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Sunday Evenings with Pierre Monteux
     

Sunday Evenings with Pierre Monteux

by Pierre Monteux
 
Is this ever a generous sampling of Pierre Monteux and the San Francisco Symphony! Music and Arts' Sunday Evenings with Pierre Monteux collects broadcast performances from Monteux's lengthy engagement with the Standard Hour program, heard on NBC's Pacific Radio Network from 1941 to 1952. This show aired on Sunday evenings

Overview

Is this ever a generous sampling of Pierre Monteux and the San Francisco Symphony! Music and Arts' Sunday Evenings with Pierre Monteux collects broadcast performances from Monteux's lengthy engagement with the Standard Hour program, heard on NBC's Pacific Radio Network from 1941 to 1952. This show aired on Sunday evenings, sponsored by Standard Oil (the predecessor to Chevron), and it featured West Coast orchestras exclusively. Monteux was heard in San Francisco during the winter and spring, and in summer and fall, another orchestra (usually the Los Angeles Philharmonic) was heard in his stead. There was a strict rule about timing; each work played had to be 20 minutes or less, but no more. Although this constraint prevented longer works, such as would be expected in the concert hall, from being programmed, it did afford Monteux flexibility in programming short pieces of a greater variety than that observed on his concurrent RCA Victor studio recordings, which are heavily weighted toward French and Russian literature. The length of this set is nearly equal to that of BMG's huge Pierre Monteux Edition issued in 1994 at 14 discs; this is in 10 discs and runs nearly a 1,000 minutes. Whole discs within the collection are given over to Beethoven, Richard Strauss, Berlioz, Franck, and nearly two for Wagner performances. Also included is a Haydn "Symphony No. 88," George Whitefield Chadwick's "Jubilee," Rimsky-Korsakov's "Christmas Eve Suite," Messiaen's "L'Ascension," and several other rare works, including many that Monteux did not commercially record. There was a prior incarnation of this set issued in 1997 at only 10 discs; this one adds the discs Lollipops and Monteux as Accompanist to concert artists such as Lili Kraus and Shura Cherkassky, and Finale, which is a grab bag of stuff. It is here where one will find the Chadwick, a Mozart "Jupiter Symphony," and an aria from Franco Alfano's "Risurrezione" sung by radio and early television mainstay Dorothy Warenskjold. The sound, taken from transcription discs in the library of the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, ME, is mono in its entirety and somewhat limited even by the standards in place, say, by 1953. However, the transfers are all very clean and first-rate -- there is little to no source disc related noise among all 13 discs included. There is a noticeable improvement in the sound from mid-1950 on, as Standard Oil petitioned successfully -- the only sponsor that cared enough to do so -- against NBC to replace its company-made "ribbon" microphones with more responsive Altec Lansing models. Overall, compared to RCA Victor's typically bright, brittle, and distorted studio recordings from San Francisco, the recordings in this set are at least comparable to, and at times better than, Monteux's commercial recordings of the same period. This is a lot of Monteux, but there are considerable rewards -- the sheer looseness and spontaneity of his montage of bleeding chunks from Act III of "Die Meistersinger" is joyful and tremendously exciting orchestral music-making. If the Monteux Edition on BMG and Decca's Original Masters set (seven discs) are not enough Monteux for you, then Music and Arts' Sunday Evenings with Pierre Monteux is the next logical step. However, if you missed those other sets, then this may well be the best place to start. Of the three sets just mentioned, this one by far has the best liner notes, written by longtime San Francisco-based critic Arthur Bloomfield.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2007
Label:
Music & Arts Program
UPC:
0017685119224
catalogNumber:
1192
Rank:
208211

