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Sunday Evenings with Pierre Monteux

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • Label: Music & Arts Program
  • UPC: 017685119224
  • Catalog Number: 1192
  • Sales rank: 401,540

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Die Weihe des Hauses (Consecration of the House), overture for orchestra, Op. 124 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Monteux (11:35)
  2. 2–5 Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Monteux (28:50)
  3. 3 Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus), ballet, Op. 43: Adagio, Op. 43 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Monteux (8:07)
  4. 4 Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Monteux (8:50)
  5. 5 Fidelio, overture, Op. 72c - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Monteux (6:13)
  6. 6 Leonore Overture No. 3 in C major, Op. 72b - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pierre Monteux (12:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Overture - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Pierre Monteux (6:03)
  2. 2–5 Symphony No. 35 in D major ("Haffner"), K. 385 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Pierre Monteux (16:34)
  3. 3 Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414 (K. 385p): 2. Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & William Kapell (8:26)
  4. 4 Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414 (K. 385p): 3. Allegretto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & William Kapell (6:07)
  5. 5 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Overture - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Pierre Monteux (6:12)
  6. 6 Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384: Overture - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Pierre Monteux (5:45)
  7. 7 Iphigénie en Aulide, opera in 3 acts, Wq. 40: Ouverture - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Pierre Monteux (9:07)
  8. 11–14 Symphony No. 88 in G major ("Letter V"), H. 1/88 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Pierre Monteux (17:23)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Don Juan, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 20 (TrV 156) - Richard Strauss & Pierre Monteux (16:36)
  2. 2 Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 24 (TrV 158) - Richard Strauss & Pierre Monteux (22:38)
  3. 3 Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 28 (TrV 171) - Richard Strauss & Pierre Monteux (13:52)
  4. 4 Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227) - Richard Strauss & Pierre Monteux (16:42)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Prelude - Richard Wagner & Pierre Monteux (21:51)
  2. 2 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Act 1. Prelude - Richard Wagner & Pierre Monteux (9:10)
  3. 3 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Act 3. Prelude. Dance of the Apprentices. Precessi - Richard Wagner & Pierre Monteux (12:09)
  4. 4 Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Overture - Richard Wagner & Pierre Monteux (9:04)
  5. 5 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Prelude and Liebestad - Richard Wagner & Pierre Monteux (14:19)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music - Richard Wagner & Pierre Monteux (12:27)
  2. 2 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Forest Murmurs - Richard Wagner & Pierre Monteux (6:09)
  3. 3 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Siegfried's Rhine Journey - Richard Wagner & Pierre Monteux (10:03)
  4. 4 Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen, opera, WWV 49: Overture - Richard Wagner & Pierre Monteux (10:35)
  5. 5 Les Préludes, symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 97 (LW G3) - Franz Liszt & Pierre Monteux (14:51)
  6. 6 Hungarian Rhapsody, for orchestra No. 2 in C sharp minor (after piano No. 12), S. 359/2 (LW G21/2) - Franz Liszt & Pierre Monteux (7:37)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Le carnival romain (Roman Carnival Overture), ouverture catactéristique for orchestra, H.95 (Op. 9) - Hector Berlioz & Pierre Monteux (8:39)
  2. 2 Marche troyenne, for orchestra (Les Troyens), H. 133b: Prelude - Hector Berlioz & Pierre Monteux (4:29)
  3. 3 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 - Hector Berlioz & Pierre Monteux (11:29)
  4. 4 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 - Hector Berlioz & Pierre Monteux (11:43)
  5. 5 Roméo et Juliette, for alto, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra ("symphonie dramatique"), H.79 (Op. 17): Combat, Tumult. Romeo Alone. Fête at the Capulets. - Hector Berlioz & Pierre Monteux (29:20)
  6. 6 Le Corsaire, overture for orchestra, H. 101 (Op. 21) - Hector Berlioz & Pierre Monteux (8:08)
Disc 7
  1. 1 The Hebrides, overture for orchestra in B minor ("Fingal's Cave"), Op. 26 - Felix Mendelssohn & Pierre Monteux (9:20)
  2. 2–5 Symphony No. 4 in A major ("Italian"), Op. 90 - Felix Mendelssohn & Pierre Monteux (26:05)
  3. 3 Ruy Blas, overture for orchestra in C minor, Op. 95 - Felix Mendelssohn & Pierre Monteux (7:43)
  4. 4 Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions) - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Pierre Monteux (19:31)
