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Charles Munch

Recorded Live - 1954

NBC Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch
Guild Historical GHCD2327 54m ADD
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This is another splendid release in the fast expanding series of historical reissues coming from the Guild label. Charles Munch has a sizeable discography but these intensity-filled live performances from 1954 show his penchant and flair for the music of his homeland.

Debussy's 'Ibéria' is filled with that magic and rural charm so typical of this composer whilst Ravel's 'Le Tombeau' is imbued with solemnity, mystery and a touch of Gallic romance that is well nigh ideal for this enigmatic work. Finally we have a rip-roaring account of Roussel's 'Bacchus et Ariane', the second suite in particular which moves along at a hell of a pace and which has the NBC players at the peak of their impeccable virtuosity.

These are well nigh definitive performances of these works recorded in rather fine sound so if you're a Munch fan, this will certainly appeal.

Copyright © 2007, Gerald Fenech