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℗ Originally Recorded 1956. All rights reserved by BMG Music
Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921): Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78 "Organ" (tracks 1-4)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918): La Mer (tracks 5-7)
Jacques Ibert (1890-1962): Escales (Ports of Call) (tracks 8-10)
Berj Zamkochian, organ (tracks 2 and 4)
Bernard Zighera and Leo Litwin, piano (tracks 3 and 4)
Ralph Gomberg, oboe solo (Escales)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Munch, conductor
Recorded April 5 & 6, 1959 (Saint-Saens), December 9, 1956 (Debussy) and December 10, 1956 (Ibert)
Recorded in Symphony Hall, Boston MA
Producer: Richard Mohr
Recording Engineer: Lewis Layton
Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Remastered from first-generation session tapes at Soundmirror Inc., Boston MA
All sessions were recorded to 3-track 1/2-inch tape on Ampex 300 tape machines running at 15 inches per second.
Typical RCA Living Stereo mic setups included Neumann M-49 and U-47 condenser and RCA 77DX ribbon mics. Microphones were connected to custom-made RCA mixing consoles, which in turn fed the tape recorders.
This audiophile download is a remarkable achievement. Charles Munch leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra through majestic readings of works by Saint-Saens, Debussy and Ibert. The orchestra displays all of their expertise and renowned technique, led by one of the greatest conductors of all time. RCA Living Stereo engineering legend Lewis Layton made a sonic spectacular out of the Saint-Saens Symphony, highlighted by the mighty pipes of Symphony Hall's organ. This is a must-have album for any music lover’s collection.