  5. 5 Work(s): Waltzes, Op. 9, Nos. 1, 2, 11, 14, 15 - Johannes Brahms & Pierre Monteux (7:28)
Disc 8
  1. 1 L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera: Overture - Gioachino Rossini & Pierre Monteux (8:06)
  2. 2 Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68: Movement 2 - Johannes Brahms & Pierre Monteux (9:08)
  3. 3 Mignon, opera in 3 acts: Overture - Ambroise Thomas & Pierre Monteux (7:37)
  4. 4 The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'apprenti sorcier), symphonic scherzo for orchestra - Paul Dukas & Pierre Monteux (10:54)
  5. 5 L' Ascension, 4 meditations for orchestra, I/12a: 1. Majesty of Christ - Olivier Messiaen & Pierre Monteux (2:28)
  6. 6 L' Ascension, 4 meditations for orchestra, I/12a: 2. Serene Hallelujahs - Olivier Messiaen & Pierre Monteux (3:46)
  7. 7 L' Ascension, 4 meditations for orchestra, I/12a: 3. Hallelujah on the Trumpet - Olivier Messiaen & Pierre Monteux (5:15)
  8. 8 Valse Triste, for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/1 - Jean Sibelius & Pierre Monteux (5:04)
  9. 9 Tragic Overture, in D minor, Op. 81 - Johannes Brahms & Pierre Monteux (12:32)
  10. 10 Euryanthe, opera, J. 291, (Op. 81): Overture - Carl Maria von Weber & Pierre Monteux (8:06)
  11. 11 The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band - John Philip Sousa & Pierre Monteux (3:24)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovetsian Dances - Alexander Borodin & Pierre Monteux (8:40)
  2. 2 Christmas Eve (Noch' pered rozhdestvom), opera in 4 acts - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Pierre Monteux (14:06)
  3. 3 Russian Easter Festival Overture (Svetlïy pazdnik), for orchestra, Op. 36: [Excerpt] - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Pierre Monteux (9:34)
  4. 4 Capriccio espagñol (Kaprichchio na ispankskiye temï), for orchestra, Op. 34 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Pierre Monteux (14:08)
  5. 5 Scènes de ballet, suite for orchestra in A major, Op. 52 - Alexander Glazunov & Pierre Monteux (10:49)
  6. 6 Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: Movement 3 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Pierre Monteux (11:10)
  7. 7 Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: Movement 2 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Pierre Monteux (7:09)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Prélude, choral, et fugue, for piano, M. 21 - César Franck & Pierre Monteux (17:44)
  2. 2 Rédemption, for soprano, female chorus, speaker & orchestra, M. 52: Symphonic INterlude - César Franck & Pierre Monteux (9:12)
  3. 3 Psyché, symphonic poem for chorus & orchestra (also arr. for piano, 4 hands), M. 47: Psyche borne away by the Zephyrs. Psyche and Eros - César Franck & Pierre Monteux (11:28)
  4. 4–6 Symphony in D minor, Op. 48 - César Franck & Pierre Monteux (36:34)
Disc 11
  1. 1 Céphale et Procris, opera: Tambourin - André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry & Pierre Monteux (2:45)
  2. 2 Céphale et Procris, opera: Minuet - André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry & Pierre Monteux (6:19)
  3. 3 Céphale et Procris, opera: Gigue - André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry & Pierre Monteux (3:28)
  4. 4 Overture to "The Merry Wives of Windsor" - Otto Nicolai & Pierre Monteux (7:50)
  5. 5 Ouverture de Phèdre, for orchestra - Jules Massenet & Pierre Monteux (9:28)
  6. 6–8 El Sombrero de tres picos, Suite No. 2, for orchestra (scenes and dances from Part II), G. 59 - Manuel de Falla & Pierre Monteux (10:31)
  7. 7 Overture to Guillaume Tell (William Tell) - Gioachino Rossini & Pierre Monteux (11:04)
  8. 8 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Overture - Richard Wagner & Pierre Monteux (12:59)
  9. 9 Fontane di Roma (The Fountains of Rome), symphonic poem, P. 106 - Ottorino Respighi & Pierre Monteux (14:42)
Disc 12
  1. 1 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: 1st Movement - Ludwig van Beethoven & Solomon Cutner (15:25)
  2. 2 Wanderer Fantasy (Fantasie von Franz Schubert), for piano and orchestra (after Schubert, D. 760), S. 366 (LW H13) - Franz Liszt & Lili Kraus (20:09)
  3. 3 Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1. Allegro con spirito - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Shura Cherkassky (19:33)
  4. 4 Concerto for violin, cello & orchestra in A minor ("Double"), Op. 102: 1. Allegro - Johannes Brahms & Naoum Blinder (16:39)
Disc 13
  1. 1 Façade, Suite No. 1, for orchestra: Polka - William Walton & Pierre Monteux (1:18)
  2. 2 Façade, Suite No. 1, for orchestra: Tango Pasodoble - William Walton & Pierre Monteux (1:52)
  3. 3 Façade, Suite No. 1, for orchestra: Tarantella - Sevillana - William Walton & Pierre Monteux (2:30)
  4. 4–7 Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 - Robert Schumann & Pierre Monteux (22:29)
  5. 8–11 Symphony No. 41 in C major ("Jupiter"), K. 551 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Pierre Monteux (23:33)
  6. 9 Risurrezione, opera: Aria. Dieu de grace - Franco Alfano & Pierre Monteux (4:02)
  7. 10 Pohjola's Daughter (Pohjolan tytär), symphonic fantasy for orchestra, Op. 49 - Jean Sibelius & Pierre Monteux (11:20)
  8. 11 Symphonic Sketches, for orchestra in A major, L. 2/15 - George Whitefield Chadwick & Pierre Monteux (6:47)
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