Berlioz • D'indy

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Composer(s):
Berlioz; D'indy
Works:
Harold in Italy; Symphony on a French Mountain Air
Performer:
William Primrose (viola), Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer (piano)Boston SO/Charles Munch
Label:
RCA Victor Gold Seal
Catalogue Number:
09026 62582 2 ADD (1958)
Performance:
starstarstarstarstar
Sound:
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5
Reviewer:
BBC Music Magazine

Munch, who as a violinist played in the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Furtwängler and Walter, was a conductor who rarely got things wrong. He gave charismatic performances in the concert hall and, with the Boston SO, taken over from Koussevitzky, made some of the most legendary recordings to have come out of postwar America. As this welcome reissue reminds us, his French repertoire was potent and full-blooded. There is an unforgettable Harold, with Primrose (in his farewell Boston season) in imperious form, and a finely chiselled, sonorous d’Indy symphony (though maybe Munch’s New York version with Casadesus was marginally more magical).

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