℗ Originally Recorded 1961. All rights reserved by BMG Music
℗ Originally Recorded 1959. All rights reserved by BMG Music
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Cesar Franck (1822-1890): Symphony in D Minor
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Petrouchka (1911 Version)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Franck)
Boston Symphony Orchestra (Stravinsky)
Pierre Monteux. conductor
Bernard Zighera, piano soloist on Petrouchka
Recorded June 7, 1961 (Franck) and January 25, 26 & 28, 1959 (Stravinsky)
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, Chicago (Franck) and Symphony Hall, Boston (Stravinsky)
Producer: Richard Mohr (Franck) and John Pfeiffer (Stravinsky)
Recording Engineer: Lewis Layton (Franck) and John Crawford (Stravinsky)
Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Remastered from first-generation session tapes at Soundmirror Inc., Boston MA
Original sessions recorded to 3-track half-inch tape on an Ampex 300 tape machine running at 15 inches per second.
This excellent recording from Living Stereo features legendary French conductor Pierre Monteux leading the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras in a compilation recording of two great classical masterworks - Cesar Frank's Symphony in D Minor and Igor Stravinsky's ballet, Petrouchka.
The Franck symphony was a cornerstone of Monteux's conducting repertoire, being part of the French symphonic tradition, and was the only work that he recorded with the Chicago Symphony.
Monteux also had a special relationship with Petrouchka, having conducted the premiere of the work in 1911, when it was the accompaniment for Diaghilev's ballet. He conducts the 1911 version on this album, instead of the more-commonly conducted 1947 revised version.
Both orchestras respond well to Monteux's wise and sympathetic lead. RCA's recording team capture the stellar sonics of the Chicago and Boston venues.