Tracks

  1. Die Weihe des Hauses (Consecration of the House), overture for orchestra, Op. 124
  2. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67
  3. Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus), ballet, Op. 43: Adagio, Op. 43
  4. Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84
  5. Fidelio, overture, Op. 72c
  6. Leonore Overture No. 3 in C major, Op. 72b
  7. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Overture
  8. Symphony No. 35 in D major ("Haffner"), K. 385
  9. Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414 (K. 385p): 2. Andante
  10. Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414 (K. 385p): 3. Allegretto
  11. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Overture
  12. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384: Overture
  13. Iphigénie en Aulide, opera in 3 acts, Wq. 40: Ouverture
  14. Symphony No. 88 in G major ("Letter V"), H. 1/88
  15. Don Juan, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 20 (TrV 156)
  16. Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 24 (TrV 158)
  17. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 28 (TrV 171)
  18. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227)
  19. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Prelude
  20. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Act 1. Prelude
  21. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Act 3. Prelude. Dance of the Apprentices. Precessi
  22. Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Overture
  23. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Prelude and Liebestad
  24. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music
  25. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Forest Murmurs
  26. Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Siegfried's Rhine Journey
  27. Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen, opera, WWV 49: Overture
  28. Les Préludes, symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 97 (LW G3)
  29. Hungarian Rhapsody, for orchestra No. 2 in C sharp minor (after piano No. 12), S. 359/2 (LW G21/2)
  30. Le carnival romain (Roman Carnival Overture), ouverture catactéristique for orchestra, H.95 (Op. 9)
  31. Marche troyenne, for orchestra (Les Troyens), H. 133b: Prelude
  32. L' Enfance du Christ, oratorio for soprano, 2 tenors, Baritone, 3 basses, chorus & orchetsra ("trilogie sacrée") H. 130 (Op. 25): La Fuite en Egypt Ouverture. Trio pour deux Flûes
  33. La Damnation de Faust, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, chorus and orchestra, ("légende dramatique") H. 111 (Op. 24): Minuet des Follets. Ballet des Sylphes. Marche Hon
  34. Roméo et Juliette, for alto, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra ("symphonie dramatique"), H.79 (Op. 17): Combat, Tumult. Romeo Alone. Fête at the Capulets.
  35. Le Corsaire, overture for orchestra, H. 101 (Op. 21)
  36. The Hebrides, overture for orchestra in B minor ("Fingal's Cave"), Op. 26
  37. Symphony No. 4 in A major ("Italian"), Op. 90
  38. Ruy Blas, overture for orchestra in C minor, Op. 95
  39. Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions)
  40. Work(s): Waltzes, Op. 9, Nos. 1, 2, 11, 14, 15
  41. L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera: Overture
  42. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: Movement 2
  43. Mignon, opera in 3 acts: Overture
  44. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'apprenti sorcier), symphonic scherzo for orchestra
  45. L' Ascension, 4 meditations for orchestra, I/12a: 1. Majesty of Christ
  46. L' Ascension, 4 meditations for orchestra, I/12a: 2. Serene Hallelujahs
  47. L' Ascension, 4 meditations for orchestra, I/12a: 3. Hallelujah on the Trumpet
  48. Valse Triste, for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/1
  49. Tragic Overture, in D minor, Op. 81
  50. Euryanthe, opera, J. 291, (Op. 81): Overture
  51. The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band
  52. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovetsian Dances
  53. Christmas Eve (Noch' pered rozhdestvom), opera in 4 acts
  54. Russian Easter Festival Overture (Svetlïy pazdnik), for orchestra, Op. 36: [Excerpt]
  55. Capriccio espagñol (Kaprichchio na ispankskiye temï), for orchestra, Op. 34
  56. Scènes de ballet, suite for orchestra in A major, Op. 52
  57. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: Movement 3
  58. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: Movement 2
  59. Prélude, choral, et fugue, for piano, M. 21
  60. Rédemption, for soprano, female chorus, speaker & orchestra, M. 52: Symphonic INterlude
  61. Psyché, symphonic poem for chorus & orchestra (also arr. for piano, 4 hands), M. 47: Psyche borne away by the Zephyrs. Psyche and Eros
  62. Symphony in D minor, Op. 48
  63. Céphale et Procris, opera: Tambourin
  64. Céphale et Procris, opera: Minuet
  65. Céphale et Procris, opera: Gigue
  66. Overture to "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
  67. Ouverture de Phèdre, for orchestra
  68. El Sombrero de tres picos, Suite No. 2, for orchestra (scenes and dances from Part II), G. 59
  69. Overture to Guillaume Tell (William Tell)
  70. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Overture
  71. Fontane di Roma (The Fountains of Rome), symphonic poem, P. 106
  72. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: 1st Movement
  73. Wanderer Fantasy (Fantasie von Franz Schubert), for piano and orchestra (after Schubert, D. 760), S. 366 (LW H13)
  74. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1. Allegro con spirito
  75. Concerto for violin, cello & orchestra in A minor ("Double"), Op. 102: 1. Allegro
  76. Façade, Suite No. 1, for orchestra: Polka
  77. Façade, Suite No. 1, for orchestra: Tango Pasodoble
  78. Façade, Suite No. 1, for orchestra: Tarantella - Sevillana
  79. Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120
  80. Symphony No. 41 in C major ("Jupiter"), K. 551
  81. Risurrezione, opera: Aria. Dieu de grace
  82. Pohjola's Daughter (Pohjolan tytär), symphonic fantasy for orchestra, Op. 49
  83. Symphonic Sketches, for orchestra in A major, L. 2/15

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