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Pierre Monteux (1875-1964)

Pierre Monteux (1875-1964)

Item No. GHCD 2342

Price GBP 4.60 / USD

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Release Date: 01.06.2008

Pierre Monteux (1875-1964) was one of the greatest French conductors of the twentieth-century, his career extending to almost 70 years, a fine musicians admired throughout Europe and the United States. He first came to international pre-eminence when he conducted – as music director of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes – the world premiere of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in Paris in May 1913. Within a few years, he was conducting regularly in the United States and, after the end of World War I, in Europe as well. In the USA, he was music director of the Boston Symphony and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras from 1919-24 and 1936-52 respectively, and in this unique collection of finely-restored broadcast performances of Russian music under his direction we can experience again the magic and virtuosity which the universally-loved maestro invariably brought to his performances. A fabulous record.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 (recorded 'live' 13 April 1952) Nicolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux - Conductor 9:29
02 Christmas Night from 'Christmas Eve' (recorded 'live' 19 December 1943) Nicolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux - Conductor 14:00
03 Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 (recorded 'live' 2 March 1952) Nicolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux - Conductor 14:09
04 Polovtsian Dances - 'Prince Igor' (recorded 'live' 23 December 1951) Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux - Conductor 8:37
05 The Rite of Spring (Le sacre du printemps): Part I - The Adoration of the Earth - Introduction - Augurs of Spring - Dance of the young girls - Ritual of abduction - Spring rounds - Ritual of the rival tribes - Procession of the sage - The sage - Dance of Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux - Conductor 14:24
06 The Rite of Spring (Le sacre du printemps): Part II - The Sacrifice - Introduction - Mystic circles of the young girls - Glorification of the chosen one - Evocation of the ancestors - Ritual action of the ancestors - Sacrificial dance: the chosen one Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux - Conductor 16:10
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