.
And John Canarina wrote of the first edition in his book Pierre Monteux, Maitre (Amadeus Press, 2003): "This set is valuable for its inclusion of many works Monteux did not otherwise record commercially…the level of orchestral playing is extremely high… The set documents the work of a master conductor and his musicians operating at a consistently high level in performances never intended for posterity"
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