Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Great conductors of the 20TH century EMI VOL.6 - Andre Cluytens

CD1 [76:28]

Bizet: Symphony in C

Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française; Studio des Champs-Élysées, Paris; October 1953

Debussy: Images
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire; Salle Wagram, Paris; September 1963

Ravel: La Valse
Philharmonia Orchestra; Kingsway Hall, London; November 1958

CD2 [75:54]

Schumann: Manfred Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker; Grunewaldkirche, Berlin; February 1957

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire; Metropolitan Festival Hall, Tokyo (Live); May 1964

Wagner: Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3
Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris; Salle Wagram, Paris; June 1959

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov: Prologue, Scene 2 - Coronation & Entry of Boris
Boris Christoff (Boris) & John Lanigan (Shuisky)/ Chorus of the National Opera of Sofia Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire; Salle Wagram, Paris; September 1962

Best known for his interpretations of French music and his cycle of Beethoven symphonies with the Berlin Philharmonic, André Cluytens was a native of Antwerp, where his father was conductor of the Théâtre Royal. In 1927, he succeeded him, making his début with Bizet's Pêcheurs de perles. In 1932 he conducted at the Toulouse Opera and from 1935 at Lyon and Bordeaux, becoming a French national. After the war he was appointed to the Opéra-Comique in Paris (1947-53) and in 1949 succeeded Charles Munch as conductor of the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra. He was the first French conductor to appear at Bayreuth, and, after Munch, the most respected French conductor of his day, recording with such artists as Solomon, Gilels, Oistrakh and Shostakovich.
This compilation features a representative selection of Cluytens's recordings of the French, German and Russian repertoire with which he was associated throughout his life. His live performance in stereo of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra in Tokyo in 1964, a rarity given the small amount of good broadcast material available, is a must for collectors. Bizet's Symphony in C (acclaimed on its first release in 1954) appears on CD for the first time and the stereo recording of Debussy's Images (from 1963) is also a rarity. La Valse, with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1958, is new to the CD catalogue and predates Cluytens's complete edition of Ravel's orchestral music with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra in the early 1960s. Schumann's Manfred Overture (from 1957) represents Cluytens's close association with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he recorded a famous Beethoven symphony cycle. The short Wagner excerpt (from 1959) is a reminder of the conductor's connections with the Bayreuth Festival. Cluytens performed and recorded a great deal of Russian music, but the most celebrated is his complete recording of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov made in 1962 with Boris Chistoff in the title role.



  1. You've started a wonderful, wonderful project. And your blog & your taste are marvellous!!!
    Many, many thanks and season greetings. The happiest xMas and the happiest 2011.

    I've many volumes, but if you're uploding the complete collection... mmmmmh! :-)

    p.s. Bayreuth... this simple word smells so good...

  2. p.p.s.

    I'm a sincere follower now.

  3. i will upload the complete set(80cds in 40vols)

    Many, many thanks.

    I've just started a blog, take a look if you're interested... Just "warming up" now, but I hope to do a better work in the future.

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